German Beginners Fast-Track  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Monday 15 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 20 classes over 1 term
(Mondays & Wednesdays)
£410.00 CS1849 Enrolment Closed

Course Content

Learn German from scratch in this fast-paced course.

This evening German course is designed for complete Beginners who want to progress quickly. The material of two terms is covered in one term only. Lessons take place twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays. Each session lasts for two hours and the term has 10 weeks. All our courses are taught by highly experienced language lecturers who are native speakers.

This course is an introduction to the German language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication. 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. Students should expect to study between classes to be able to keep up with the course pace.

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.

By the end of the course you will have covered the syllabus normally covered in Terms 1 and 2 of German Beginners - Year 1 . If you would like to continue your studies you can join German Beginners - Year 1 in Term 3.

Tutor Info

Simone Rauxloh holds an MA from the Freie Univerit√§t 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.  She 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.


No prior knowledge required. This is a course for complete beginners.

English Requirements

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

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.

Learning objectives

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

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

Teaching and 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, class room discussion, pair and group work, work on pronunciation and intonation as well as 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

Willkommen, Coursebook
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 2nd edition (27 April 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1444165151
ISBN-13: 978-1444165159

Students are advised to purchase their own copy of the book, either from the City bookshop (Northampton Square) or from most major bookshops.

Leads To...

Students who successfully complete the Beginners Fast-Track course can progress to Term 3 of the German Beginners (Year 1) short course.

Application Deadline: