ULGE20020 - Advanced German 1 (B2.1)

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: A-level German any grade, or ULGE20010, or equivalent knowledge.
  • Co-requisiteIf you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May).
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course.


This course aims to further develop reading, speaking, writing and listening skills practised in ULGE20010. It emphasises communication and comprehension, but also builds on the grammar base acquired in previous courses. Class tests and assignments ensure that you keep abreast of your work and consolidate and review earlier material.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Understand extended speech, most TV news programmes and many films;
  • Read articles about contemporary problems which put forward arguments and different points of view;
  • Speak with some fluency and spontaneity and take an active part in discussions;
  • Give a presentation on a specialist subject, outlining advantages and disadvantages of particular cases;
  • Write essays, reports and letters, putting forward personal points of view.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B2.1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Information handling, IT skills, cultural appreciation, language awareness, discussion, formal presentations.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning


This assessment information may change as a result of measures taken by the University to minimise the risks posed by Covid-19.

  • Semester one: One written test (reading and writing) submitted via Turnitin (30%); One independent learning dossier (10%). 
  • Semester two: One written test (20%), one listening test (15%), one oral test (25%), one independent learning dossier (10%).

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • Informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class-based learning activities;
  • Formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Dorit Fellner

Taught by

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Set text

  • Sicher! aktuell B2.1 Deutsch als Fremdsprache / Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch mit MP3-CD zum Arbeitsbuch, Lektion 1–6. ISBN 978-3-19-601207-1 

Recommended texts

  • The German Handbook - Your guide to speaking and writing German, Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 0521648602.
  • Upgrade your German, by Annemarie Künzl-Snodgrass and Silke Mentchen. (2003), ISBN 978-0340-80662-1 Publisher Hodder Arnold.
  • Übungsgrammatik für die Mittelstufe (B1-C1) Hueber(2009), ISBN 978-3-19-011657-7.
  • Großes Übungsbuch Wortschatz A2-C1, by Lilli Marlen Brill + Marion Techmer. (Hueber 2011) , ISBN 978-3-19-201721-6.


ULGE20030, Advanced German 2


Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.