Advanced 1 German (Intensive)

Freie Universität Berlin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Advanced 1 German (Intensive)

  • Host University

    Freie Universität Berlin

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany

  • Area of Study

    German, German Culture

  • Language Level

    Advanced

  • Prerequisites

    Please note that this course must be taken in conjunction with one other Intensive German Language course for a total of 7 ECTS credits.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    132
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    8
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    13
  • Overview

    This course aims to deepen your competence in speaking and writing and to expand your vocabulary on a higher language level, with a focus on improving your communicative skills for increasingly academic discussions. The course material will help you acquire relevant and contemporary knowledge about the culture, politics, and history of Germany and other German-speaking countries. Furthermore, you will develop effective reading and listening strategies with regard to various literary genres and media. In-class discussions will be based on literary and non-literary texts, enabling you to exchange information, ideas, and opinions on an academic level. You will give a presentation and lead the ensuing discussion in class. Special attention will be given to your paper.

    Textbook

    Mittelpunkt B2 („Lehrbuch“ and „Arbeitsbuch“) by Albert Daniels et al., Klett Stuttgart 2012; Mittelpunkt C1 („Lehrbuch“ and „Arbeitsbuch“) by Albert Daniels et al., Klett Stuttgart 2013; authentic texts and literature in consultation with the course instructor

    Topics

    Positive and negative emotions
    Living and working abroad
    Nature and climate change
    (Nonverbal) Language and the art of conversation
    Networks and networking, Social Media, Crowdfunding
    Generations and demographical change

    Structures

    Modal clauses – subjective use of modal verbs – adverbial/subordinate clauses – two-part coordinating conjunctions – participles as attributes – subjunctive I and reported speech – relative clauses – sentence structure – verbs with accusative/dative and prepositions

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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