This language module is designed for students who have completed Level 4 Elementary German, or have a high A2 standard of the language in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), for example a very good GCSE or a rusty AS level. Through a variety of methods students will develop an intermediate competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking and an understanding of intermediate grammar. At the end of this 12-week module students will have reached a B1 proficiency level in the CEFR and will be able to connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences, events, dreams, and expectations and give their own opinion. They will be able to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. They will have a good understanding of life and culture in countries where the language is spoken and intercultural skills necessary for their language proficiency level. 

Take the placement test (Einstufungstest Stufe 4/5, A 2.2./B1.1) to check whether this class is the right level for you.:  https://www.hueber.de/menschen/einstufungstest


Functional Content:    

  • Describing people
  • Speaking about the past
  • Speaking about a statistic
  • To make a claim
  • To make assumptions about the future
  • Invitations
  • Customer advisory talks
  • to give one’s view
  • to give a presentation
  • expressing disappointments and emotions
  • letters and emails

Grammatical content:  

  • Adjectives as nouns
  • Past tense
  • Relative clauses in the dative and with preposition
  • Conjunctions obwohl and trotzdem
  • Future I
  • Conjunction falls
  • Infinitive with zu
  • Conjunctions da, während, bevor
  • Adjective declination with comparative and superlative
  • Subjunctive II past tense
  • Pluperfect with haben and sein
  • Genitive

Lexical content:  

  • Characteristics
  • Work
  • Living
  • Customer service
  • Media and technology
  • Dinner invitation
  • Animals and advice
  • Strength and weaknesses
  • Health, sport and diet
  • Mishaps in everyday life
  • Moments of happiness in everyday life
  • Events in workplaces

Week 12 (Final week): 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:

Podeschwa, J. et al. (2014) Menschen B1/1: Deutsch als Fremdsprache / Kursbuch mit DVD. München: Hueber. ISBN 978-3-19-361903-7 

Breitsameter, A. et al. (2014) Menschen B1/1: Deutsch als Fremdsprache / Arbeitsbuch mit Audio-CD. München. Hueber. ISBN 978-3-19-311903-2 

Enrolled students can download the pdf versions of the Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch from Canvas. Besides, we will use current authentic material from newspapers and web pages as possible.

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: Imke Wulff

Multilingual native speaker from Northern Germany. Master of Arts in Languages. Certificate from the Goethe Institute and Ludwig Maximilian University Munich. 20 years’ experience of teaching German as a Foreign Language in schools and at university. From beginner’s level to advanced.

Fees for language courses are £180/£90.

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

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