Centre for Continuing Education

German Course 404 (Level 16)

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This course aims to consolidate and develop your knowledge and speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, further to those gained in previous courses. It wll also introduce more complex grammatical structures in order to improve all essential language skills.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • comment on different lifestyle options
  • elaborate on your own lifestyle choices
  • talk about your dreams and whether you have fulfilled them or not
  • use past tense forms correctly
  • decide when to use simple past and present perfect
  • describe characteristics of a good friend (ensuring correct use of adjectives)
  • have a discussion about the meaning and importance of friendships
  • quote German sayings about friendship, relationships and family
  • forming a personal opinion on who is to be considered a hero
  • give examples of famous people seen as heroes in the past
  • write a passage about your 'personal hero in life'
  • use the correct prepositions with verbs
  • say what happiness vs luck means to you personally.


This course covers the following topics:

How do people live these days? Different lifestyle options:

  • Reading texts about peoples personal profiles, life stories and dreams (Grammar: revision – past tense, simple past and present perfect)
  • Listening to a radio feature about the importance of ‘friendship’ (Grammar: verbs with prepositions/cases)
  • Discussing the idea of an 'every day hero'
  • The meaning of luck and happiness vs the German word 'Glück'
  • Professional portrait: Anne-Sophie Mutter – the famous German violin player

Intended audience

Suitable for B1 level students, those who have completed all levels of German up to 403 or those who have completed 370 hours of recent face-to-face tuition.

Delivery style

Delivered as a series of interactive sessions where active participation is encouraged. Each session is conducted in a friendly and relaxed classroom setting.

Prescribed text

Aspekte Neu B1 Plus: Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch mit Audio-CD, Teil 1, by G. Eikenbusch et al, ISBN 9783126050180.

Based on Chapter 1 of the prescribed text. The text is used for activities and forms the basis for consolidation and practice.

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to five days prior to commencement.

Suggested textbook suppliers


Language Book Centre

Take your enrolment confirmation and a copy of this page to the Language Book Centre to receive a 10% discount off the price of the recommended text.

Please note that in some cases, our suggested supplier may not stock your prescribed text. Please check stock availability prior to signing up for any membership.

Please note

Selected courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

Apply for the language repeat discount.

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