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German Beginners (Year 1) Short Course

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Start learning German with our German Beginners short course. The course is made up of three parts (parts 1-3), taught at progressive levels. Take one part or enrol on all three to complete the full beginners syllabus.

Why choose this course?

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

This Beginners German short course is an introduction to the language and way of life in German speaking countries. Challenging but rewarding, the course is perfectly suited to those looking to develop a basic command of German.

The full beginners course is made up of three 10-week beginners’ modules – part 1, part 2 and part 3. Enrol on the full syllabus (parts 1-3) to gain a complete knowledge of German for beginners at the best price. Our teaching takes place one evening a week, ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.

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 Beginners short course in German will teach you essential speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as a solid understanding of the structure of the language.

You will learn greetings, how to introduce yourself and others, spell out words and use numbers, say where you come from and where you live, learn how to give details about yourself and many more different things which are listed below.

Is it the right level for me?

If you have no prior knowledge of German you must start with part 1, or the full syllabus (parts 1-3).If you have some basic knowledge of German and you are already familiar with the content of part 1 you may choose to enrol on part 2 or 3. See the Eligibility section below for more details.

If you are a complete beginner and you want to start in January, you can join our German Beginners Parts 1 & 2 Combined course.

Please make sure you have the correct level by using our online guidelines.

  • “ I studied the language at school, and the course has enabled me to develop this limited understanding in a variety of ways. I am particularly impressed by the tutor’s clarity of explanation and friendly classroom manner. ”

    Christopher Bailey

    Former student

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Part 1

Topics covered

  • Introductions;
  • yourself;
  • the alphabet and sounds;
  • numbers 1-100;
  • languages and countries;
  • jobs and professions;
  • room interior;
  • hobbies.;

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

  • 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.

Chapter 1-4 of the Willkommen course book will be covered.

Part 2

Topics covered

  • 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

  • Measurement nouns;
  • Some comparative (gern/lieber);
  • Word order;
  • Separable verbs;
  • Modal verbs, prepositions with accusative and dative case.

Learning objectives

  • 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 5-7 of the Willkommen course book will be covered.

Part 3

Topics covered

  • Recent and past events;
  • housing, town vs. countryside;
  • colours and clothes;
  • celebrations and gifts.

Grammatical structures

  • Perfect tense (regular and irregular), perfect tense with “sein” + “haben”;
  • more prepositions with case;
  • comparative and superlative;
  • adjective endings;
  • dative and accusative case in a sentence/ direct and indirect object.

Learning objectives

  • 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 8-10 of the Willkommen course book will be covered.



Prerequisite knowledge

Modules are taught at progressive levels, if you have no prior knowledge you must start part 1 or enrol on the full syllabus (parts 1-3).

If you wish to join part 2 of the German Beginners course, you must have completed part 1 or be familiar with the content taught in part 1, specified in the What will I learn? section.

If you wish to enrol on part 3 of the short course, you must have completed both parts 1 and 2 or be familiar with the content taught in these two modules, found in the What will I learn? section.

Please check your level by using our online guidelines before enrolling.

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.

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

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, from the internet or from most major bookshops.

Tutor information

  • Boris Born

    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.

Next steps

This German Lower Intermediate Short Evening Course is a fantastic follow-on course for anyone that has studied German before and looking to take their knowledge further.…