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Learn German with the Skills Centre if you are a University of Bath student

Find out about our courses and how to enrol on the right on for you

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Develop your language and intercultural skills

We offer various course levels from beginner to advanced.

Complete Beginner

This course is suitable for students who have no prior knowledge or experience of learning German and will introduce you to the language and the countries in which German is spoken.

At the end of the course you should be able to:

  • introduce yourself in simple German and talk about some common topics
  • ask and respond to questions about everyday situations in German
  • use the main forms of the present tense and some commonly used pronouns
  • understand a limited number of basic information presented in German.

Post Beginner

This level is suitable for those who have completed the Complete Beginner course with Foreign Languages and/or have some basic knowledge of German.

At the end of the course you should be able to:

  • talk about yourself and others in simple German and talk about a variety of common topics
  • ask and respond to questions about everyday situations in German
  • use the main forms of some tenses and some other grammatical features (for example pronouns, articles, gender)
  • understand some basic information from different German based sources, including websites, texts and videos.

Elementary Part 1

This course is suitable for students who have a basic knowledge of German (CEFR A1) and/or have successfully completed a full Beginner's course in the past (Complete Beginner and Post-Beginner).

You should be able to:

  • talk about yourself, friends and family, express likes and dislikes and other everyday situations, such as booking a hotel room
  • understand simple information from German sources, including texts and videos
  • describe things in German, such as your flat or house, or places, such as museums or similar
  • use some tenses in German, such as the present tense and the perfect tense, with confidence
  • ask and respond to questions in German.

Lower Intermediate Part 1

This course is suitable for students who have completed the Beginner, Post Beginner and Elementary courses and/or have previous knowledge of learning German, equivalent to a good GCSE (CEFR A2).

At the end of the course you should be able to:

  • talk about a variety of topics related to everyday situations, including your background, education, accommodation, travel, food and drink
  • understand a range of information from German sources, including websites, texts and videos
  • use a range of German tenses and other grammatical features (for example subjunctive, adjective endings, prepositions) with some confidence
  • discuss (with guidance) some topics in German

Intermediate Part 1

This course is suitable for students who have completed the Lower Intermediate course and/or have previous knowledge of learning German, equivalent to a good AS Level (CEFR B1).

At the end of the course you should be able to:

  • interact with others in a variety of social situations with a degree of flexibility
  • understand a wide range of information from German sources, including websites, texts and videos
  • research independently and find appropriate information from German sources, including websites, texts and videos, and present this information in German with a high degree of confidence
  • use a wide range of grammatical features with a degree of confidence
  • discuss a variety of topics in German

Advanced Part 1

This course is suitable for students who have completed the Intermediate course and/or have a high level of previous knowledge of learning German, equivalent to a good A Level (CEFR B2).

At the end of the course you should be able to:

  • express yourself fluently in a large variety of contexts
  • understand a wide range of complex information from German sources in academic and non-academic contexts, including websites, texts and videos
  • research independently and find appropriate information from German sources, including websites, texts and videos, and present this information in German with a very high degree of confidence
  • use a wide range of grammatical features with a high degree of confidence and very few errors
  • discuss a large variety of topics in German.

Student experience

On the Advanced course, we explore a different topic each week and learn from the teacher’s wide-ranging knowledge of German culture and society.

You can read more about the German Advanced course in the following blog:

5 facts about German and Germany

In addition to our courses, there are opportunities to develop your language and intercultural skills informally with other students through Peer Assisted Learning.

Enrolment opens 21 September 2022

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Enquiries

If you have any questions, please contact us.