German Year 3 (Upper Intermediate)  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Wednesday 4 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1834 Enrolment Closed
Wednesday 17 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1834 Course Cancelled
Wednesday 2 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1834 Course Cancelled
Wednesday 4 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00
(All 3 Terms)
CS1834 Course Cancelled

Course Content

This course (previously called Intermediate) is the follow-up to German Lower Intermediate (Year 2) and runs over three terms that progressively build on one another. Students improve 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 course develops students’ confidence and enables them to take part in discussions, give short presentations and read and write to a high standard. They also gain a deeper understanding of the culture in German speaking countries.

For an October/ Term 1 start the completion of German Lower Intermediate (Year 2) is required or the equivalent of around 120 hours of German. You can join the course in Term 2 or Term 3 if you already have some significant knowledge of the language. Please make sure you have the correct level by using our online guidelines as well as checking the "What will I learn" section for familiar topics.

This course is NOT aimed at native speakers of German.

Why choose the German Intermediate short course?

Our German Intermediate short course is taught by native German speakers ensuring academic excellence.

Thanks to our central London location it also provides fantastic flexibility, delivered in 10 weekly sessions for each term for a total of 30 weeks.

Tutor Info

Barbara Pöllet joined City in 2016. She holds a BSc in Anthropology (from the University of East London) and a Cambridge Certificate of Teaching German to Adults. Barbara also teaches all levels of German at international schools in London.


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What will I learn?

Please note that some topics of German 2 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.

Course content

Term 1

Topics covered

Revision of German Year 2, Work and leisure time; family, youth and social affairs; events, parties and traditional festivals

Grammatical structures

Revision of German Year 2: perfect tense and cases, Subjunctive II (e.g. wenn-sentences), modal verbs, reflexive verbs, various connectors

Learning objectives

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

Term 2

Topics covered

Education in German-speaking countries and elsewhere, cuisine and products in German-speaking countries; film

Grammatical structures

Tense system, passive voice, relative clauses, indirect questions, more connectors

Learning objectives

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

Term 3

Topics covered

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

Grammatical structures

Local prepositions, imperative, negation, verbs plus preposition, infinitive plus "zu", comparative and superlative

Learning objectives

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

Teaching and 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: class room discussion, pair and group work, project work, as well as grammar in context; role-play; individual presentations; assignments/homework with individual feedback. 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

The tutor will discuss course materials during the first class.

Career Outcome

At the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Students are able to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. They can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Students can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

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