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German Beginners Fast Track Short Courses

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Aimed at total beginners, our German Fast Track course allows students to study Module One and Module Two of the Beginners course in just 10 weeks, starting in January.

Why choose this course?

Whether you are learning German for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, this German Beginners course will enable you to communicate confidently on a basic level in everyday situations, socialise and not feel out of place in the country you are visiting.

This accelerated German short course is an introduction to the German language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication. Challenging but rewarding, the course is perfectly suited to those looking to develop a basic command of German.

The course consists of two evening class a week, for a total of 10 weeks. During this time you will cover Module One and Module Two of the standard German Beginners (Year 1) course. On completion of the course you can enrol on Module Three of the standard German Beginners course in the summer term, if you choose to continue your learning.

All of our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers and delivered at City, University of London’s main campus, in the heart of the capital.

Course overview

You will develop essential speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as a solid understanding of the structure of the language. This is a highly intensive course that requires commitment and dedication. You are expected to study between classes to be able to keep up with the course pace.

Is it the right level for me?

The German Beginners Fast Track short course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of the German language.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge of German, you may wish to join our German Lower Intermediate (Year 2) course or join Module Two or Module Three of the German Beginners (Year 1) course. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Topics covered

  • Introductions, yourself;
  • The alphabet and sounds;
  • Numbers 1-100;
  • Languages and countries;
  • Jobs and professions;
  • Room interior;
  • Hobbies;
  • Food and drink;
  • Shopping and prices;
  • Telling the time;
  • Days of the week;
  • Daily routine;
  • Means of transport;
  • Going out;
  • Travelling in the city.

Grammatical structures

  • Including questions, answers and statements;
  • Formal and informal structures (DU/SIE);
  • Present tense of regular and irregular verbs as well as the verbs "to have" (haben) and "to be" (sein);
  • Negative sentences/ negation of nouns (nicht/kein);
  • Gender, articles and plural of nouns;
  • Some personal pronouns, possessive articles, accusative case;
  • Measurement nouns;
  • Some comparative (gern/lieber);
  • Word order;
  • Separable verbs;
  • Modal verbs, prepositions with accusative and dative;

Learning objectives

  • Greeting people;
  • Introducing yourself and others;
  • Spell out words and use numbers;
  • Saying where you come from and where you live;
  • Giving details about yourself;
  • Expressingfeelings;
  • Describing objects;
  • Talking about your profession and family relationships;
  • Talking about hobbies;
  • Ordering food and drink;
  • Expressing likes and dislikes;
  • Asking and giving prices when shopping;
  • Booking a hotel room;
  • Talking about your daily routine;
  • Talking about duties at work/ home;
  • Making arrangements to meet;
  • Saying what you can do in your town.

Chapter 1-7 of the Willkommen course book will be covered.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Prerequisite knowledge

The German Beginners Fast Track short course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of the German language.

The fast track course covers Module One and Module Two of the standard German Beginners (Year 1) course. Once you have completed the fast track course you may choose to enrol on Module Three of the German Beginners (Year 1) course in April/May to complete the full beginners syllabus.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge of German, you may wish to join our German Lower Intermediate course or join Module Two or Module Three of the German Beginners course. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

English requirements

You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

The emphasis in this course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.

Classroom activities will include:

  • role-playing
  • classroom discussion
  • pair and group work
  • work on pronunciation and intonation
  • grammar in context.

Listening to audio clips and watching videos are an important element in our lessons. More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are generally set as homework.

Progress is assessed on an ongoing basis through homework and performance in class. Students receive verbal feedback from the short course tutor when appropriate and written feedback for homework. All evaluation takes place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Willkommen, Coursebook,

by Heiner Schenke and Paul Coggle

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 2 edition (27 April 2012)

ISBN-10: 1444165151

ISBN-13: 978-1444165159

Students are advised to purchase their own copy of the book, available at most major bookshops.

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Tutor information

  • Simone Rauxloh

    Simone Rauxloh holds an MA from the Freie Univerität Berlin in Art history, Archaeology and Philosophy and another MA in Psycholinguistics from Birkbeck College. Both her interests in teaching foreign languages and in visual cultures revolve around the communication of emotions.

    Simone holds post-graduate diplomas in Law and Teaching. She has been working in adult education for several years and promotes a relaxed learning environment which she can tailor to the needs of her students and from which students take home not just perfect grammar, but the feeling for another culture.

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