This website is designed to help you decide whether Auftakt: intermediate German (L130) is best suited to your needs and previous knowledge.
In order to establish whether this module is right for you, you will work with a range of activities from the L130 materials. This allows you to determine whether the level of language proficiency needed at the start of this module is about right or perhaps too high or too low for you. Step 5 below will help you to choose the right pathway for your Language Studies qualification.
Auftakt: intermediate German (L130) is a mixed media module (using books, audio and video material and a website) with regular tutorial support. It revises and consolidates the knowledge of German you already have and teaches more advanced language in the context of German-speaking countries and communities. It offers insights into many aspects of everyday life in modern Germany and Austria, so you should also gain a better understanding of issues that concern German-speaking people. The samples here present activities from the module materials. In addition, the module website provides interactive materials and a rich study environment.
The samples on this site help you to:
You should be able to complete most exercises without consulting a dictionary too often. When using audio or video material, try to extract enough information to do the activity after listening about three times. In the end you might also want to refer to the transcripts provided to check your answers. Remember that when exercises are based on authentic texts, audio or video, you are only expected to understand what is needed to complete the exercise, not every word. Once you have read the texts and done the activities compare your answers with those given in the Lösungen at the end.
Please note that the materials presented here may appear in different media on the actual module.
These documents provide an overview of the L130 module and its approach to teaching German at intermediate level.
These activities help you gauge if the reading texts and writing tasks in the first Thema of L130 are at the right level for you. Also refer to Step 3 for useful factual information for these activities.
These listening activities let you gauge the level of difficulty in the listening activities of the first unit of L130. After following the links below, work through these interactive listening activities with audio and video materials. In the activities you can check your answers and also access the audio transcripts. Please note that all these activities consist of more than one part.
These extracts show how language structures, language learning strategies and cultural information are taught to enhance your study skills and grammatical as well as cultural knowledge.
Now think about how easy or challenging you found the activities, the language of the tasks and the authentic texts and audio resources, always remembering that you are not required to understand every single word at this stage.
Please try to be realistic when you assess your language level. If you choose a module that is too challenging, you may find there is not enough time to do the module and to close the gaps you may have in that language. Also bear in mind that the module will progress in terms of difficulty and volume of work. Choosing the right level will ensure you have time to explore the module materials in full as well as enjoying the experience of studying a language.
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Studienbegleiter 1: page 23: Courtesy of Universitätsstadt Tübingen, www.tuebingen.de
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