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 an overall level B2/B1 of the Common European Frame (CEF).
This course is the last course in a series of three language acquisition courses within the International Studies program. The final objective of this course series is to obtain an intermediate level of proficiency in [language], 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.
(Audio)visual reception (reading): B2
Written production (writing):B1
Oral productions (speaking): B1
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.
Mode of instruction
Two two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent will result in a lower of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first two (2) times.
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 over 12 weeks) 48 hours
Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 86 hours
Assessment hours (exams and other assessment): 6 hours
Written exam and quiz
In-class oral/listening performance
To successfully complete the course, please take note that the end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance and exams.
If the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (reading, writing, speaking and listening). No resit for the tutorial (participation) is possible.
Retaking a passing grade
Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2017 – 2018.
How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.
- Begegnungen Deutsch als Fremdsprache B1, Integriertes Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch (+CD), by Anne Buscha und Szilvia Szita, Schubert Verlag ISBN: 978-3-941323-20-9
To support student’s selfstudy the following book can be recommended:
- B-Grammatik, Übungsgrammatik Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Sprachniveau B1/B2 (+CD), by Anne Buscha und Szilvia Szita, Schubert Verlag, Leipzig, 2010. ISBN 978-3-941323-10-0
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis can be found here.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number and tutorial group number.
This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.