Centre for Continuing Education

German Course 504 (Level 20)

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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)

Join us for this intermediate German course and further develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. We will introduce more complex grammatical structures and practice conversation skills by taking on more complex, pre-selected topics. The conversation skills learnt are transferable to other topics.

This intermediate course will prepare you to take on higher levels of German language study. By the end of this course you should be able to write a simple article in German on a topic of your choice.

This course is suitable for you if you have completed all levels of German up to 503, or who have completed 470 hours of recent face-to-face tuition.


Our aim for this course is that you can confidently interact in a number of real-world contexts: from writing complaint letters and conversing on various topics, to paraphrasing radio content and writing a basic article. You will finish this course with an improved understanding of German grammar, and a better sense of connectors and temporal prepositions.


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

  • discuss the topic of consumerism
  • formulate and write a letter of complaint
  • phrase a complaint by phone
  • listen to a radio talk and take notes on the content
  • paraphrase the content of a radio presentation (improved listening skills)
  • design and develop an advertising campaign: use appropriate vocabulary
  • use consecutive sentences more confidently
  • make better sense of subjunctive II
  • make verbal contributions to the idea of going on a world trip: discuss the idea and use relevant vocabulary
  • use appropriate vocabulary to express doubt and rejection regarding issues that may occur while on holidays
  • write an informative article about a city of your choice
  • make informed statements about the explorer Alexander von Humboldt
  • use grammar (B1) more confidently after the revision of essential grammar topics
  • make better sense of the use of connectors and temporal prepositions.


Consumerism – Buying, purchasing and consuming

  • Conversation practice topic: consumerism, consumption and 'products the world (doesn’t) need/s'
  • Customer complaint: formulating a letter of complaint and phrasing a phone complaint
  • Design an advertising campaign: practicing reading comprehension (specialised text) and listening skills (radio feature)
  • Grammar: consecutive sentences and the subjunctive II

Holidays and travel

  • Listening to and understanding a radio interview on travel
  • Using vocabulary to express doubt and rejection
  • Reading and understanding texts about various holiday destinations
  • Writing an informative article about a city of your choice
  • Portrait: Alexander von Humboldt
  • Film: about the city Erfurt
  • Grammar: revision of relevant B1 grammar including connectors and temporal prepositions

Intended audience

Suitable for B1 level students, those who have completed all levels of German up to 503, or who have completed 470 hours of recent face-to-face tuition.

Delivery style

The course is 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 2,Ute Koithan, Tanja Mayr-Sieber et al, ISBN 978-3-12-605019-7.

Based on Chapters 8 and 9 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.

German Course 504 (Level 20)

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