Beginning German 1

This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of German and wish to achieve basic language skills for the purposes of further study, communication, travel or enjoyment. A major objective will be to develop conversation skills; however, reading and writing skills will be developed concurrently. Knowledge of the language and culture will be taught using text and media. The course will focus on the use of German in a diverse range of situations and the cultural, social and geographical aspects of German speaking countries that interest the students most. Each session will be devoted to certain topics such as everyday life and travel. These topics will be used in teaching language skills.

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Teacher Date Day Time Sessions Fee Enrol
Philippa Hutter-Albrecht 12 October Thursday 6-8pm 9 $335 Enrol now

Course outline

Based on the first 2 chapters of the textbook, Optimal A1, which is in accordance with the European Framework of Language Study, and supplemented with the German language video series, Deutsch Aktuell the following will be covered during your course.

  • Week 1-3: You will be introduced 'Germanisms' used in daily English, rules for noun gender and vowel pronunciation. You will then learn basic greetings, including how to introduce and talk about yourself before moving from the first person to asking and talking about others using the second and third person. There will be discussion around the similarities and differences between German and English with regard to basic sentence structure and asking questions and you will be introduced to verb conjugation and verb tables.
  • Week 4-6: The focus will be on travel, including asking for and providing information and directions and asking questions. You will learn the most complex aspect of German grammar - case (nominative, genitive, dative and accusative).
  • Week 7-9: The focus will be on everyday life in Germany including family, hobbies and work. You will learn how to define your interests, job and hobbies, as well as how to express an opinion using "I like/dislike" statements. You will be introduced to the two different ways to express, “Yes!”, and will extend your number skills to include dates and times and posing questions about the time/date. By the end of the course, you will be able to select city of your choice and discuss its features following a given template to your class.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • developed basic conversation, reading and writing skills
  • developed a basic knowledge of the German language and culture

Who should enrol

This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of German and wish to achieve basic language skills for the purposes of further study, communication, travel or enjoyment. The course is open to any age group.

Course materials

Optimal A1. This Textbook may be purchased from the ANU Coop bookstore.

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