Online ExpertTrack in Language

Intermediate German: People, Places, and Traditions

Strengthen your German language skills and grow your knowledge of everyday life in German-speaking countries.

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The Open UniversityThe Open University

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Improve your language skills on a virtual tour through the German-speaking world

This twelve-week ExpertTrack from The Open University will deepen your understanding of the people, places, and traditions of Germany and other countries where German is spoken, helping you gain the knowledge to take your language skills to the next level.

You’ll embark on a virtual journey through various regions of German-speaking countries and learn about life in cities and towns, focussing in particular on Hamburg in the north of Germany and Passau in the south. You’ll develop your language skills to explore the geography and landscapes of these areas, and discover their festivals and traditions.

Through engaging case studies, you’ll get to know a variety of people who will share their day-to-day lives and insights, offering a more in-depth understanding of the countries in which German is spoken.

Improve your knowledge of German pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary

On this ExpertTrack, you’ll build on your beginner level skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, as well as perfecting your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

A mixture of video, audio and written texts will help you discover how to talk about your own life and experiences. You’ll gain skills to communicate your ideas and reflect on cultures of German-speaking countries to develop your intercultural awareness and communication skills.

Put your German language skills into practice

Throughout the courses, you’ll consolidate your learning by engaging in written conversation with other learners, in both German and English, sharing study tips and contributing to debates. This will cement your learning and give you the confidence to use your newly developed skills in the real world.

By the end of this ExpertTrack, you’ll have the skills to become an independent and competent user of German, having gained a wider knowledge of the geography, landscapes, and festivals of German-speaking countries.

Key skills you will learn

  • Understanding spoken German
  • German pronunciation
  • Writing and understanding German
  • Intercultural understanding and communication
  • Note taking and summarising information
  • Preparing and producing second language oral presentations
  • Online research in a second language
  • Second language dictionary skills
  • Recognising the international phonetic alphabet

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of spoken and written communication in German relating to a variety of everyday contexts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural information relating to societies where German is spoken and an ability to reflect on cultural differences
  • Develop and demonstrate lexical, grammatical and phonological competence in spoken and written German in a variety of everyday contexts
  • Communicate successfully in spoken and written German within a range of everyday contexts

Experience required

You should have a good basic knowledge of German and be at Level A2 or above in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). To ensure success, you should be able to:

  • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment)
  • Communicate routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
  • Describe in simple terms aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need

Getting started

This ExpertTrack will be of interest if you are:

  • Seeking to extend your knowledge of the German language and to develop your ability to communicate in spoken and written German
  • Looking to improve your professional prospects through increased competence in German
  • Interested in developing your understanding of people, places and cultures in the countries where German is spoken

ExpertTrack course overview

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  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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World-class learning with The Open University

As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.

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  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Meet your instructor

Dr Susanne Winchester is an Associate Lecturer in German at The Open University and has authored on various German modules. She has a special interest in learning theory and vocabulary learning.

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  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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