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German Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1) Short Course

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Learn German in a few short weeks with our Beginners Summer Intensive course. This concentrated course will teach you the entire syllabus of the German Beginners course in just 10 weeks during the summer term.

Why choose this course?

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.

The German Beginners Summer Intensive course consists of two evening classes per week for a total of 10 weeks. In this time you will cover all three modules of the beginners course, giving you an excellent grasp on basic German in a short space of time.

Challenging but rewarding, the course is perfectly suited to those looking to develop a basic command of German.

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

This is an intensive course requiring regular attendance and homework commitments between lessons, as the content of three Modules 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, you will be able to engage in a mini conversation with German native speakers at the end of the course.

Is it the right level for me?

The German Beginners Summer Intensive 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?

  • 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;
  • Describing what happened at the weekend;
  • Talking about recent events;
  • Talking about the more distant past;
  • Describing your house and your area;
  • Saying where things are/ giving directions;
  • Describing people, places and events;
  • Making comparisons;
  • Expressing opinions and discussing pros and cons.

Chapter 1-10 of the Willkommen course book will be covered.

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;
  • Recent and past events;
  • 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;
  • Modal verbs;
  • Perfect tense (regular and irregular), perfect tense with “sein” + “haben”;
  • Comparative and superlative, adjective endings, dative and accusative case in a sentence/ direct and indirect object.



Prerequisite knowledge

The German Summer Intensive course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of German.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge, 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.

All evaluation will take 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.

Tutor information

  • Katja Miarka

    (coming soon)

Next steps

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