This course is suitable for students who have been learning German for a number of years or who have spent periods of time in a German speaking country. Most students wish to practise the language for personal/family reasons, work, travel or to refresh their competency. Whilst we do not follow a course the level we are working at is approximately C1, working towards C2. The lessons offer an opportunity to talk casually, to read articles on Landeskunde, current affairs, new trends in Germany or recent news items. Topic areas explored are varied: the arts, digitalisation, social issues related to housing, education, poverty, diet, migration. Articles read are chosen to elicit responses so may be political or controversial but we also read humorous and light hearted journalistic pieces. Vocabulary and grammar covered emanates mainly from items encountered in texts or conversation, so that we spend some time researching or expanding upon derivations or patterns in the German language. The class is informal and requires students only to offer a contribution or viewpoint to be shared.
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.