Whatever plans you may have in the future, knowledge of German will open up a treasure chest of opportunities to improve the quality of both your work and private life.
Learning German enables you to make the most of your travels in Europe. There are more than 100 million native speakers of German in Europe. Whether you visit the German-speaking countries or pockets of German-speaking communities in Northern Italy or Eastern Europe, your language skills will open doors to a rich cultural diversity as well as enhance your holiday experience. Ordering your mulled wine in German at the Christmas market is quite a revelation!
Speaking German provides you with a wealth of global career and job opportunities. In the light of Germany's current economic strength, learning German has never been more attractive as a means of entering the global playing field of business and industry. Speaking the language of your business partners is above all a great sign of respect and effective communication improves relations and guarantees success. Germany also enjoys a high reputation in Science and Engineering, attracting not only international students but also providing unique funding opportunities for collaborative research projects.
These descriptions are only a guide and some adjustments to the course might be needed, depending on the students' level of participation, ability and needs.
This module is for students at beginners' level who have little or no prior experience of German. The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The aim is to equip students with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where German is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar. The overall aim is to encourage a positive and confident attitude to language learning.
This module is designed to continue the Beginners 1 course. It is also suitable for students with a recent German GCSE grade C or below, or an international equivalent. Basic grammar will be consolidated to enable students to develop a communicative competence in German. Functional topics will include: describing people and places, requesting and giving help and advice, expressing opinions, reasons and wishes and plans, congratulating people. The module also promotes cultural awareness as it continues to introduce students to the richness and diversity of the German-speaking world through the study of selected authentic material. The overall aim is to encourage a positive and confident attitude to language learning.
This is an intermediate course in German for those students who have taken Beginners' German 1 and 2 or who have enough pre-A-Level experience of German and wish to develop their knowledge to a standard comparable to basic A-Level / A2 in the European Reference Framework. This module aims to enable students to further develop their language in all skill areas with the overall aim to enhance their communicative competence and enjoyment of language learning. Essential grammar notions will be revisited and explored at a higher level. Topical vocabulary will be studied meaningful contexts, whilst developing knowledge of contemporary life and society that focuses on culture and current affairs. Functional topics will include: expressing preferences and wishes, suggesting, declining and agreeing things, giving advice, showing compassion, hope and surprise.
This module is designed to continue the Intermediate 1 course and intended for students who wish to develop their knowledge to a standard comparable to A-Level / B1 in the European Reference Framework. Particular emphasis will be placed on speaking and presentation as well as writing skills, but students will also develop the ability to read and understand spoken German at an intermediate level. Functional topics will include: expressing a range of feelings; offering and asking for help; discussing and commenting on issues; using language of persuasion; showing compassion; narrating events. The module also promotes cultural awareness as it seeks to further develop students’ knowledge of contemporary life and society through the study of selected authentic material.
All modules will be taught weekly. In the two-hour seminar block students will focus on receptive skills as well as textual grammar. The one-hour oral class allows students to gain vital speaking practice and the confidence to communicate confidently.