Course

German language course

From the very first group lesson, an experienced teacher will help you build on your vocabulary and understand how the language works. You’ll use traditional learning methods as well as online learning tools, such as wikis, blogs and social media. The course not only focuses on speaking and listening skills, additional work on grammar, as well as reading and writing skills, will support you in the language learning process. Your teacher will be a (near-) native speaker, and the group lessons will be conducted in German. Instructions will only be given in Dutch or English if it’s absolutely necessary.

After completing the sixth module, you’ll be able to communicate professionally in German, from speaking and writing to debating, negotiating and giving a presentation.

'I just got the news that I passed DE-A1 and I wanted to thank you for pushing me onto taking the exam and also for making the lessons so fun! Danke☺'

Cristina Palacios Mateo

'(First) I would like to thank the Language Centre for the enriching and exciting German lessons I have followed at the Language Centre!'

Ruben Suarez-Reyero | Student FASoS

German courses

For available times for the courses below please see the course dates and registration form. The registration form shows the currently available groups.

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Costs per course

  • UM students: € 325 per module

  • UM staff, alumni and Zuyd Hogeschool students: € 395 per module

  • All other participants: € 510 per module

Costs are exclusive course materials.

Reference levels according to the CEFR:

  • Beginner:German A1 
  • Elementary: German A2 
  • Intermediate: German B1 
  • Upper intermediate: DE-B2
  • Upper intermediate: DE-B2plus

German A1 (DE-A1)

German A1 is for people with no prior knowledge of German. An intake is not necessary. In this course, you will learn the basis of German grammar. You will build a vocabulary that allows you to read and understand simple sentences. You will also learn to:

  • introduce yourself;
  • ask for directions;
  • order food and drinks;
  • make purchases at a shop.

Course material for German A1

  • Netzwerk neu A1.1, Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit Audios und Videos  ISBN - 9783126071543

  • Netzwerk neu A1.2, Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit Audios und Videos  ISBN - 9783126071550

  • Netzwerk neu A1, Intensivtrainer  ISBN - 9783126071581

  • Recommended: Grammar book ISBN- 9789463923385 (Intertaal) and verbs guide ISBN- 9789463923392

Dates: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Certificate: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

 

German A2 (DE-A2) and B1 (DE-B1)

German A2 and B1 are for people with a basic knowledge of German and people who have completed the previous module. In these modules, you will further develop your vocabulary and your understanding of German grammar and will address more complicated topics of conversation.

Course material for German A2

  • Netzwerk neu A2.1, Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit Audios und Videos  ISBN - 9783126071628

  • Netzwerk neu A2.2, Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit Audios und Videos  ISBN - 9783126071635

  • Netzwerk neu A2, Intensivtrainer  ISBN – 9783126071666

  • Recommended: Grammar book ISBN- 9789463923385 (Intertaal) and verbs guide ISBN- 9789463923392

In module B1 you will:

  • learn to talk about interesting and relevant topics from the fields of study and work​;
  • talk about the past and future;
  • lead discussions and give a presentation about a current topic;
  • read articles and listen to news;
  • describe travel experiences, living abroad , advantages and disadvantages;
  • talk about cities in Germany (history) and your hometown;
  • express your opinion and motivate;
  • learn how to connect ideas;
  • writing letters and emails (formal , informal);
  • writing your own CV.

Course material for German B1

  • DaF kompakt neu B1 Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit CD mp3  ISBN - 9783126763158 
  • DaF kompakt neu B1 Intensivtrainer Wortschatz und Grammatik ISBN - 9783126763189
  • Recommended: Grammar book ISBN- 9789463923385 (Intertaal) and verbs guide ISBN- 9789463923392

Dates: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Certificate: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

German B2 (DE-B2) and B2plus (DE-B2plus)

In German B2, you will learn to:

  • give presentations;
  • make your case in an argument;
  • carry out discussions with native speakers;
  • bring up topics relating to work or studies in class discussions;
  • express thoughts and opinions;

  • understand reports, interviews, talk shows and speak about different point of views;

  • debating and presenting a topic;

  • read literary texts and write a summary;

  • talking about topics such as travelling, beauty, friendship, technology, work, communication, culture, 

    to express feelings and emotions;

  • express an positive or negative opinion;

  • prepare a letter of application and analyse job applications.

German B2plus is primarily a discussion forum in which you must play an active role. During this module, you will learn to:

  • express your thoughts and justify your position in discussions and debates;
  • learn how to present yourself well in an interview;
  • hand in written assignments, in which you will have to pay special attention to grammar.

Course material for German B2 & B2plus

Mittelpunkt neu, B2, Deutsch als Fremdsprache fuer Fortgeschrittene (Klett). NB! ISBN is correct regardless of edition year.

  • Lehrbuch ISBN 978-3-12-676652-4
  • Arbeitsbuch ISBN 978-3-12-676653-1  (Lektionen 1-6 for DE-4 and 7-12 for DE-5)
  • Recommended: Grammar book ISBN- 9789463923385 (Intertaal) and verbs guide ISBN- 9789463923392

Dates: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Certificate: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

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Intake and registration

UM students, staff and external participants are welcome to join the course. If you have no prior knowledge of German, you can simply register for German A1 without first doing an intake. If you would like to take a more advanced level, you must first successfully complete the previous level, or have a comparable level of German.

You can register for a course by using our registration form. After registering, you will receive a confirmation. 

If you already have some knowledge of the language and would like to join a non-beginners group then you can email to Annett Gericke to make an appointment, free of charge. 

Please note, intakes take place in December 2002 and January 2023 (not between 23-12-2022 and 11-01-2023) on:

  • Tuesdays,10:00 and 12:00 
  • Fridays,16:00 and 18:00.

Book an intake well before the course is scheduled to begin. This process will make it easier to make the appointment, and more likely that there will still be an available spot in the module that’s right for you.

Costs per course

  • UM students: € 325 per module

  • UM staff, alumni and Zuyd Hogeschool students: € 395 per module

  • All other participants: € 510 per module

Certification and ECTS credits

After successfully completing a course, you will receive a certificate. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend at least 12 of the 14 lessons, be present at the final exam and have satisfactory results. One course is worth 3 ECTS credits. Whether these credits are acknowledged depends on your faculty. Please consult with your faculty / home university if these credits will be accepted as part of your programme.