German Year 2 (Lower Intermediate)  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Thursday 5 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1831 Enrolment Closed
Thursday 25 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1831 Apply Now
Thursday 3 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1831 Apply Now
Thursday 5 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00 (All Terms) CS1831 Apply Now

Course Content

This Lower Intermediate German evening course is the follow-up to German Year 1 (Beginners) . It runs over three terms that progressively build on one another and is aimed at people who have done around 60 hours of formal learning. Students learn new structures and vocabulary around different topics to extend the range of expression in this highly communicative course. Students build on and advance listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and cover the main points in German grammar. This part-time German language course enables communication with more variation and fluency, so students feel confident in most everyday situations with German native speakers. It also broadens their understanding of the German culture and way of life.

If you missed the October enrolment and you already have some knowledge of German, you can join the German Lower Intermediate class in Term 2 or 3 but you will need to have your level assessed. You can do this by checking your level using our online guidelines.

Why choose the German Lower Intermediate short course?

Our German Lower Intermediate short course is ideal for anyone looking for a flexible class that'll take their German to the next level. The German Lower Intermediate course is the perfect follow-on programme for anyone who has completed the German Beginnners language evening course.

The programme is taught by native speakers over 10 weekly evening classes, offering maximum flexibility and expert tuition.

Tutor Info

Boris Born has an MA in German and Philosophical Studies (Berlin, 1988). He has been teaching German in various institutions in London such as London Metropolitan University (formerly the University of North London), in language schools, and at City, University of London since 1998.


  • approx. 60 hours prior formal study or a (good) German GCSE that can be rusty
  • successfully completed German Beginners - Year 1
  • to be able to carry out an elementary conversation; talk about yourself; your daily activities and your hobbies; say what you like or dislike; knowledge of the present tense and common adverbs of frequency, have a notion of the perfect tense

English Requirements

You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.

What will I learn?

Please note that some topics of German Year 1 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.

Term 1

Topics covered

Recent and past events, places of interest, looks and character of people, CV and professional world

Grammatical structures

Revision of perfect tense (regular and irregular), revision of Dative case in a sentence, revision of local preposition & case, adjective endings with definite and indefinite article, modal verbs in the past tense, the verb "werden", subordinate clauses, ordinal numbers

Learning objectives

o    Talking about recent events and holidays
o    Describing places you have visited
o    Describing people and their character
o    Expressing opinions and discussing pros and cons
o    Discussing the German education system
o    Writing a CV
o    Talking about your career choices and work

Term 2

Topics covered
Entertainment, culture, music, TV; past events, family relations and upbringing
Grammatical structures
reflexive verbs plus preposition, subjunctive II (conditional), past tense, more subordinate clauses, infinitive plus "zu"

Learning objectives
o    Talking about cultural events you have attended
o    Finding out more about German music and subculture
o    Expressing wishes, dreams, possibilities, eventualities
o    Giving advice
o    Narrating sequences in the past tense
o    Reading short literary text
o    Having an argument

Term 3

Topics covered

Nature and environment; life in Germany and abroad; press, current affairs and history

Grammatical structures

Relative clauses, passive voice in the present and past, indirect questions sentences, more subordinate clauses, overall revision

Learning objectives

o    Describing landscapes and the weather
o    Discussing environmental issues
o    Describing processes
o    Talking about travel
o    Discussing stereotypes
o    Reading adapted press articles
o    Discussing current affairs

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: role-playing, class room discussion, pair and group work, work on pronunciation and intonation as well as 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. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended Reading

Willkommen 2 Coursebook by Heiner Schenke
Publisher: John Murray Learning (9 Mar. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1471805158
ISBN-13: 978-1471805158

Leads To...

Having successfully completed the German Lower Intermediate course (Year 2), students can progress to the German Year 3 (Intermediate) short course.

Career Outcome

At the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. Very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). They are able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Students can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

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