ACC 181 (German I) Improving your German 

The aims of this course are improving the abilities of understanding, taking positions and reflection by focusing particularly on grammar correctness. This should enhance the students’ proficiency as speakers and writers of German for when they wish or need to participate in professional or social situations. It is a course open to students with a proficiency at lower intermediate level. This would be defined by grammar knowledge: Present tense, cases, past tense. German I will cover the appropriate use of the adjective declinations and the understanding of the passive voice as well as enable students to form hypothetical sentences and all forms of subordinate clauses. Conversation, short writing exercises, reading of texts from various cultural spheres (depending on students’ interests), short translations from English, will all be included as a means to try to enhance the students’ critical reflection about cultural identity and their ability of analyzing grammatically as well as culturally and socially statements and texts in German language. Prerequisites: Students should have had 3-4 years of German at school or be able to show a diploma of having successfully reached a CEF-level A2. Students who did not study German at school can enrol if they commit to overcoming the first threshold (ca. A2) by themselves (please speak to the instructor for advice). It is students’ responsibility to confirm for themselves whether they have the level necessary to begin this course. The contents of the course can be consulted on the intranet.

 Students who have successfully completed a diploma of B2 or higher or who completed five years or more of German at high school should participate only if they have difficulties in Grammar analysis and application of Grammar rules. If in doubt, ask the instructor.