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German Upper Intermediate (Year 3) Short Course

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Move to a higher level of language proficiency with our German Upper Intermediate short course. The course comprises three modules (parts 1-3) set at progressive levels over one year.

Why choose this course?

This Upper Intermediate German course is the follow-up to German Year 2 (Lower Intermediate). The course will enable you to confidently take part in discussions, give short presentations, read and write to a high standard. You will also gain a deeper understanding of the culture in German speaking countries.

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

Is this the right level for me?

This course is aimed at students with Lower Intermediate level who have completed our German Year 2 course or have a good command of German. You can join the course in term 2 or 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.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Please note that some topics of German 3 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

  • Political landscape
  • Health and fitness
  • Travel & places of historical and architectural interest
  • Current issues in German society

Grammatical structures

  • Revision of perfect tense and cases
  • Modal and reflexive verbs
  • Connectives
  • Indirect questions
  • Relative clauses

Learning objectives

  • Talk about political systems and parties
  • Compare how life has changed between the generations
  • Discuss health and fitness trends
  • Talking about travelling
  • Making travel arrangements
  • Reading travel guides
  • Discussing places of interests in German-speaking countries
  • Discuss environmental issues
  • Describe your media habits
  • Discussing social affairs and reading adapted articles about the topic
  • Comparing places with each other

Part 2

Topics covered

  • Work and leisure time
  • Events
  • Parties and traditional festivals
  • Literature and art

Grammatical structures

  • Tense system
  • The passive voice
  • The subjunctive
  • Indirect speech
  • More connectives

Learning objectives

  • Expressing wishes
  • Expressing yourself more politely
  • Talking about events that may/or not happen
  • Talking about and discussing advantages and disadvantages of certain sports and hobbies
  • Giving and getting advice
  • Discussing aspects of your work-life balance
  • Talking about advantages and disadvantages of different jobs
  • Inviting people to events (e.g. parties
  • Making and changing appointments
  • Discussing creative work
  • Expressing disagreement, intentions, disappointment

Part 3

Topics covered

  • Education in German speaking countries and elsewhere
  • Cuisine and products in German speaking countries
  • Music & film

Grammatical structures

  • Prepositions
  • The imperative
  • Negation
  • Verbs plus preposition
  • The infinitive plus “zu”
  • Comparative and superlative
  • Pluperfect

Learning objectives

  • Narrating events using various past tenses
  • Discussing future events
  • Discussing aspects of the education system in German speaking countries
  • Talking about food and exchanging recipes
  • Describing processes
  • Watching and discussing films and artists
  • Argumentation: developing a critical point of view
  • Reading biographical information and reviews
  • Describing people and items in detail



Prerequisite knowledge

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

  • successfully completed the German Lower Intermediate short course
  • approximately 120 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 1in 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

There is no need to buy a textbook - the tutor will provide material in class.

Tutor information

  • Annika Meyer

    Annika Meyer worked in the music industry for many years before becoming a teacher of Modern Languages. She has a BA (Hons) in German from Birkbeck University and a PGCE from the Institute of Education in London. A native of Hamburg, she has had great success teaching German and French in London for the past 10 years in various institutions and as a private tutor of German. Annika also works as a state-approved translator (Staatlich geprüfter Übersetzer, Oberschulamt Karlsruhe).

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