This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed German 1 Beginners.
In this course you learn how to handle successfully a variety of basic and more complex social situations you may encounter in daily life in Germany.
The content of this course is analyzing more complex grammatical structures and extending students’ vocabulary. Students acquire the ability to discuss current topics and learn to comprehend more difficult texts (reading and listening comprehension).
You learn to maintain non-complicated face-to-face conversations, and to perform such tasks as giving information about yourself and your studies, small talk in German about hobbies, leisure time, holidays etc., making telephone calls, giving your opinion about current affairs, reading simple newspaper articles, or writing an e-mail.
These basics are acquired by using the textbook and through a wide range of real-life situations, performed either individually or in groups. Grammar, cultural topics, current issues and pronunciation are main concerns, too.
You will also prepare a short power point presentation about a topic of German studies and write an essay containing your research results.
This course enables the student to achieve a level A2/B1 of the Common European Framework (CEF).
This course is the second one in a series of three language acquisition courses within the International Studies programme. The final objective of this course series is to obtain an intermediate level of proficiency in German, aimed at communication with people in the region in everyday social situations and enabling students to follow current affairs in the region via various media.
The timetable is available on the “BA International Studies website:http://www.hum.leiden.edu/international-studies/.
Mode of instruction
Three two hour tutorials every week
Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or a tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.
Total course load: 280 hours
Attending classes: 72 hours (6 hrs per week over 12 weeks)
Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 208 hours
Listening-understanding: Listening comprehension exam 20%
Speaking – production and interaction: Oral presentation + discussion 20%
Reading –understanding: Reading comprehension 20%
Writing –understanding and production: Processing of information
and compositions 20%
In class participation, homework assignments, presentation & essay about a topic of German studies and weekly tests 20%
The resit will be a written exam of two hours, and will test if the students have reached the end level of this semester. This exam consists of the following components:
Reading and writing;
Vocabulary and grammar.
Begegnungen Deutsch als Fremdsprache A2, Integriertes Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch (+CD), by Anne Buscha und Szilvia Szita, Schubert Verlag, ISBN 13: 978-3-929526-89-9
Begegnungen Deutsch als Fremdsprache B1, Integriertes Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch (+CD), by Anne Buscha und Szilvia Szita, Schubert Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-941323-20-9
Reader on Cultural Studies « Deutschland 1 » which will be distributed in the first week of the course.
To support student’s selfstudy two more books can be recommended:
1. A grammar book with explanations and excercises:
A-Grammatik, Übungsgrammatik Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Sprachniveau A1/A2 (+CD), by Anne Buscha und Szilvia Szita, Schubert Verlag, Leipzig, 2010.
2. B-Grammatik, Übungsgrammatik Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Sprachniveau B1/B2 (+CD), by Anne Buscha und Szilvia Szita, Schubert Verlag, Leipzig, 2010.
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