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German Advanced 1 (L57) - Updated for 2018/19



You have good vocabulary and a fair understanding of fundamental grammatical rules and how to apply them. You may have done an advanced level course at school at least A2 level grades A & B or 5 years attendance at evening classes. You feel reasonably confident speaking in most common social or work settings and you are developing fluency in your reading and writing. You now want to use the language more flexibly and use appropriate register to suit the context. You also want to sort out in your mind (and on paper) some of the more complex grammar forms.  

Main Objectives:

The course will demand greater accuracy from you and involve you more in the exploration of issues of a cultural or political nature.

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.

Course Text

Erkundungen, Kompakt B2 mit CD, Didier Van Cauwelaert, Schubert-Verlag, Leipzig, ISBN: 978-3941323261 Please make sure you buy the new 2nd edition (2016)!

Also other materials such as DVDs and videos and CDs will be used where relevant.

A copy can be purchased from the University Bookshop 

Course Description

The course gives you an opportunity to discuss and study various aspects of the German speaking world and its culture.

You will have access to online resources for a more independent learning.You will be part of a small group (up to 12 people) and will have plenty of opportunity to talk. You will be encouraged to take part in discussions and debates, to exploit texts, videos and audio materials. You will discover contemporaty writers and follow political and social developments in the German news.

Weekly homework taks will be set.


This course will cover the following:


  • CVs
  • at home and travelling
  • cultures
  • work and study
  • leisure
  • current affairs;
  • places of interest in the German-speaking world;
  • general cultural information.


  • grammatical topics will be revised when needed.


  • listening, speaking, reading and writing.