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German 1A

  • Who is it for?

    This course is for people with no previous knowledge of German, or those who know a few words and phrases. The content of the course is practical and will be useful to people wanting to get by in German on a trip abroad and to talk to German speakers here or overseas.

  • What does it cover?

    The emphasis of the course is on the spoken language. The aims are: to build students' confidence to speak German and to develop listening skills and, to a lesser extent, reading and writing skills. Attention is given to good pronunciation and intonation.
    The topics covered will include: greetings, introductions; giving simple information about yourself: where you are from, where you live, your family, your work and asking others for similar information; counting and understanding numbers and prices; asking for and giving telephone numbers and addresses; ordering snacks, food and drinks.
    Adjustments will be made to the topics to meet the students' needs and interests. Throughout the course we will focus on the grammar being used as it arises in the above situations.
    You will be working towards reaching A1 level of competency in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), incorporating these objectives:
    - Recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning yourself, your family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.
    - Understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.
    - Interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help you formulate what you are trying to say.
    - Ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
    - Use simple phrases and sentences to describe where you live and people you know.

  • What will it be like?

    The class is conducted in German as much as possible but if a clear explanation is required, English will be spoken. The aim is effective communication and to this end there is plenty of listening and plenty of communicative practice. Sound recordings are used in class regularly. Students practise what they learn in simple dialogues with the tutor, in group conversations and in pairs, supervised by the tutor. Students are encouraged to read simple texts from recommended books or worksheets outside class and to do written homework.
    Your tutor will assess your learning throughout the course and you will receive regular feedback. You will also have the opportunity to evaluate your own progress and discuss it with your tutor at the end of the course.

  • What else do I need to buy or do?

    Pen, paper and a ring binder or folder.
    The tutor will recommend a course book, grammar and language activities books as well as dictionaries.
    You will be given self-assessed and tutor-assessed homework on a weekly basis, to revise learning and to prepare for the next lesson. It is expected that you do regular self study to further your language learning. You should ideally spend some time every day practising the language. Independent work will be encouraged.

  • What could it lead to?

    Stage 1B at Mary Ward or equivalent elsewhere

Available Courses

German 1A

Self Assessment

09 January 2024 – 26 March 2024
Tuesday, 13:00 to 15:00
Course Code:372
£152 / £53
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford

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German 1B

23 April 2024 – 09 July 2024
Tuesday, 13:00 to 15:00
Course Code:373
£152 / £53
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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