German 3 lower: intensive (B 1.2)
Time: 11:00 - 14:45
As this is an intensive course, it is essential to do a minimum of 2 hours /week of homework. 3.15 hours per week over 12 weeks.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: LG017
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course aims to show students how to cope with everyday situations with increased confidence; to increase knowledge of grammar and word order and to discuss topical issues at an intermediate level.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Using Berlin as an example of a town, we will look at its attractions and history and plan a weekend break. Other topics include regions and landscapes in Germany, national stereotypes, trends in food and eating; political systems and parties, differences between generations, migration issues, health and fitness trends, stress, holidays.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- talk about Berlin and its attractions and history (genitive)
- plan a weekend break and talk about tourism (prepositions with accusative and/ or dative)
- write a portrait of your town
- describe regions and landscapes (question words wer, welcher; adjective endings after the definite article)
- discuss national stereotypes (adjective endings after the indefinite article; adjectival nouns)
- discuss trends in food and eating
- talk about political systems and parties (passive)
- discuss how life has changed between different generations (conjunctions als, wenn)
- understand and discuss interviews about migration issues (ordinal numbers)
- discuss health and fitness trends and stress (subjunctive II: koennte, waere…)
- give advice, express and justify your opinion
- describe different types of holidays (subjunctive II in conditional sentences).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have studied German for about three years recently, have completed German 2 upper ( B1.1) of this course or have studied GCSE or A level a few years ago.This course is B1.2 in the European framework.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide or on our website.
It is also essential that you have some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation. It would be helpful if you had knowledge of more intermediate grammar terminology such as: dative, accusative, subordinate and main clause.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required. As this is an intensive course, it is essential to do a minimum of 2 hours /week of homework.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Based on the coursebook Willkommen 2, German intermediate course and the accompanying Activity Book. Discount available at The European Bookshop - http://www.europeanbookshop.com (020 7734 5259).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any further B1+ courses ( German 3 lower: module 3 / 3 upper). If there is enough demand, we might be able to open a direct progression to this course. Your teacher will discuss this with you.
Tim is a bi-lingual native of Nuremberg - or Nürnberg - Germany. After a varied career in higher education he left management to pursue his interest in languages and become a teacher of German and English. He also has an academic background in botany, biology and science communication. Outside work he speaks Spanish, goes to tap dancing classes, loves crosswords, debates, art, cooking, learning, reading novels in English, German and Spanish, and people! You might find him dancing at an open air concert, hiking in the mountains, jogging in the rain, teaching German to a lawyer or a group of 15. In his teaching his focus is always on the people in front of him and making their learning as enjoyable and productive as possible. He loves languages because they help people live life to the fullest.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.