German course descriptions

Beginners

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Students are advised NOT to buy the course book before the start of the course.

This course which focuses on both the spoken and written language aims to equip students with the skills needed for everyday situations in a German-speaking environment. Students will, for example, learn how to introduce themselves and others, shop for and order food and drink, make travel arrangements, discuss the daily routine, ask questions and express opinions, and will acquire a good basic vocabulary.

A course book, Willkommen! German Beginner’s Course (Hodder & Stoughton; 2nd edition, April 2012, ISBN: 9781444165159), and accompanying audio material is used. The course aims to include the basic structures of German, for example the present and past tenses of the verb and the declension of nouns and pronouns.

Throughout the course the approach is a communicative one, using role play, interviews etc., so that students can practise and consolidate what they have learned. The language laboratory is also available for further individual study. Students will also find the following online resources useful:

www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/
www.hueber.de/schritte-international

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the German Coordinator, Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger, f.starr-egger@imperial.ac.uk.

Enrolment infos

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

Lower Intermediate

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Students are advised NOT to buy the course book before the start of the course.

This course aims to extend and consolidate the language skills of students who have followed a Beginners’ course here or elsewhere, enabling them to use a wider range of vocabulary and more complex grammatical structures and to learn more of the culture and customs of the German-speaking countries. The focus will continue to be on both the spoken and the written language.

By the end of the course, students should have reached the A1+ standard of the Common European Framework (CEFR), allowing them to join the German credit programme at Level 2.

A course book, Studio21 A2-1 (Grundstufe A2: Teilband 1, Deutschbuch mit DVD-ROM, Paperback, Hermann Funk, Christina Kuhn, Cornelsen Verlag Gmbh, July 2014, ISBN-10: 3065205874, ISBN-13: 978-3065205870), will be supplemented with a variety of other relevant materials. A language laboratory with a wide range of material (audio and video), is also available for additional self-access purposes. Students will also find the following online resources useful:

www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/
www.hueber.de/schritte-international

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the German Coordinator, Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger, f.starr-egger@imperial.ac.uk.

Enrolment infos

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

Higher Intermediate

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This course introduces a wide variety of topics showing German society in a modern light.

Topics covered include family, food and drink, work, sport, education, culture and customs.

The course aims to help students acquire a wider range of vocabulary and more complex grammatical structures, including subordinate clauses, prepositions, indefinite and reflexive pronouns, passive voice, subjunctive and relative pronouns.

The course will be based on Studio21 A2-2 (Grundstufe A2: Teilband 2 - Das Deutschbuch, Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit DVD-ROM, Hermann Funk (Editor), Cornelsen Verlag Gmbh, Januar 2015, ISBN-10: 3065205904, ISBN-13: 978-3065205900. This will be supported by additional audio materials.

The language lab in our Centre offers facilities for extended self-access with a variety of suitable materials. Students will also find the following online resources useful:

www.hueber.de/shared/uebungen/schritte-international/
www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/
www.meindeutschbuch.de

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the German Coordinator, Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger, f.starr-egger@imperial.ac.uk.

Enrolment infos

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

Advanced

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This course aims to develop still further all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), with particular emphasis on the development of oral proficiency. Students should have reached A/S or A-Level German or equivalent, e.g. A2/B1 (CEFR) before starting this course. By the end of the course, students should have reached approximately the standard B1+ (CEFR).

The course will be based on Aspekte B1+ (Mittelstufe Deutsch, Klett, ISBN-10: 3126050166, ISBN-13: 978-3126050166), covering a wide variety of topics, for example leisure activities, education and the world of work.

The course aims to provide a background to German studies through discussion in class of current issues in the German-speaking countries.

Supplementary materials in the form of work sheets will be provided for practice; additional videos will cover topical issues. Students will also find the following online resource useful: www.hueber.de/em-neu.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the German Coordinator, Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger, f.starr-egger@imperial.ac.uk.

Enrolment infos

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.