Advanced 2 German (Intensive)

Freie Universität Berlin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Advanced 2 German (Intensive)

  • Host University

    Freie Universität Berlin

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany

  • Area of Study

    German, German Culture

  • Language Level

    High 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 will enable you to approximate your competence in speaking and writing German as well as your vocabulary to the native-speaker level. This includes understanding connotations and idioms as well as using stylistically and situationally appropriate forms of communication. Special attention will be given to the improvement of your communicative skills in academic contexts. You will be able to understand lectures and presentations and to participate in academic discussions. Sophisticated authentic texts will help you gain relevant information about the culture, politics, and history of Germany and other Germanspeaking countries. At the end of this course, you will have acquired effective reading and listening strategies concerning various literary genres and media and will work with larger excerpts of German literature. In-class discussions will be based on literary and non-literary texts, enabling you to exchange information, ideas, and opinions on an academic level. Your final project includes an academic paper, a presentation, and the direction of the ensuing discussion in class.

    Textbook

    Mittelpunkt C1 („Lehrbuch“ and „Arbeitsbuch“) by Albert Daniels et al., Klett Stuttgart 2013; in this course, instruction is based primarily on authentic/original texts from print media, literature and specialist literature

    Topics

    Communication standards, forms and variations
    Working environments and job search
    Innovations in technology
    Multicultural Germany
    The Arts
    Social activism and volunteering
    Laws and criminality
    Role of the senses
    Globalization and climate change

    Structures

    particles in modal clauses – extended participles – gerund – indefinite and demonstrative pronouns – sentence transformations with emphasis on nouns or verbs – verbs with prefixes and variations in meaning – noun-verb connections – genitive prepositions in written German – reported speech

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.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations