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German Intermediate (L55) - Updated for 2017/18

Summary

Level:

You will have completed over 150 hours of tuition or have had a good foundation at school in the language, at least 'O'/GCSE level with grades A & B or A-level up to grade C or equivalent. You have reached the stage where you can understand a good proportion of the language when native speakers talk to you about a range of common topics. You can express yourself simply and with reasonable accuracy but you are hesitant in more demanding situations. You want to develop your fluency and extend the range of contexts in which you use the language.

Main Objectives:

The course will improve your competence in an increasing range of factual, persuasive and expressive language tasks performed in a variety of contexts.

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 3 Kurs und Uebungsbuch + CD (fünfbändig), Albrecht et al, Ernst Klett Sprachen Stuttgart GmbH, ISBN: 978-3126764162

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 3 covers the following:

Topics

  • family;
  • relationships;
  • leisure;
  • work;
  • German-speaking countries and people;
  • health;
  • business and economy;
  • education.

Grammar

  • modal verbs;
  • adjective endings;
  • word order;
  • perfect tense;
  • separable verbs;
  • imperfect tense;
  • future tense;
  • prepositions and cases;
  • comparative and superlative;
  • relative clauses;
  • subordinating conjunctions;
  • pronominal adverbs;
  • verbs with prepositions;
  • subjunctive;
  • reflexive verbs.

Skills

  • listening, speaking, reading and writing.