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    Im in my first year studying German in Birmingham. My main aim of going to university to study German was to learn the language to a fluent level. I have been there a year now and feel my language skills haven't improved, if anything, they have got worse. At the moment i am unsure whether to go back to university next year. Financially, I am worried I will have to pay back bursaries to the uni if i drop out. I know I want to study for a degree but i am not sure if the uni is right for me.

    At the moment my options are to just get on with it and hope things improve, take a year out if allowed and spend some time in Germany or move to a different uni.

    I am unsure how i would fund this?
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    It's a 4-year course and you haven't even completed the first year yet. There's plenty of time to become fluent.

    If you've been having concerns have you spoken to any lecturers, student reps or anyone at the student union? I'm sure the lecturers would be keen to know if students thought their language skills were getting worse after a year of teaching.
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    It's a 4-year course and you haven't even completed the first year yet. There's plenty of time to become fluent.

    If you've been having concerns have you spoken to any lecturers, student reps or anyone at the student union? I'm sure the lecturers would be keen to know if students thought their language skills were getting worse after a year of teaching.
    The course book we use is the issue. We have raised the issue with staff before but they simply said there is nothing that can be done about it now, even though we use the same course book over two years. I don't feel like staff are very approachable.


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    I think you are at a juncture where you need to develop self-study strategies. Hint: this means, for the most part, immersing yourself in the language. If you (one) read and listen a lot then you will not fail to become fluent! I don't speak German but I image that the usual suspects (radio, music, TV, novels, films, anything else in German!) will help you. Good luck

    PS. Here's a great book, 'The Word Brain', containing the inside story on learning languages: http://www.amedeo.net/wb/TheWordBrain2015.pdf
    Don't be overwhelmed by the figures as they are perhaps a bit exaggerated, especially for English-German
 
 
 
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