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German 3 (Upper-)intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed German 1 Beginners and German 2 Pre-Intermediate.


In this course you learn how to handle successfully a variety of more complex social situations you may encounter in daily life in Germany.
The course is designed to bring students with a good grounding in German to an (upper)intermediate level.
You learn to cope with daily informal but as well formal situations of communication in speaking and writing, and to perform such tasks as talking about daily affairs, giving comments on information, giving your opinion, make your point, agreeing and disagreeing in a discussion, reading complex texts about social, cultural and political issues, giving a short presentation and writing an essay.
These learning targets 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.

Course objectives

This course enables the student to achieve a level B1/B2 of the Common European Framework (CEF).
This course is the first course in a series of three language acquisition courses with in the International Studies program. 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:

Mode of instruction

Two 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 tutorof the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Course Load

Total course load: 140 hours (5 EC)

Attending classes: 48 hrs (4 hours per week x 12 weeks)
Preparing classes, exams and extra activities: 92 hrs

Assessment method

Learning aim
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 on current affairs
& essay and weekly tests 20%


Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrollment in uSis
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list


Enrollement through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.

h.3 Contact

E.L. Groot MA, email “”;


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