German 4/5: Literatur und Konversation
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
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: LG436
Duration: 6 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
To enable students to talk about literature, enlarge their vocabulary and enable them to understand and discuss complex topics. Please note that this class meets fortnightly.
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?
Literary excerpts and/or short stories and discussion of these.
Annette von Droste-Hülshoff - Die Judenbuche – 1842
Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz - Der Reisende – 1939
Heinrich Boell - Die blasse Anna--1953
Ingo Schulze -Simple Storys – 1999 (über die DDR der Nachwendezeit)
Jenny Erpenbeck -Heimsuchung:– 2013
Saša Stanišic -Vor dem Fest – 2014
You will be required to do some reading between classes.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Based on B2/C1 criteria, individual learning outcomes will be discussed at the beginning of the course.
You will be able
• to develop an understanding of extended speech even when it is not clearly structured
• to understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style
•to express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions; use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes; formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate your contribution to those of other speakers.
• to present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.
• to express yourself in clear, well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For students with a very good knowledge of German in all areas and a fairly wide range of vocabulary. Students' own contributions and suggestions are welcome. European framework B2/C1
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 knowledge of more complex grammar terminology such as: the subjunctive, the conditional, the dative, the accusative, subordinate clauses and conjunctions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Our courses are characterised by spoken interaction and communication. Typical activities include pair work, group work, role plays and games. A range of resources will be used to support your learning including presentations, hand-outs, and audio-visual material.
Homework is highly recommended to consolidate learning.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Audio-visual material and newspaper articles are provided by the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other German level 4/5 courses. Please enrol early to avoid disappointment.
Friederike, a native speaker of German, became interested in teaching when she moved to the UK. After a career change, Friederike undertook an MA in Education, and became a qualified teacher in post-compulsory education. As well as having managed language departments, Friederike is experienced in teaching adults from varying backgrounds and levels. Friederike says: “I have gained a greater understanding of my own language through the teaching of German to adults – finding new approaches to best share this knowledge is a continuing journey for me. It is so satisfying to see learners progressing and gaining more confidence, particularly in their speaking skills. Many students have turned their learning into a life passion!’’
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.