Intermediate 1 German (Intensive)

Freie Universität Berlin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Intermediate 1 German (Intensive)

  • Host University

    Freie Universität Berlin

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany

  • Area of Study

    German, German Culture

  • Language Level

    Low Intermediate

  • 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


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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course is designed to strengthen and expand your communicative competences in listening, speaking, reading and writing, and to deepen your understanding of Germanspeaking cultures in the context of Berlin. With the help of the books Netzwerk A2 and B1 and additional material, which is primarily dealing with cultural and historical aspects of German(y), you will develop your individual language skills. One of the foci of the course is placed on Berlin and its surroundings. Therefore, you will increasingly work with authentic material in class and on course-related excursions. By the end of the course, you will be able to interact in most everyday situations in a German-speaking environment and to conduct simple conversations about familiar topics. You will be familiarized with the German university system, the arts, the media, and current social trends. You will be able to talk about the past and the future, to draw comparisons, to describe persons and things in detail, and to talk about your studies and your plans and wishes. You will have developed reading strategies that will allow you to understand newspaper and magazine articles as well as short literary texts. Through text production, you will also expand on the basics of independent text revision, employing a larger vocabulary and thus enlarging your metalinguistic knowledge. You will be able to understand the main information contained in standard language oral texts.


    Netzwerk A2 („Kursbuch“ and „Arbeitsbuch“) by Stefanie Dengler et al., Klett Stuttgart 2017; Netzwerk B1 („Kursbuch“ and „Arbeitsbuch“) by Stefanie Dengler et al., Klett Stuttgart 2017; authentic/original material

    Living arrangements and moving
    Music Concepts of time – life events
    Other cultures and clichés
    Travelling – weather
    Technology – work and job search
    (Protection of the) environment


    prepositions – declension of adjectives – comparative/superlative – relative clauses – transitive/intransitive verbs – weak masculine nouns – infinitive with zu – tense and temporal expressions – subjunctive II – morphology – complex sentences – pronouns – verbs with prepositions

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