German (Year 1) Beginners  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Tuesday 3 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1828 Enrolment Closed
Tuesday 16 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1828 Apply Now
Tuesday 1 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1828 Apply Now
Tuesday 3 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00
(All 3 Terms)
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Course Content

This German Beginners short course is an introduction to the German language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication and runs over three terms that progressively build on one another. Students develop essential speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as a solid understanding of the structure of the language. Whether learning German for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, this German Beginners course enables students to communicate confidently on a basic level in everyday situations, socialise and not feel out of place when visiting the country.


Term 1 of the German Year 1 course is aimed at complete Beginners - for students with no prior knowledge of the language.

Term 2 and Term 3 of this course is aimed at students with some basic knowledge of the language. If you would like to join the German Year 1 course in January or April, please make sure you have the correct level by using our online guidelines.

If you're a complete beginner and have missed the September enrolment you can join the German Beginners Fast-Track course in January. You will cover Term 1 and Term 2 within one 10 week term. You will then be able to join German Year 1 in Term 3.

If you've missed the January enrolment, you can join the German Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1) in April. You will cover the course materials of Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 within one term.

Why choose the German Beginners short course?

Delivered by native speakers, our German Beginners short course is taught over ten weekly evening sessions in the heart of London.

Challenging but rewarding, the German Beginners course is perfectly suited to those working full time or anyone looking to improve their language skills and knowledge.

Tutor Info

Boris Born has an MA in German and Philosophical Studies (Berlin, 1988). He has been teaching German in various institutions in London such as London Metropolitan University (formerly the University of North London), in language schools, and at City, University of London since 1998.


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. Your progress will be assessed on an on-going basis through homework and performance in class. You will receive verbal feedback from your lecturer when appropriate and written feedback with your homework. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended Reading

Willkommen, Coursebook
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 2 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 course can progress to German Year 2.

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