ULGE30010 - Beginners' German (A1+) - Enhanced

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 3
  • Pre-requisite: None
  • Co-requisite: This enhanced level is open to final year students only, but not students following Honours courses in German.
  • Taught during: Both semesters.
  • Timetable: This course follows the same timetable as ULGE10010.


This course is for absolute beginners who are final year students. It aims to give students a basic competence in the skills of reading, listening, spoken and writing German in a dynamic and communicative way, through individual, pair and group work, using studio-based and authentic texts. The focus is on accuracy as well as the development of communicative skills. Students will be expected to use the range of resources available to them in the Language Centre and to communicate with native speakers wherever possible, in order to develop cultural competence. This is an enhanced course unit for Level 3, so students are also expected to complete a number of independent learning tasks and submit this work in the form of an assessed dossier - four tasks in semester 1 and one extended open task in semester 2.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand short, simple messages and announcements;
  2. Read short simple texts and find specific information;
  3. Communicate in simple, routine situations;
  4. Write simple notes, messages and short personal letters.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1/A2 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focused listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, three hours per week. In addition, compilation of an independent learning dossier on topics of personal interest and/or prospective career relevance.


Five pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 20%. Independent learning dossier - four tasks 10%. The written assessment will normally take place during week 12.The dossier is to be submitted in week 12.
  • Semester two: Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 20% in the week before Easter; Independent learning dossier to be handed in the week before the Easter break - one extended open task - 10%; Goethe-Zertifikat A1 (Start Deutsch 1) Examination (Oral, Listening, Reading and Writing) 40%, on Saturday 9th May 2020. NB: The Goethe grade will be modified in order to conform with university regulations..

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • Informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class-based learning activities;
  • Formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Dorit Fellner

Taught by

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Maximum entry

23 per group.

Set texts

  • Menschen A1, Kursbuch mit DVD-ROM, Hueber Publisher, ISBN: 978-3-19-101901-3
  • Menschen A1, Arbeitsbuch mit 2 Audio-CDs, Hueber Publisher, ISBN: 978-3-19-111901-0

Recommended texts

  • Grammatik - ganz klar! Übungsgrammatik A1-B1 (Hueber 2011), ISBN 978-3-19-051555-4.
  • Übungsgrammatik Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Grammatik - kein Problem, Cornelsen Verlag, ISBN 978-3-589-01598-6.
  • Kurzgrammatik zum Nachschlagen und Üben. A Compact Grammar for Reference and Practice (A1-B1), by Monika Reimann. (Hueber 2010), ISBN 978-3-19-109569-7.
  • Fit in Grammatik A1/A2, Taschentrainer , by Anneli Billina. (Hueber 2010), ISBN 978-3-19-357493-0


ULGE20110 Pre-Intermediate German. Students who achieve a 80%+ for this course may be able to progress on to ULGE20010 Intermediate German subject to their tutor's approval.


Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.