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German Level 4 plus

Prerequisite for entry

Successful completion of German level 4 at UCL Centre for Languages & International Education or for learners who have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures or have recently achieved a good grade at A-Level.

Students will be familiar with these grammar and linguistic structures.

Term duration

10 x 2-hour classes.

Progression

After 20 hours students may progress to level 5.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students who have an advanced knowledge of German to acquire a better fluency in the language. Students will be able to follow discussions and debates on current issues as well as communicate in all situations using complex and linguistically more accurate structures. Cultural awareness will be further developed.

Functions

  • Ability to interact in any kind of debate, (e.g. making suggestions)
  • Presenting one’s ideas clearly and efficiently, (e.g. presenting a job profile, making enquiries about a job offer, telling a story)
  • Recognising and using various registers, (e.g. giving an advisory talk)
  • Improving reading skills using authentic material, (e.g. understanding a specialist report, popular scientific text)
  • Improving listening skills using authentic material, (e.g, Understanding a talk show, a literature scenario)

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered:

The course content of this syllabus will be based on the contemporary society and current affairs in German speaking countries (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland).

  • Beruf
  • Liebe
  • Medien
  • Gesundes Leben
  • Mobilität

The course content of this syllabus will be based on the contemporary society and current affairs in German speaking countries (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland).

Linguistic structures/ Phonetics

Drills on specific structures, Intonation and Pronunciation

Individual corrections during a session

Grammar

  • Connectors and Prepositions
  • Nouns
  • Indirect speech, Subjunctive 1 and 2
  • Passive

Learning resources

Reference sections of the following books might be used:

  • Details of the coursebook will be provided by the tutor in the first class.

Other resources

  • Authentic material from various sources (such as German newspapers or magazines, books, German television programs, film extracts, music)
  • Google Classroom