German (Pre-Intermediate)

Key information

Start date: 10 January 2022

Attendance dates:

January 2022: 10, 17, 24, 31
February 2022: 07, 14, 21, 28

Time commitment: 1hr 30 min per week


Distance learning

Contact details:


Our German (Pre-Intermediate) evening language classes are open to adult learners, aged 18 and over, and are taught by skilled and experienced tutors.

From October 2021 to June 2022 classes will be taught online via Zoom.

Classes are delivered over three terms and you can join at the beginning of each term:

  • Autumn term (October – December)
  • Winter term (January – March)
  • Spring term (April – June).

The winter and spring terms are a continuation of the autumn term. Please note that If you are a complete beginner, you should not join mid-way through the year, but instead wait and join in the autumn term when the complete beginner courses start. To complete a full level, you need to attend all three consecutive terms.

Nevertheless, you can join the class at the beginning of any term. To ensure that you enrol on the right course if joining us in January or April, please check your language level with our tutors at one of our open evenings.

The University is a nice environment for learning a language. The teachers are very competent but also have good people skills for teaching adults. There is a friendly atmosphere with other students.

Helen Kingstone, German (Pre-intermediate)

Course details

Please note, the syllabus may vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Topics include:

  • German greetings and dialects
  • Travelling in Germany, Austria, Switzerland
  • Visiting and describing a city
  • Migration
  • Talking about languages, adult education courses
  • Making phone calls.


  • Perfect tense: Gestern haben die Semesterferien angefangen.
  • Local prepositions: durch, an… vorbei, gegenüber von, gegen
  • Word order with und, aber, oder, deshalb
  • Sentences with weil; Anna geht nach München, weil ihr Freund dort lebt.
  • Asking more politely: Könnten Sie mir bitte helfen?

Topics include:

  • Lake Constance (Bodensee) at the border of Germany, Austria, Switzerland
  • Hobbies
  • Poetry-Slam
  • German TV
  • Eurovision Song Contest
  • Describing someone.


  • Sentences with dass; Susi sagt, dass Papageien intelligent sind.
  • Comparison with comparative and superlative: schön, schöner, am schönsten
  • Adjectives: interessant, uninteressant, sympathisch, unsympathisch
  • Adjectives after indefinite and negative article in nominative, accusative and dative case: Das ist ein toller Sänger.

Topics include:

  • Allotment (Schrebergarten)
  • Daily routine
  • Apps for the daily life
  • Spa
  • Furniture
  • Dialogues in a shop
  • Order something on the phone
  • Making a complaint.


  • Prepositions (time): ab, bis, zwischen
  • Reflexive verbs: Er wäscht sich.
  • Adjectives after definite article in nominative, accusative and dative case: Der weiße Tisch ist praktisch.
  • Preposition (material): aus; eine Lampe aus Glas.

Reading list

Menschen A2 ISBN: 9783192119026 

We do not recommend you buy the course books before starting the course, in case the tutor changes the course books or you need to transfer to a different level. Our tutor will bring copies for the first class and will let you know which course books to purchase.


Classes run 7pm – 8:30pm on Monday evenings, with eight classes per term.

Class size

Approximately 12 students.


At the end of each term, we will issue you with a certificate of attendance if you have been to a minimum of 75% of your classes.

    Entry requirements

    All applicants should be aged 18 and over.

    TermRequired experience
    AutumnYou should have a basic knowledge of German or studied German up to GSCE level (or equivalent). You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn, winter and spring terms of our German (Beginners) course.
    WinterYou should have a basic knowledge of German or studied German up to GSCE level (or equivalent). You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn term of our German (Beginners) course.
    SpringYou should have a basic knowledge of German or studied German up to GSCE level (or equivalent). You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn and winter terms of our German (Beginners) course.

    Fees and funding

    Price per person:

    £150 for one term


    £150 for one term

    Current Surrey degree student/staff

    £270 for two terms

    Public (10% discount)

    £255 for two terms

    Current Surrey degree student/staff (15% discount)

    £382 for three terms

    Public (15% discount)

    £360 for three terms

    Current Surrey degree student/staff (20% discount)

    Savings apply when you book multiple terms at the same time.

    Additional costs

    Books: approximately £25 - £40 (for three terms).

    How to apply

    Bookings are made via our online store. We advise early enrolment to secure a place.

    Apply now

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