German Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1)  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Monday 30 April 2018 18:00 - 21:00 10 weeks, 2 evenings a week
(Monday and Wednesday)
£510.00 CS1850 Apply Now

Course Content

Whether you wish to expand your references for your science degree, order as many varieties of Wurst and Spätzle in Munich as your stomach can handle, or simply plan on visiting Berlin, this German Beginners Summer Intensive short course is for you.

Learn German from scratch with this German course designed for complete beginners who want to quickly gain social communication skills to get by in Germany in daily life situations. This is an intensive course requiring regular attendance and homework commitments between lessons, as the content of three terms are covered in one. Expect to be immersed in the German language even at this early stage with many speaking and group work activities. With the support of a tutor to facilitate learning in class and outside the class by electronic means, students are able to engage in a mini conversation with German native speakers at the end of the course.

By the end of the course students will have covered the whole syllabus covered in German Beginners (Year 1). If you would like to continue your studies you can join German Lower Intermediate (Year 2) from October.

Why choose the German Summer Intensive short course?

Our Summer Intensive German Beginners short course is taught over just ten weeks and is an intensive course for anyone looking to quickly gain language knowledge and communication skills. The course is delivered twice a week in evening classes from our central London campus.

This combines academic excellence, from our leading language experts, with  flexibility for anyone working in London or the South East.

Tutor Info


Melody Flumendorf has an MA in German and Romance philology and obtained a teaching certificate from the Goethe Institut Münich, as well as training in Blended Learning. She has been teaching tailor-made German courses to adults in various language schools in London such as the International House. She aims to create a relaxed learning environment which focuses on the needs and strengths of the individual learners to facilitate learning in class and achieve the best results.


Barbara Pöllet joined City in 2016. She holds a BSc in Anthropology (from the University of East London) and a Cambridge Certificate of Teaching German to Adults. Barbara also teaches all levels of German at international schools in London.


No prior knowledge required.

English Requirements

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

What will I learn?

Topics covered
Introductions, talking about 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; life in Germany; holidays; weather and health; appearance and fashion.

Grammatical structures
Including questions, answers and statements; formal and informal structures; present tense and present perfect tense of regular and irregular verbs; negative sentences/ negation of nouns (nicht/kein); gender, articles and plural of nouns; personal pronouns, possessive articles, nominative/accusative/dative cases, prepositions, adjective endings, adjective comparative, and modal verbs.

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
*Expressing feelings
*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
*Talking about recent events and more distant past
*Saying where people live
*Making comparisons
*Talking about city life versus country life
*Describing personal appearance
*Discussing clothes and gifts
*Offering help and advice
*Talking about holidays
*Reporting weather conditions
*Discussing health
*Expressing opinions

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.

All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended Reading

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

Leads To...

Course leads to German Lower Intermediate (Year 2)

Career Outcome

At the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. They should be able to introduce themselves, people they know and things they have. They are able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

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