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  • German has 110 million native speakers worldwide and is first place in terms
    of numbers of native speakers in the European Union 73 with 24% of the population giving German as their first language. German is the second most sought after language in UK industry.


    British Council (2014), Languages for the Future

  • Modules available

    You will be placed in the module that most suits your linguistic abilities. For us to place you in the right group you will need to fill in information about your linguistic background on the application form and some students will also need to complete a placement test. Find the placement test and application form here.


    LA1PG1- IWLP German 1

    This beginner module is for students with no knowledge (or virtually no knowledge) of the language. The module will give you basic survival skills, enabling you to make yourself understood and to find out information in common, everyday situations. Please note that students with GCSE or equivalent in the language cannot enrol on a Beginners' class. Find out more.


    LA1PG2-IWLP German 2 

    This post-beginner module is for students who have some previous knowledge such as that acquired by taking IWLP German 1 (or equivalent) and can cope in common everyday situations using mainly the present tense. It includes revision of the basic grammar necessary for a sound foundation in the language. Find out more.


    LA1PG3-IWLP German 3

    This lower intermediate module is for students with a basic knowledge of German, such as that acquired by taking IWLP German 2 (or equivalent) and can use basic past, present and future tenses reasonably correctly and who can understand the main points of spoken or written material. Find out more.


    LA1PG4-IWLP German 4

    This upper-Intermediate

    module is for students who have taken IWLP German (or equivalent) and whose previous knowledge of German enables them to understand the main points of everyday spoken and written material (radio, TV, newspapers), and who can express their opinions with reasonable accuracy and fluency. Find out more.


    Language Ladder

    If your placement test suggests that your level is already higher than the module offered by IWLP, or if in a previous IWLP module you reached the top of the levels available, you might be able to enrol on one of the language modules offered by the Department of Modern Languages. At level 4, you can choose between what is offered by IWLP and in the Department but at level 5,6 and 7 modules are available only within the Department Modern Languages. For further information and advice please contact the IWLP coordinator responsible for your language via .

  • Student feedback

    "I managed to use my beginner German in Germany, when we had a conference in Munster for Model United Nations. It was amazing to be praised with how well my grammar was, even when I was just a beginner."
    "Definitely try it! It is not too late to learn a new language... it is fun... And the feeling that you have when you actually apply your knowledge is a self-esteem booster and makes you want to learn more! "
    Michael, 2013/14 German Beginner
  • Meet the staff

    The German tutors are Ms Alison Fenner (Coordinator and Tutor), Ms Karin Herbst and Ms Wendy Smith.

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