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German 9

Start level
B2.2
Target level
B2+
Startdate
September, February
Language of instruction
German/Dutch/English

Course description

The German 9 course is intended for those who have completed the German 8 course or have a comparable level (B2.2) of German. From the beginning of this course, you will start communicating in German. The topics covered include: talking about work, having a conversation with a customer, writing a learning biography, having discussions, giving feedback. The necessary grammar is explained and ample attention is paid to vocabulary. All skills are covered: speaking, writing, reading and listening. Attention is also paid to the cultural context of the countries in which the language is spoken.

After completing this course, you will be able to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation. You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. You can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

The course makes use of the digital learning environment BrightSpace. Within this learning environment you will find the homework and additional learning materials. Course participants are expected to prepare the lessons at home. (approximately two hours per lesson)

The course is concluded with a test. A certificate is awarded if the test is completed successfully and the participant has attended 80% of the lessons.

Course material

  • Berliner Platz 4 neu; Lemcke, C., Unit 10-12. Langenscheidt Bei Klett. ISBN 9783126060776.

The textbook Berliner Platz 4 neu used in this course consists of 12 chapters and corresponds to a complete level of the CEFR/ERK. The aim of this book is to guide you from level B1 to level B2. The content is divided into three courses. After the course German 7 you will reach level B2.1, after following German 8 level B2.2 and after German 9 level B2.3 (B2).

The course material is not included in the course price. Course participants are required to purchase course materials themselves, well in advance.

Target group and admission requirements

The course is intended for adults with a higher education, including both Leiden University students and staff members and other interested parties with no relation to the University. The course is open to persons aged 17 and older who have completed a secondary school education.

You can participate in this course if you have successfully completed the German 7 course or if you can prove that you have a comparable level of German. Potential participants who do not fulfil these entry requirements have to complete an entry test to determine whether their level is sufficient. This test is a computer test. It can either be taken at the Language Centre or downloaded and taken at home.

Other information

  • The maximum number of participants for this course is 18.
  • The course load is 56 hours. On request a Course load declaration form can be issued. The student should enquire with their department whether course participation can be converted into credits.
  • The holiday periods can be found in the Academic Language Centre's academic calendar.
  • If classes are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added on to the end of the course. Please take into account courses may end later than scheduled.
  • The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
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