German 2: Lower Intermediate

Overview

This interactive course further develops the participants' language skills and understanding of the culture, society and daily life in the German-speaking countries.

To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following:

* completed German 1 or equivalent;

* gained a GCSE (Grade B or below) in German;

* achieved level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages in German

The class activities will focus on listening, speaking and cultural awareness; and you will be encouraged to practise reading and writing skills in your own time. There will be plenty of opportunities to interact in the target language through class activities, discussions, and role-plays.

This elementary/lower intermediate level course is equivalent to level A2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It will further develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a range of predictable situations, and familiarize students with a range of simple grammar structures. Through the exploration of German culture, students will broaden their understanding of the society and daily life in the German-speaking countries.

Programme details

Course starts: 27 Sept 2021

Week 1: Welcome, introductions, expressing likes and dislikes, giving reasons

Week 2: Biographies, discussing experiences with culture clash and intercultural communication

Week 3: Talking about events and experiences in the past

Week 4: Describing and comparing cities, expressing opinions

Week 5: Talking about art, giving and following instructions

Week 6: Shopping: shops, items of clothing, expressing wishes and needs

Week 7: Discussing shopping habits, explaining decisions

Week 8: Discussing feelings and emotions in an intercultural context

Week 9: Asking for advice, describing a person (appearance, clothing)

Week 10: Expressing preferences, describing a person (character traits)


Course reconvenes: 24 Jan 2021

Week 11: Holidays, expressing wishes and intentions 

Week 12: Making holiday bookings, talking about the weather

Week 13: Discussing lifestyle choices, expressing agreement and disagreement

Week 14: Talking about movies, producing a film review

Week 15: Discussing the German concept of "Heimat", giving examples and definitions

Week 16: Discussing the concept of "Kitsch", making enquiries, requesting clarifications

Week 17: Intercultural communication: expressing (polite) requests

Week 18: Discussing the topic "Small Talk" in an intercultural context

Week 19: City planning: discussing co-living projects, making assumptions

Week 20: The future: making predictions, expressing probability


Useful websites:
www.hueber.de
www.cornelsen.de
www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german
www.leo.org

Certification

Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from the January 1st after the current full academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Fees

Description Costs
Course Fee £385.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00

Tutor

Dr Hannah Davidson

Hannah has been teaching languages (French, German and English as a Foreign Language) for many years. She completed her Master's at the University of Freiburg in Germany, and obtained an M.Phil. and a D.Phil. in Linguistics from the University of Oxford. Her research interest focuses on the development of Mauritian Creole, and she enjoys bringing her knowledge of linguistics into the classroom to facilitate language learning. She has extensive teaching experience in-person and online and makes her classes as interactive and communicative as possible.

Course aims

The course aims to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in routine tasks and areas of immediate relevance such as personal information, work, study and leisure activities.

Course Objectives

* To enable students to communicate in German in simple routine tasks and on familiar topics and activities

* To equip students with the vocabulary and grammar structures to write short simple personal letters and messages

* To develop the reading comprehension skills for finding simple information in everyday material such as advertisements and menus

* To help develop an insight into the culture and daily life of the German-speaking countries

Teaching methods

All the Departments language courses adopt the communicative teaching method with a focus on interactive tasks and activities in the target language, e.g. role-plays, discussions and pair/group work in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Students will be encouraged to participate and have fun.

The emphasis in class is on practising listening, speaking, and grammar structures as well as exploring the culture. Students are encouraged to develop their reading and writing skills in their own time.

Learning outcomes

The following are brief indicators of what students should be able to do in each of the skills

Speaking (S), Listening (L), Reading (R), and Writing (W) by the end of the individual stages:

STAGE 2

S - Participate in simple prepared discussions

L - Understand simple conversations or recorded material in familiar situations

R - Understand the gist of simple texts on familiar topics

W - Write informal letters and short descriptive paragraphs

Assessment methods

Most tutors will set weekly assignments to consolidate learning and allow students to study at their own pace. Some of these assignments, which may include testing listening and speaking skills, will count towards formally assessing the students'progress.

In general, students are required to submit for assessment a variety of exercises and/or shorter pieces of work. They will also have the opportunity to complete one or more optional tasks to benefit from tutor feedback.

Credits gained from the successful completion of this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher education in other subjects.

Due to the continuous assessment required for language classes, students must submit one completed Declaration of Authorship form per term. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form - Declaration of Authorship form

Application

To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

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