ULGE20110 Pre-intermediate German (A2)

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: Successful completion ofULGE10010 or GCSE grade A or A* or equivalent knowledge.
  • Co-requisite: If 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.
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course.


This course is designed for students who already have some knowledge of the German language, but who lack a basic understanding of the grammar system. It is also designed to meet the need of students who have completed a Beginners' course in German but who do not feel confident enough about their communicative skills to proceed directly to Intermediate Level.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have acquired the ability to:

  1. Read German texts containing high frequency lexis and basic structures;
  2. Understand basic conversations or understand the gist of more complex conversations dealing with familiar topics;
  3. Talk on familiar and simple topics with reasonable fluency;
  4. Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters;
  5. Write a short text or letter about familiar subjects.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

At the end of the course students will have developed their: active listening skills; skimming and scanning skills; presentation skills; ability to extract and process information textual information; intercultural competence.

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.


Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: A reading and writing test (70 minutes) submitted online, 30%.
  • Semester two: Oral 20%; Listening 20%; Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%.

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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Maximum entry

22 per group

Set texts

  • Menschen A2, Deutsch als Fremdsprache / Kursbuch mit DVD-ROM. Charlotte Habersack, Angela Pude, Franz Specht (Autoren). ISBN 978-3-19-101902-0 
  • Menschen A2, Deutsch als Fremdsprache / Arbeitsbuch mit 2 Audio-CDs Anna Breitsameter, Sabine Glas-Peters, Angela Pude (Autoren) ISBN 978-3-19-111902-7 

Recommended texts

  • Fit in Grammatik A1/A2, Taschentrainer , by Anneli Billina. (Hueber 2010), ISBN 978-3-19-357493-0.
  • Grammatik - ganz klar! Übungsgrammatik A1-B1 (Hueber 2011), ISBN 978-3-19-051555-4.


ULGE 20010 Intermediate German. If your end of year grade is below 60%, progression from Pre-intermediate to Intermediate is only recommended with additional self-study or guided study.


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.