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German Higher Intermediate (L56) - Updated for 2017/18

Summary

Level:

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.

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 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.

Teaching:

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

 

Course Text

Mittelpunkt neu B2, Sander, I., Daniels, A., Köhl-Kuhn, R., Bauer-Hutz, B., Mautsch, K.F., Tremp Soares, H.; Ernst Klett Sprachen Stuttgart 2012, ISBN: 978-3-12-676652-4

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

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.

Topics

  • Societal values;
  • work;
  • interacting with others;
  • studying abroad.

Grammar

The course will review and develop essential features such as:

  • case;
  • word order;
  • relative clauses
  • items allowing greater differentiation and sophistication of expression, such as: the passive; conditions.

Skills

  • listening, speaking, reading and writing.