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German Lower Intermediate (Year 2) Short Course

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Move beyond conversational basics with our German Lower Intermediate short course. The course comprises three parts (parts 1-3) set at progressive levels over one year.

Why choose this course?

This Lower Intermediate 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.

The full course is made up of three 10-week modules – part 1, part 2 and part 3. Enrol on the full syllabus (parts 1-3) to gain a complete knowledge of lower intermediate German at the best price. Our teaching takes place one evening a week, ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.

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

You will learn new structures and vocabulary around different topics to extend the range of expression in this highly communicative course. You will build on and advance listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and cover the main points in German grammar.

Is this the right level for me?

The German Lower Intermediate is ideal if you have completed the German Beginners course or have a good beginners knowledge of German. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

The German Lower Intermediate course is taught at progressive levels, starting with part 1 in October. We only advise joining part 2 or part 3 if you are already familiar with the content from earlier modules (see the What will I learn? section below for module content).

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Please note that some topics of the German Beginners 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.

Part 1

Topics covered

  • Recent and past events;
  • Education;
  • CV and professional world;
  • Culture and lifestyle.

Grammatical structures

  • Revision of perfect tense (regular and irregular)
  • Revision of Dative case in a sentence; prepositions
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Infinive plus ‘zu’
  • Modal verbs in the past tense
  • The verb "werden"
  • Ordinal numbers
  • Conjunctions (I).

Learning objectives

  • Share personal details;
  • Describing your daily work and home life;
  • Discussing the German education system;
  • Discuss plans for the future;
  • Talking about your career choices and work;
  • Understand and discuss leisure trends.

Part 2

Topics covered

  • Jobs and occupations;
  • Berlin, Germany.

Grammatical structures

  • Conjunctions (II)
  • Prepositions and cases
  • Changing prepositions
  • Genitive
  • Adjective endings.

Learning objectives

  • Debate negative and positive aspects of work;
  • Understand and format a standard CV;
  • Talk about Berlin and its attractions;
  • Plan a weekend break;
  • Berlin’s past and present;
  • Discuss national stereotypes;
  • Discuss trends in food and eating in Germany.

Part 3

Topics covered

  • Politics and parties;
  • Health;
  • Travel;
  • Germany today and environmental issues.

Grammatical structures

  • Relative clauses;
  • Subjunctive;
  • Passive voice;
  • Indirect questions sentences.

Learning objectives

  • Talk about political systems and parties;
  • Compare how life has changed between generations;
  • Discuss health and fitness trends;
  • Discuss environmental issues;
  • Give pros and cons of an opinion piece;
  • Describe your media habits.



Prerequisite knowledge

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

  • successfully completed the German Beginners (Year 1) short course
  • approximately 60 hours of prior formal study
  • a rusty (but good) German GCSE
  • 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.

Modules are taught at progressive levels, starting with part 1 in the autumn (October).

If you wish to join part 2 of the Lower Intermediate short course (in January), you must have completed part 1 or be familiar with the content taught in part 1, specified in the What will I learn? section.

If you wish to enrol on part 3 of the short course (in April/May), you must have completed both part 1 and part 2 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.

English requirements

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

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;
  • class room 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.

All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Units 1-9 are covered in the textbook

Willkommen 2 Coursebook

by Heiner Schenke

Publisher: John Murray Learning (9 Mar. 2017)

ISBN-10: 1471805158

ISBN-13: 978-1471805158.

Students are advised to purchase their own copy of the book, from the internet or from most major bookshops.

Tutor information

  • Boris Born

    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.

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