German for reading and research - Intermediate (Level 2)

This course is aimed at people who want to learn German for Reading & research purposes. If your language level ranges from post-beginners to upper intermediate, you are welcome to join. If you already have a higher language level please see our Advanced or Proficiency courses.

Key Information

  • Session information: Starting January 2021
  • Timeline: Starting January 2021
  • Term 1: Starting January 2021
  • Fees: Term 1 - £120. Term 2 £120. Full Course £240.

This course will be taught in a group size of a minimum 7 and maximum 12 students. Course fee includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.

DUE TO COVID-19 this course will begin online.  If there is an opportunity for us to resume face to face classroom teaching on campus we will do so providing all learners can access the campus. 

This course will start in October and run for 20 weeks (4 week break over Christmas), lessons will resume in January 2021. It comprises 60 learning hours over two terms. Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week.  When enrolling you are committing to the full 20 weeks.  There is the option to pay for the full course in one payment or two instalments.

Entry level

You can already read and translate basic texts in German manipulating basic grammar and syntax. This module consolidates existing knowledge students may have of the German language and continues with the study of the language and elements of the culture aiming to develop reading skills. Students will broaden their understanding of the workings of German grammar and syntax and develop the ability to engage with a wider range of texts in the target language.

You have reached level B1 or completed the reading & research (level 1) course or you have enough knowledge to be on track with the group. You can use the ELP self-assessment grid to judge how competent you are in the language. Alternatively, if you require help to assess you level please contact us or come along to one of our drop-in sessions.

Course content

This German for Reading & research purposes course aims to further support independent reading of authentic texts in German. Each session will focus on fundamental aspects of German grammar, including both morphology and syntax and vocabulary. As the course progresses, your tutor will find out the genres and periods most appropriate to the interests of each student and will tailor readings accordingly. You will also develop dictionary skills and practise reading strategies to interpret and translate texts in German. In addition, you will be reading texts immediately and building a working vocabulary, thereby increasing the amount and level of your German knowledge with every session.

Our approach

The course takes place at an accelerated pace to enable you to read German texts from a wide range of sources and time periods. Reading skills are developed by systematically working through short texts and focusing on the recognition of key grammatical structures (verbs, tenses, sentence patterns and word order, negation, nouns, connectors, pronouns, adjectives, prepositions, the passive, idioms, etc.). Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and practise outside the classroom taking advantage of learning resources provided by tutors and the programme. Group numbers are limited to 12 students and planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.