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German Lower Intermediate (L54)

Summary

Level:

You will have completed over 100 hours of tuition fairly recently or you have a reasonable foundation in the language at school level, possibly to 'O'/GCSE level up to grade B or equivalent. You can deal with most common 'survival' situations confidently. You now want to start moving beyond merely practising simple exchanges during your holiday or work trip abroad, learning to cope in non-routine situations and contributing to conversations on topics of general interest.

Main Objectives:

You will develop further competence in a range of predictable everyday language tasks. The course will demand more of you by way of vocabulary learning and extend your understanding of the grammar of the language, e.g. by learning even more tenses.

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.

Teaching:

1 x 2 hour class per week plus some independent learning.

 

Course Text

Menschen Kursbuch A2.1, Charlotte Habersack et al, Hueber ISBN: 978-3-19-301902-8

Menschen Arbeitsbuch A2.1, Anna Breitsameter et al, Hueber ISBN: 978-3-19-311902-5

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

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.

Syllabus

covers the following:

Topics

  • work;
  • family;
  • describing rooms/houses;
  • shopping;
  • sightseeing;
  • people and places in Germany, Austria and Switzerland;
  • sport and fitness;
  • health;
  • eating out;
  • festivals and customs.

Grammar

  • possessive articles;
  • cases;
  • perfect tense;
  • prepositions;
  • adjective endings;
  • subjunctive;
  • conjunctions;
  • reflexive verbs.

Skills

  • listening, speaking, reading and writing.