This course is only available for students in the BA International Studieswith a A2 level (CEFR) in German.
You will need to contact your coordinator of studies in order to check your level and do a Dialang exam.
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 or other German speaking countries.
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 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 B1 of the Common European Framework (CEF).
This course is the first 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
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 for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 280 hours, broken down by:
Attending classes (6 hrs per week over 12 weeks): 72 hours
Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 208 hours
There is no re-sit test during the course.
Use of the target language to communicate with correct pronunciation, vocabulary items and grammar, In-class oral performance (Listening/ speaking)
Use of course contents, including vocabulary items, grammar. Written exam
Use of the target language to write with suitable vocabulary items and grammar. Writing assignments
Weekly tests (grammar and vocabulary): 15 %
Culture project (presentation and writing assignment): 15%
Writing assignments (6 essays): 10%
a. listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing: 40 %
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;
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
Reader on Cultural Studies « Deutschland 1 » which will be distributed in the first week of the course.
Tatsachen über Deutschland. PDF-Download (Deutsch).
To support student’s selfstudy two more books can be recommended:
1. B-Grammatik, Übungsgrammatik Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Sprachniveau B1/B2 (+CD), by Anne Buscha und Szilvia Szita, Schubert Verlag, Leipzig, 2010.
2. Großer Lernwortschatz Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Deutsch-Englisch, Ismaning: Hueber-Verlag. 2003 (pdf-download)
Monika Reimann und Sabine Dinsel
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.
Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.
This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.