Despite the incredible amount of stress that was the past 12 weeks (Spring term) something really clicked with my German sometime in March and my reading comprehension has really started improving again. One of my larger goals for German is to pass the C2 Goethe Institut Prüfung but my goal for this summer is to increase my vocabulary. Last Summer it was all grammar all the time which worked out really well, this Summer it's vocabulary.
My more concrete plan is:
- Go through my Grund und Aufbauwortschatz book each day and put the words that I don't know into Anki including the sentences that are provided in the book.
- Work through two chapters of the Mittelpunkt B2 Intensivtrainer per week (which should take six weeks) - we used the regular Mittelpunkt B2 textbook in my German classes this calendar year but I want to review it and already have the Intensivtrainer.
- After Mittelpunkt B2, start a C1 textbook
- Read more books in German - I have a subscription to the Goethe Institute's online library and am currently reading Ich träume deutsch: ... und wache türkisch auf. Eine Kindheit in zwei Welten and having no almost issues with comprehension.
I'm also wanting to look for Skype partners because I know it would really behove me to work on my speaking. I have a friend in Vienna who I instant message on iChat in German. We've known each other for four or five years and send each other packages once or twice a year. When I told her my plan she more or less immediately switched to typing in German
So yea - those are the goals right now. So far I've gone through he first 11 of 18 chapters of Grund und Aufbauwortschatz. I'm working through the "Grund" (A1-B1) vocab first and will then go back and through and work through the "Aufbau" section (B2). I started working through it on the 2nd of this month and so far things are going surprisingly smoothly. I've also started putting words (with sentences) from Mittelpunkt into Anki so we'll see how that affects things.
I feel like I should probably also write short essays and put them on iTalki or Lang-8 for correction but I have no idea if I'll have the time and/or energy. It would be great if I could but overburdening myself is not the answer.