What is the course about?
To enable students to discuss and learn about a variety of topics, to practise the four skills of speaking,
listening, reading and writing and to revise grammar. You will read about, listen to and discuss everyday topics, which will enable you to speak more fluently in German as well as being well-informed about life in German speaking countries.
What will we cover?
We will discuss a variety of topics including German culture (films and radio reports) and current affairs. Other topics might include work, migration, health and fitness and art.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-gain more confidence using more compex grammatical structures orally and in writing
-understand the gist of more advanced texts and audio-visual materials/ films with more confidence
-discuss everyday life, current affairs and cultural aspects with improved fluency
-give a short presentation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have studied German for at least four years, have a rusty A-level, or an equivalent knowledge of the language. The level within the European framework is B2.
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 knowledge of more complex grammar terminology such as: the subjunctive, the conditional, the dative, the accusative, subordinate clauses and conjunctions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will work with a course book but also watch video clips as well as be introduced to other authentic materials, which can be accessed on moodle.
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?
Exact coursebook (B2) to be discussed with tutor in the first session.
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 4/5 courses. You might also be interested in a workshop "German4/5 advanced grammar and conversation" in the summer.
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