What is the course about?
To improve students' reading, listening and comprehension skills and to develop their ability to discuss a variety of topics at an advanced level.
What will we cover?
Contemporary issues (cultural, political, social) in the German-speaking countries; revision of aspects of grammar.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-feel more confident about reading newspapers & magazines and following news and current affairs programmes on video.
-summarise news items and other short programmes
-discuss a wide range of topics relating to Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have a good command of German, equivalent to at least A-level standard. C1/2
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?
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?
Texts available in class. If a course book is recommended 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?
Depending on your level, other German 5 or 6 courses. You might also be interested in a German 4/5 workshop "advanced grammar and conversation" in July. Please, enrol early to avoid disappointment.
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