This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
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.
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 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 for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 140 hours, broken down by:
• Attending classes (4 hours per week x 12 weeks): 48 hours
• Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 92 hours
- Weekly tests (grammar and vocabulary): 10 %
• Culture project (presentation and writing assignment): 15%
• Writing assignments (6 essays): 10%
• final exam:
a. listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing: 45 %
b. speaking/listening performance: 20%
To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following: the final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
To pass the course, the average has to be 5.5 at least.
If the final grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is the possibility of a resit.
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;
• Written dialogue;
• Vocabulary and grammar.
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.
- Begegnungen Deutsch als Fremdsprache B1, Integriertes Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch (+CD), by Anne Buscha und Szilvia Szita, Schubert Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-941323-20-9
• Erkundungen Deutsch als Fremdsprache B2, Integriertes Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch (+CD), by Anne Buscha, Susanne Raven und Gisela Linthout, Schubert Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-929526-96-7
• Reader on Cultural Studies « Interkulturelle Kommunikation » which will be distributed in the first week of the course.
To support student’s selfstudy the following book can be recommended:
1. B-Grammatik, Übungsgrammatik Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Sprachniveau B1/B2 (+CD), by Anne Buscha und Szilvia Szita, Schubert Verlag, Leipzig, 2010.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
For this course attendance and participation is essential. Classes missed for a good reason have to be discussed with the language instructor BEFORE the class takes place. Frequent absence will inevitably lead to lower participation grades, or denied access to the final exam.
This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.