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.

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.

A course book, Willkommen! German Beginner’s Course (Hodder & Stoughton; 2nd edition, April 2012, ISBN: 9781444165159), and accompanying audio material is used.

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.

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.

Near Beginners

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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 at Imperial College or elsewhere but would like to revise the basics as well as boost their confidence. By the end of the course, students should have reached the A1.2 standard described in the Common European Framework.

The course book is Studio21 A1-2 (Hermann Funk, Christina Kuhn, Laura Nielsen, Kerstin Rische, ISBN-10: 3065205327, ISBN-13: 978-3065205320, Cornelsen Verlag, 2013).

Online exercises accompanying the book can be found here: https://www.cornelsen.de/studio_21/1.c.3237787.de.

Following a revision of the very basics, students will learn to talk about themselves and their homes in greater detail, to order food and drink in a café and/or restaurant, to describe their work environment, to ask for/give directions, to talk about sightseeing and holiday, to communicate in various shopping situations and talk about health.

The course will cover the following grammatical aspects: word order in moderately complex sentences, prepositions, perfect tense, simple past, cases, adjectives and the imperative.

The book 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The course will be based on Aspekte neu B1 plus Mittelstufe Deutsch, Lehrbuch (Langenscheidt / Klett ISBN 978-3-12-605016-6), covering a wide variety of topics, for example leisure activities, education and the world of work.

Supplementary materials in the form of work sheets will be provided for practice; additional videos will cover topical issues.

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.

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.