German - III

By Prof. Milind Brahme   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 1991
German 3 will build upon the courses German 1 and German 2, which are already being offered on the NPTEL platform since two years.

The overall objective of this course is to acquire good knowledge of the German language, corresponding to the B1 proficiency level of the European Common Framework of Reference for Languages.

B1 is the proficiency level required to be eligible to study in Germany, Austria and at several important universities in Switzerland, and to be able to work in these countries. Through this course we hope to bring your German language competence to a level where you would be able to qualify B1 level exams conducted by certifying institutions, and thus acquire the language eligibility to study / work in Germany (as required as of today by most institutions and organizations).

INTENDED-AUDIENCE:Learners with basic knowledge of German wanting to acquire the competence to be able to study or work in German speaking countries

PRE-REQUISITES: Successful completion of German 2 OR equivalent knowledge of German language

INDUSTRY-SUPPORT: Companies / Organisations / Individuals having business / work with Germany, Austria and/or Switzerland
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Travel – related vocabulary, narrating experiences; Grammar: clauses with infinitive constructions, use of the verb lassen
Week 2: Tech and gadgets – related vocabulary, understanding information about gadgets and technology; Grammar: clauses with obwohl, Genitive case, genitive prepositions wegen and trotz
Week 3: Milestones – Historical and Personal – related vocabulary, understanding and narrating about the past; Grammar: Past Tense, temporal prepositions, expressing consequences: deshalb, deswegen, so…dass etc.
Week 4: All about Work – related vocabulary, job search, advertisements etc.; Grammar: Subjunctive mood, Verb-Preposition combinations, Clauses
Week 5: Environment – related vocabulary, Environment protection; Grammar: Clauses with da, Comparative and Superlative as adjectives, n-Deklination etc.
Week 6: Looking ahead – talking about future plans, reading longer texts; Grammar: Future Tense (I), Relative Clauses in Dative case and with Prepositions
Week 7: Relationships – related vocabulary – men / women / family / conflicts; Grammar: Past Perfect, temporal clauses and their sequence
Week 8: 
Body and Health – related vocabulary – Health, Hospitals, Schools etc, offering help, talking about habits and memories; Grammar: Reflexive pronouns (continuation), Negation, 2-part Connectors 
Week 9: 
Art and Culture – related vocabulary – Art / Theatre / Films / Museums, adding emphasis to sentences, talking about art, films etc.; Grammar: Adjektivdeklination (continuation), placing nicht in a sentence
Week 10: 
Community / Living Together – related vocabulary – Social Values, Europe, Politics, understanding information about the EU, making a short presentation; Grammar: Passive Voice, Prepositions with the Genitive case innerhalb, außerhalb 
Week 11: 
Community / Living Together – related vocabulary – Social Values, Europe, Politics, understanding information about the EU, making a short presentation; Grammar: Passive Voice, Prepositions with the Genitive case innerhalb, außerhalb 
Week 12: 
All about Money – related vocabulary – Banks and Money in a Globalized World, Conversations in a Bank, understanding instructions; Grammar: je…desto constructions, Participles as Adjectives

Books and references

Text Books:

  1. NETZWERK B1 – Set of Textbook, Workbook and Glossary, including Audio material on 2 CDs Delhi: Goyal Publishers (for Klett, Stuttgart), 2015

Reference Books:
Reference Books - Language:

  1. Heinz GRIESBACH, Dora SCHULZ: DEUTSCHE SPRACHLEHRE FÜR AUSLÄNDER – Grundstufe in einem Band. Munich: Hueber, 2004 (13th Edition)
  2. Ute KOITHAN et al: ASPEKTE Neu B1plus. Stuttgart: Klett, 2019
  3. Susan KAUFMANN et al: BERLINER PLATZ 3 Neu. Stuttgart: Klett, 2020 (2017)

Reference Books and Material – German History and Literature:

  1. Martin KITCHEN: A History of Modern Germany – 1800 to the Present. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012
  2. William Harvey MAEHL: Germany in Western Civilization. Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1979

Instructor bio

Prof. Milind Brahme

IIT Madras
Dr Milind Brahme has an MA, M Phil and a PhD in German language and literature from the Centre of German Studies, JNU.He has been on the faculty of IIT Madras since 2003, and has more than 25 years of experience of teaching German language and literature in diverse situations and contexts.


Sashirekha Srigiriraju,
 has an MA in German language and literature from University of Mumbai and a PhD in German language and literature from IITM. She has been a German language instructor at Goethe Institute, Chennai since 2010, and has taught German at IITM as a visiting faculty; at SRM University; at IGCC, and also at Ethiraj College, in Chennai.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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