This level is applied to a limited number of Language Centre courses as a bridge between Intermediate and Advanced. You will probably have completed over 200 hours of tuition or had some learning of the language in post-compulsory schooling at least AS level grades A & B or A2 level up to grade C or equivalent. While being able to express yourself reasonably well and quite accurately, some of the language spoken at native speaker speed still escapes you and feel the need for more intensive practice, both in speaking and in writing.
The course will improve your competence in an increasing range of factual, persuasive and expressive language tasks performed in a variety of contexts at a higher level. Emphasis will be on conversation, reading/listening comprehension.
Please read our Can-do Statements (link on the right of this page) to see the competences which you will be working towards and can achieve by the end of the year.
1 x 2 hour class per week plus some independent learning.
Braun, B., Dengler, S., Fügert, N., Hohmann, S. (2014) Mittelpunkt neu B1+: Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch mit Audio-CD, Stuttgart: Ernst Klett Sprachen (ISBN 978-3-12-676645-6)
A copy can be purchased from the University Bookshop
Based on a step-by-step approach, the course is divided into learning blocks each of which focuses on practical, useful and manageable language.You will develop cultural awareness of the German speaking world.
You will have access to online resources for a more independent learning.
Homework tasks will be set each week to consolidate what you have learnt in class.
Writing and speaking activities will be supported by authentic written and spoken material focusing on aspects of German life and culture in German speaking countries.
- Societal values;
- interacting with others;
- studying abroad.
The course will review and develop essential features such as:
- word order;
- relative clauses
- items allowing greater differentiation and sophistication of expression, such as: the passive; conditions.
- listening, speaking, reading and writing.