UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


German Level 3

Prerequisite for entry

Successful completion of German Level 2+ at UCL Centre for Languages & International Education or for learners who have a good basic knowledge of the language or those who have studied the language at A-Level some years ago. Participants should be able to give instructions, describe events, and talk and write about the past, using the past perfect and the imperfect tenses.

Students will be familiar with these grammar and linguistic structures.

Term duration

10 x 2-hour classes.


After 20 hours students may progress to level 3+.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students with a good basic knowledge of German to develop the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) to an intermediate level. Students should be able to communicate in German in most common situations. Cultural awareness will be developed. Language learning skills, including autonomous learning and how to approach authentic material will be enhanced.


  • Talking about time and German history; commenting information
  • Talking about problems in daily life; giving advices; justifying something
  • Talking about relations between men and women, and clichés; agreeing or disagreeing with someone
  • Discovering the history of a region; describing regions and places; understanding words in dialect
  • Talking about schools; about wishes or something unreal

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered:

  • Time and German history: Brandenburger Tor
  • Daily life
  • Men and women
  • Region in Germany: Ruhrgebiet
  • School system in Germany

Linguistic structures/ Phonetics

Pronunciation exercises


  • während clauses; irregular verbs in the imperfect; nominalisation with zum
  • Forms of the ‘unreal’ subjunctive (present tense): modal verbs; conjunctions: darum, deshalb, deswegen; adverbs: ein bisschen, sehr, ziemlich, besonders
  • Infinitive with zu; adjectives with un- and -los
  • Adjectives before the noun; diminutive forms: Haus – Häuschen
  • Forms of the ‘unreal’ subjunctive (present tense): wäre, würde, hätte, könnte
  • Revision: Imperfect tense; sentences with wenn…., (dann); weil and dass clauses; imperative; declension of adjectives without article (nominative and accusative); relative clauses

Learning resources

  • Course book: Willkommen 2, John Murray Learning, PAPERBACK / ISBN-13: 9781471805158  Chapter 7-10

  • Authentic material (such as German television programs, film extracts, German newspapers or magazines)

  • In addition there is a wide range of language learning materials for self-study in the Self-Access Centre and Moodle.