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Learn at a moderate pace with our German Beginners short course. Starting in October, you will progress through three modules over a one-year period.
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.
This German Beginners short course is an introduction to the German language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication. Challenging but rewarding, the course is perfectly suited to those looking to develop a basic command of German.
The course consists of one evening class a week, for a total of 30 weeks; spread across three modules, which is ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.
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.
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.
If you have no prior knowledge of German you must start with Module One, which takes place in October term.
If you have some basic knowledge of German and you are already familiar with the content of Module One you may choose to enrol on Module Two or Module Three. See the Eligibility section below for more details.
If you are a complete beginner but you have missed October enrolment for the German Beginners course you can join our German Beginners Fast Track course in January or the German Beginners Summer Intensive course in April/May.
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. ”
Chapter 1-4 of the Willkommen course book will be covered.
Chapter 5-7 of the Willkommen course book will be covered.
Chapter 8-10 of the Willkommen course book will be covered.
Modules are taught at progressive levels, if you have no prior knowledge you must start at Module One in the autumn (October).
If you wish to join Module Two of the German short course (in January), you must have completed Module One or be familiar with the content taught in Module One, specified in the What will I learn? section.
If you wish to enrol on Module Three of the short course (in April/May), you must have completed both Module One and Module Two 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.
You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.
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:
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.
by Heiner Schenke and Paul Coggle
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 2 edition (27 April 2012)
Students are advised to purchase their own copy of the book, from the internet or from most major bookshops.
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.