German Higher Intermediate 1 (MLT253)

Based on 33 hours of small group interactive seminars and tutorials predominantly delivered in the foreign language, the unit also comprises 67 hours of monitored private study.


  • University credits: 10
  • University levels: 1-4
  • Pre-requisite: MLT206, AS level grade A-C, A level grade D/E, CEF B1-
  • Co-requisite: N/A.
  • Availability: Students, members of staff, members of the public
  • Teaching period: Autumn semester (See timetables and course dates)
  • Contact times: 3 hours per week over 11 weeks, starting in Week 2 of the semester, and including a two-hour class and a one-hour lab session.
  • Group size: Maximum of 23 students per class-group and 10-15 per lab-group.
  • Language Co-ordinator: Dr Marina Micke
  • Module Leader: Engracia Fernández Navas
  • Pathway: MLT254

Assuming a good AS level in the language or equivalent, this unit aims to provide the linguistic and cultural skills to start interacting and socializing in a fairly authentic and spontaneous way with native speakers in a range of advanced but usually predictable situations which would be encountered during, for instance, a short stay or placement abroad.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • perform at Level B1-/B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar, everyday matters, whether personal or professional, and of many radio or TV programmes on current affairs provided delivery if relatively slow and clear
  • understand texts of an informative nature that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related language, and the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters
  • deal with main oral interactions likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken, entering with limited preparation into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events), and deliver a short presentation of an informative nature on a simple contemporary topic, backing up their arguments with facts
  • write clear, informative texts (e.g. essay, blog, email) on topics with which they are familiar or of personal interest, describing and organising facts, ideas and emotions in a variety of temporal or modal contexts so as to convince their reader or elicit further reaction from them
  • demonstrate an understanding of current cultural and social trends and related behaviours in areas where the language is spoken so as to engage appropriately with native speakers in common communicative situations
  • use multimedia resources, video and audio, Internet as an integral part of foreign language study, in particular for independent study, grammar practice, and reading and writing skills
  • demonstrate basic competence in a number of transferable skills such as IT skills, researching, presenting and analysing information, defending an argument and negotiating, intercultural and language awareness, autonomous learning, social media communication, etc.

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Information last updated: 30 September 2021