This language module is designed for students who have completed Level 903/003 Elementary 3 or have a low A2 standard of the language in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), for example a good GCSE. Through a variety of methods – including both spontaneous and prepared class discussions on various topics - students will develop an upper elementary competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking and an understanding of upper elementary grammar. At the end of this 12-week module students will have reached an A2+ proficiency level in the CEFR and will be able to confidently carry out everyday tasks, including unfamiliar ones, express their opinions about familiar topics and function in basic professional contexts. They will have a good understanding of life and culture of countries where the language is spoken and the intercultural skills necessary for their language proficiency level.  


  • Week 1: Meine erste Deutschlehrerin – Sharing language learning strategies – Als + war
  • Week 2: Weihnachten im Schuhkarton – Discussing charities and donations – Expressing happiness/joy; present passive voice
  • Week 3: Eine Woche ohne Internet – Speaking about media/internet habits – Verbs that take both accusative and dative cases
  • Week 4: Darf ich fragen, ob… - Researching and booking accommodation – Asking indirect questions   
  • Week 5: Wir wollen nach Rumänien – Talking about travel habits – Prepositions of location and direction; giving opinions
  • Week 6:  Ich freue mich auf Sonne und Wärme – Talking about the weather and preferences – Wo- and da- compounds
  • Week 7: Wohin gehen wir heute? – Organising and discussing social events – Expressing hesitation; enthusing and convincing others; wo, wohin?, woher?
  • Week 8: Mein Lieblingsbuch aus der Kindheit – Speaking about reading habits/preferences – Expressing interest/disinterest; modal verbs in the imperfect past tense
  • Week 9: Ja genau, den meine ich– Describing people and events, and reporting crime – Questions using welch-; demonstrative pronouns dies-, der, die, das in all cases
  • Week 10: Der Beruf, der zu mir passt – Speaking about work and education – Relative pronouns and relative clauses; expressing (dis)satisfaction
  • Week 11: Ärzte ohne Grenzen – Evaluating pros and cons of working abroad –Expressing enthusiasm and disappointment; consolidation and expansion of imperfect past tense
  • Week 12: Written and speaking tests will take place this week. Completing the assessment is required for students taking the course as part of their degree.

For all other students, taking the tests is also strongly recommended, as a measure of your progress and learning. 

Textbook details:

Menschen: Deutsch als Fremdsprache Kursbuch. A2.2, Hueber Verlag, ISBN: 978-3195619028, £14 approx.

Menschen: Deutsch als Fremdsprache Arbeitsbuch. A2.2, Hueber Verlag, ISBN: 978-3195119023, £10 approx

We recommend buying your textbook(s) at Blackwell’s on campus. You can pre-order over the phone or online with them and pick up the book when you are on campus.

Study Hours

The total number of study hours for this module is 150 hours, in line with undergraduate university modules. This includes class meetings, assessment preparation and self-directed study in line with guidance from the course lecturer.

If you are studying on the extracurricular mode, we recognise that the total number of hours that you may be able to study every week may depend on your availability and previous experience studying languages, however, expected contribution to classes, homework completion, and learning outcomes will not vary.  

Please note that the ‘last date available to book’ date is only a guide. We reserve the right to close bookings earlier if courses are over- or under-subscribed. In order to avoid disappointment, please be sure enrol as soon as possible. Registrations will not be processed until the following day if received after 3pm. 

Course Lecturer: Sonja Gunning

Sonja is a German native speaker from Munich who studied German and English at the Ludwig- Maximilian University in Munich, following which she completed her teaching qualifications (PGCE) at the University of York. Since then she has been teaching German at Sixth Form Colleges and Universities and taught Business German to professionals within the workplace. Sonja loves to spend each summertime in Germany and Austria, which is where her family is from.

She is always up-to date with the latest trends in these countries, plus she enjoys bringing the cultural aspects of the German speaking world across in her lessons.

Fees for language courses are £180/£90.

Visit our fee bands page to see which fee applies to you.

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