What is the course about?
This course aims to develop your writing, reading, listening and speaking skills in order to communicate effectively with German speakers at an intermediate level.
What will we cover?
Read a text about history; talk about events in the past; migration; Europe; men and women; talk about feelings; talk about your problems; express wishes; hospital.
Grammar: perfect, imperfect, past perfect; subordinate clauses with "während", "als", "nachdem", "bis", and "bevor"; relative clause in the nominative, accusative and dative; "nicht nur … sondern auch", "weder… noch".
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- talk about a historic event
- talk about migration and Europe
- express feelings
- talk about problems and express wishes
- communicate with staff in a hospital
- use the three past tenses
- use subordinate clauses with "während", "als", "nachdem", "bis", and "bevor"
- use relative clauses in three cases
- use "nicht nur … sondern auch", "weder… noch".
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have studied German for about three years recently or have taken the first module of this course, or have an equivalent knowledge of the language.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide or on our website.
It is also essential that you have some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation. It would be helpful if you had knowledge of more intermediate grammar terminology such as: dative, accusative, subordinate and main clause.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Berliner Platz 3 NEU in Teilbänden 1. Teil chapters 28-30 and Raststätte 10 ISBN 9783126060738. Please try: Grant and Cutler - http://www.foyles.co.uk/Grant-and-Cutler-at-Foyles (020 7734 2012) and The European Bookshop - http://www.europeanbookshop.com (020 7734 5259).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
German 3 lower module 3.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details