Schüler kritisieren auch, dass die Intensivierungsstunden, die zum Üben gedacht seien, auf Grund der Stofffülle für neuen Stoff verwendet werden müssen.

I came up with following translation although I feel something is wrong about it.

Students also criticise the immersion classes, which are intended to be for practice, due to the new material must be applied.

This doesn't make too much sense to me.

Also, what does it say "gedacht seien", not "gedacht sein"? What is the difference between Stoff and Stofffülle?

  • So Stofffülle can be translated as "quantity"? – user2627346 Oct 10 at 8:08
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    Please don't try and answer questions in comments. This definitely discourages people from writing proper answers. – tofro Oct 10 at 11:25
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This sentence uses "gedacht seien" instead of "gedacht sind" because this is indirect speech (triggered by "kritisieren, dass"). I would then expect "müssten" in the end, though.

The "Fülle" in Stofffülle means "large amount" here, so Stofffülle means "large amount of required material".

To translate the overall sentence, we can first look at its basic structure:

Schüler kritisieren, dass die Stunden verwendet werden müssen.

Students criticise that the classes have to be used.

Adding all the details leads us to:

Schüler kritisieren auch, dass die Intensivierungsstunden, die zum Üben gedacht seien, auf Grund der Stofffülle für neuen Stoff verwendet werden müssen.

Students also criticise that intensification classes, which are intended for practice, have to be used for new material due to the large amount of required material.

  • "müssen" instead of "müssten" makes sense if it is an undisputed fact that the intensification classes are used for new material (? - here "subject matter" seems to be preferable). This does not seem to be the case with the intensifying classes being intended for practice. – RHa Oct 10 at 21:37

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