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German Upper Intermediate (Year 3) Short Courses

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This intermediate level course will help you to develop fluency in the German language, understand grammatical structures and gain knowledge of German culture.

Why choose this course?

Our German Upper Intermediate short course is ideal for anyone looking for a flexible class that'll take their German to the next level.

The course consists of one evening class a week for a total of 30 weeks; spread across three modules, the short course is ideal for those with various commitments or working full time.

All of our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers and delivered at City, University of London’s main campus, in the heart of the capital.

Course overview

Improve your oral and written fluency in German by reading and discussing newspaper articles, watching videos and listening to audio materials. Grammar is revised to improve spoken and written accuracy.

This short course will develop your confidence and will enable you to take part in discussions, give short presentations and read and write to a high standard. You will also gain a deeper understanding of the culture in German speaking countries.

Is it the right level for me?

The German Upper Intermediate (Year 3) course is ideal if you have completed the Lower Intermediate (Year 2) course or you have A-level experience of German.

This course consists of three modules taught at progressive levels, starting with Module One in October. We only advise joining Module Two or Module Three if you are already familiar with the content from earlier modules (see the What will I learn? section below for module content). You can check your level using our online guidelines.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Please note that some topics of the German Lower Intermediate course will be revised at the beginning of the academic year. The course outline below is only a guide and topics will be studied according to students' needs and progress.

Module 1

Topics covered

Revision of German Lower Intermediate:

  • Work and leisure time;
  • Family, youth and social affairs;
  • Events, parties and traditional festivals.

Grammatical structures

Revision of some German Lower Intermediate:

  • Perfect tense and cases;
  • Subjunctive (II) (such as wenn-sentences);
  • Modal verbs;
  • Reflexive verbs;
  • Various connectors.

Learning objectives

  • Expressing wishes;
  • Expressing yourself more politely;
  • Talking about events that may/or not happen;
  • Giving and getting advice;
  • Discussing aspects of your work-life balance;
  • Talking about advantages and disadvantages of different jobs;
  • Discussing social affairs and reading adapted articles about the topic;
  • Inviting people to events;
  • Making and changing appointments.

Module 2

Topics covered

  • Education in German-speaking countries and elsewhere, cuisine and products in German-speaking countries;
  • German cinema.

Grammatical structures

  • Tense system;
  • Passive voice;
  • Relative clauses;
  • Indirect questions;
  • Extensive connectors.

Learning objectives

  • Narrating events using various the past tense;
  • Discussing future events;
  • Discussing aspects of the education system in German speaking countries;
  • Talking about food and exchanging recipes;
  • Describing processes;
  • Watching and discussing German language films;
  • Reading biographical information and reviews;
  • Describing people and items in detail.

Module 3

Topics covered

  • Travel and places of historical and architectural interest;
  • music, literature and art;
  • sport events.

Grammatical structures

  • Local prepositions;
  • imperative and negative;
  • verbs plus preposition;
  • infinitive plus "zu";
  • comparative and superlative.

Learning objectives

  • Talking about travelling;
  • Making travel arrangements;
  • Reading travel guides;
  • Discussing places of interests in German-speaking countries;
  • Discussing creative work;
  • Talking about and discussing advantages and disadvantages of certain sports and hobbies;
  • Comparing places with each other;
  • Expressing disagreement, intentions, disappointment;
  • Argumentation: developing a critical point of view.



Prerequisite knowledge

The German Upper Intermediate short course is ideal if you have one of the following:

Modules are taught at progressive levels, starting with Module One in the autumn (October).

If you wish to join Module Two of the Upper Intermediate short course (in January), you must have completed Module One or be familiar with the content taught in Module One, specified in the What will I learn? section.

If you wish to enrol on Module Three of the short course (in April/May), you must have completed both Module One and Module Two or be familiar with the content taught in these two modules, found in the What will I learn? section.

Please check your level by using our online guidelines before enrolling.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

The emphasis in this course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.

Classroom activities will include:

  • role-playing
  • classroom discussion
  • pair and group work
  • work on pronunciation and intonation
  • grammar in context.

Listening to audio clips and watching videos are an important element in our lessons.

More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are generally set as homework.

Your progress will be assessed on an ongoing basis through homework and performance in class. You will receive verbal feedback from your lecturer when appropriate and written feedback with your homework.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

The tutor will discuss course materials during the first class.