This course will suit you if you have studied German for three or more years. Its aim is to further develop your confidence and ability to communicate effectively in German whilst deepening cultural awareness. A variety of listening, speaking, reading and writing exercises will be used to support this and help you put grammatical rules into practice. You will be encouraged to build up your own vocabulary lists and to consolidate material covered in class between lessons. 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.
We are using the course book Studio d: Die Mittelstufe, Deutsch als Fremdsprache, from Cornelsen publisher, ISBN 978-3-06-020094-8. Aligned linguistically with the level B2/1 of the European Framework of Languages, Studio d covers day-to-day vocabulary applicable to a wide range of situations while encouraging discussion of contemporary issues and the culture, geography and history of the German-speaking regions of Europe. Systematic revision of grammar is included. In addition, we will work with authentic texts (visual, aural and written) to further deepen your knowledge of literature, and regional and national customs and traditions. Systematic revision of grammar is part of the course.
It is recommended you get a copy of the latest edition of Schaum’s outlines German Grammar. In addition investment in a good dictionary is advised. There are also a number of good on-line dictionaries, such as leo.org, wordreference.com/de, or dict.cc.
Rachel Kennard completed a Modern Languages degree at Leeds University and a PGCE. She taught German and French in a London comprehensive school. Whilst raising a family she worked as an adult education tutor, examiner and moderator for OCR and AQA. Most recently she was a tutor of French to adults locally, delivering courses from beginners to advanced. After a return to teaching course she has worked in a variety of secondary, primary and special needs schools on a supply basis, gaining diverse experience. She has spent several years in Germany studying and working in Leipzig, Munich and Trier.