Experience the German language through the use of text and media that explore the cultural, social and geographical aspects of German-speaking countries.

Wed 25 Jul 2018 - Wed 26 Sep 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
13 spots remaining.

Beginning German 2 is for students who have completed Beginning German 1 or similar (approximately 20 hours of study) and wish to further develop their conversation, reading and writing skills. The course will explore the use of German in a diverse range of situations using text and media with the cultural, social and geographical aspects of German-speaking countries being a focal point throughout.

Each session will be devoted to certain topics such as everyday life and travel to develop essential vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, conversation skills.

Course outline

Based on the chapters 3-4 of the textbook, Optimal A1, and supplemented with the German language video series, Deutsch Aktuell the following will be covered during your course.

  • Week 1-4: After initial introductions and assessing both the collective knowledge and interests of students, a revisions of conversations skills will begin followed by a look at grammar including gender and cases, verbs and past tense, forming the past participle of (in)separable verbs and perfect tense. Focussing on the topic of a holiday or trip, you will learn and practise using the past tense and preterite past tense. You will then learn how to express your plans and intentions using the days of the week and months of the year.
  • Week 5-9: Grocery shopping and restaurants will be the main focus as you learn to use numbers, money and measurements to order and buy food. You will be introduced to modal verbs, prepositions in the dative/accusative cases, comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and the three different ways to express, "like".

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should have:

  • developed their German conversation, reading and writing skills further
  • have knowledge of the German language and culture

Who should enrol

For those who have completed Beginning German 1 or similar (approximately 20 hours of study). This course is suited to those interested in learning a new language for professional, cultural or personal reasons or for maintaining already acquired/existing language skills in the relevant language. The course is open to any age group.

Thu 26 Jul 2018 - Thu 20 Sep 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
12 spots remaining.

Thu 18 Oct 2018 - Thu 13 Dec 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of German and wish to achieve basic language skills for the purposes of further study, communication, travel or enjoyment. A major objective will be to develop conversation skills; however, reading and writing skills will be developed concurrently. Knowledge of the language and culture will be taught using text and media. The course will focus on the use of German in a diverse range of situations and the cultural, social and geographical aspects of German-speaking countries that interest the students most. Each session will be devoted to certain topics such as everyday life and travel. These topics will be used in teaching language skills.

Course outline

Based on the first 2 chapters of the textbook, Optimal A1, which is in accordance with the European Framework of Language Study, and supplemented with the German language video series, Deutsch Aktuell the following will be covered during your course.

  • Week 1-3: You will be introduced 'Germanisms' used in daily English, rules for noun gender and vowel pronunciation. You will then learn basic greetings, including how to introduce and talk about yourself before moving from the first person to asking and talking about others using the second and third person. There will be discussion around the similarities and differences between German and English with regard to basic sentence structure and asking questions and you will be introduced to verb conjugation and verb tables.
  • Week 4-6: The focus will be on travel, including asking for and providing information and directions and asking questions. You will learn the most complex aspect of German grammar - case (nominative, genitive, dative and accusative).
  • Week 7-9: The focus will be on everyday life in Germany including family, hobbies, and work. You will learn how to define your interests, job and hobbies, as well as how to express an opinion using "I like/dislike" statements. You will be introduced to the two different ways to express, “Yes!”, and will extend your number skills to include dates and times and posing questions about the time/date. By the end of the course, you will be able to select a city of your choice and discuss its features following a given template to your class.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • developed basic conversation, reading and writing skills
  • developed a basic knowledge of the German language and culture

Who should enrol

This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of German and wish to achieve basic language skills for the purposes of further study, communication, travel or enjoyment. The course is open to any age group.

Wed 17 Oct 2018 - Wed 12 Dec 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

This course is for those who have completed Beginning German 2 or similar study, this course will allow students to broaden their grammar, reading, writing and especially conversational skills. Using text and media, Intermediate German 1 will explore social and cultural aspects of German-speaking countries as well as current affairs. Each session will be devoted to certain topics such as everyday life and travel that will introduce new vocabulary, how to structure sentences and improve conversation skills.

Course outline 

  • Topics 1-2: Following an introduction and assessing students' collective knowledge and interests, revision of basic sentence structure, verbs in the present tense and general conversation skills will occur.
  • Topics 3-4: The focus will be on grocery shopping and restaurants including using numbers, money and measurements while looking at how to make plans. Modal verbs, separable verbs and revisions of dative case after verbs and propositions will be included also.
  • Topics 5-7: Travel will be the main topic including how to ask about transportation, distances and for tourist information while also providing and giving advice or recommendations. There will be a focus on talking about the past using the prefect tense 'haben oder sein' as well as working on personal pronouns.
  • Topics 8-9: Housing and living will be explored with a special focus on listening to and reading about where and how different people live. Through describing where people live, their homes and cooking students will learn past participles of (in)seperable verbs, perfect tense with in haben, past tense of haben and personal pronouns as well as possessive pronouns, syntax, verbs with accusative and dative objects and the comparative of the adjectives.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should have:

  • broadened their grammar, reading, writing and especially conversational skills.
  • discuss topics of social and cultural interest and current affairs of German-speaking countries.

Who should enrol

Those who have completed Beginning German 2 or similar study. This course is suited to those interested in learning a new language for professional, cultural or personal reasons or for maintaining already acquired or existing language skills.