German Lower Improvers

German Lower Improvers

This course will suit beginners who have studied German for three or more terms. Its aim is to develop your ability to understand and respond to spoken and written German, and to help you communicate effectively in authentic situations. You will have some familiarity with prepositions, cases and associated adjectival declensions, as well as some knowledge of the perfect tense and basic rules of word order. Topics will include travel, life-styles, culinary habits; giving advice; and talking about work. The geography and culture of German-speaking countries including festivals will also be explored as part of or alongside the various topics. Please bring a ring binder to each lesson for the grammar notes and supplementary material that will be provided by the teacher during the course of the term.


An important component of the course is conversation without neglecting the basics of German grammar in order to enable you to manipulate the language successfully. In addition you will develop listening skills to prepare you to cope with the unexpected. You will be encouraged to build up your own vocabulary lists and to consolidate material covered in class between lessons. Small weekly homeworks will be set.


The course book is "Schritte International 4 Neu. To consolidate grammar you are advised to get a copy of the Collins Easy Learning German Grammar or any other grammar book you find user-friendly. As regards dictionaries, in addition to investing into a hard copy there are a number of good on-line dictionaries, such as,, or


Learning Outcomes

 Grammar practice is a vital part of the course and will focus in particular on:


·the perfect tense of regular and irregular verbs

·prepositions for all cases including declensions of adjectives

·word order in sentences including conjunctions

·the subjunctive/speaking hypothetically


This grammar will not be completely new to you but its revision will give you an opportunity to become increasingly secure in using it.


Your Tutor

Joan Clarkson Joan Clarkson has a joint degree in French and German from the University of St Andrews and a PGCE from the University of Cambridge. She has been teaching both languages for many years in Cambridge, at all levels from adult learners and A level students to primary school children. 


Tuition fees: £115.00
Materials Costs: £0.00
Total Cost: £115.00


No. of sessions: 10

Day Date Times
Mon 23/09/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 30/09/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 07/10/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 14/10/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 28/10/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 04/11/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 11/11/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 18/11/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 25/11/2019 19:00-21:00
Mon 02/12/2019 19:00-21:00

Your next step

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Pay by credit or debit card over the telephone. Please call the Adult Education Office on 01223 278002 Monday to Thursday 9am to 7pm and Friday 9am to 4pm during term time and Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm out of term time.

Pay by cheque, made payable to Hills Road Sixth Form College. Please send you cheque together with a completed enrolment form, which you can find by clicking on ‘How to Enrol’ on the left hand side, to the Adult Education Office, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PE. Please enclose a SAE if you require a receipt.

Please note full refunds can only be made if a class is cancelled or closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment no less than two weeks before the course starts.

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