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German Lower Intermediate (L54) - Updated for 2017/18

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

Passwort Deutsch 2 Kurs und Uebungsbuch + CD (fünfbändig), Albrecht et al, Ernst Klett Sprachen Stuttgart GmbH, ISBN: 978-3-12-676413-1

Please ensure that you purchase the course book (Kursbuch) which includes the work book (Uebungsbuch).

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

A copy can be purchased from the University Bookshop, telephone: (024) 7652 3388.

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

Passwort Deutsch 2, covers the following:

Topics

  • work;
  • holiday;
  • looking for a flat;
  • describing rooms/houses;
  • sports and leisure;
  • people and places in Germany, Austria and Switzerland;
  • festivals and customs.

Grammar

  • compound nouns;
  • modal verbs;
  • comparatives and superlatives;
  • word order;
  • prepositions;
  • pronouns;
  • separable verbs;
  • perfect tense;
  • subordinate clauses;
  • cases.

Skills

  • listening, speaking, reading and writing.