ULGE10010 - Beginners' German (A1)

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 1
  • Pre-requisite: This unit is suitable for those who have never studied German before.
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May).
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course

Description

This course is for absolute beginners. It aims to give students a basic knowledge of reading, listening, spoken and written skills in a dynamic and communicative way, through individual, pair and group work and studio-based and authentic texts. The focus is on accuracy as well as communication. 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.

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, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning. Some classes may be delivered online only depending on demand.

Assessment

Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: A reading and writing test (70 minutes) submitted online, 30%.
  • Semester two: Oral 20%; Listening 20%; Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%.

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.

Convenor

Dorit Fellner

Taught by

See timetables

Maximum entry

22 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

Pathway

ULGE20110 Pre-Intermediate German. Students who achieve a 70%+ for this course may be able to progress on to ULGE20010 Intermediate German subject to their tutor's approval.

Employability

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.