German Beginners (FLG1130)

StaffDr Birgit Hanke - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module is intended for students who have little or no previous knowledge of German and offers an introduction to German language and culture. This module is broadly equivalent to A1 / A2 Basic User level of the Common European Framework and aims to:

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the basic grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend simple written and aural texts and extract specific, predictable information related to every-day situations.
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a variety of general topics requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters, both orally and in writing

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise his/her learning with guidance from the tutor
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, such as a reference grammar and bilingual dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Communicate at a basic level in the target language
  • 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture.

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.


It covers the following grammar / topics:


Grammar (non-exhaustive):

  • Alphabet and numbers; word order in sentences, questions & polite Imperatives; conjugation in the present tense 
  • Genders of nouns; def./ indef. articles; adverbs of time 
  • Addressing someone in the du-form; interrogative when?' 
  • Verb haben' + Accusative; possessive pronouns
  • Objects and their genders; use of possessive pronouns; informal & formal ways of addressing people
  • Expressing likes & dislikes - gern/lieber/am liebsten; ein/kein; verbs + direct object
  • The time; the days of the week 
  • Use of modal verbs können',müssen', wollen'; prepositions either followed by the accusative or the dative depending on the context
  • Adjective endings in front of nouns Es gibt' (There is / are) ... + Accusative; adjectives in attributive/ predicative position
  • Use of the informal Imperative; prepositions zum'/'zur' + Dative 
  • Demonstrative adjectives
  • Prepositions + Dative / Accusative 
  • The months; subordinate clauses introduced by dass'; use of the past tense forms (past tense of haben / sein + past participle of the verb)
  • Weak and strong verbs in the past tense - past participles; use of past and future tense forms 


Topics (non-exhaustive):

  • Greeting others and introducing oneself 
  • Daily Routine 
  • Family album and information on family members 
  • Healthy eating
  • At the weekend 
  • Invitations
  • At the restaurant 
  • Looking for a partner - describing one's ideal partner 
  • This is our house / flat 
  • Understanding directions and talking about locations in a town 
  • In the department store - buying and describing items of clothing 
  • On a city centre sightseeing tour 
  • Talking about past / future dates, travel and accommodation 
  • At the ticket window / At reception / At the hotel

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities88Language classes
Guided independent study212Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in German. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write short assignments and generally begin to acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
5 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)Variable1-5, 7Written and oral
1 in-class formative task in week 12 (during the first two timetabled hours)1.5 hours1-5, 7Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-Class Listening Test 2045-minutes 2, 7Written and oral
Oral Test 307/8-minutes 1, 3-7Written and oral
Written Examination 502 hours1-5, 7Written and oral

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written Exam and In-Class Listening TestWritten Exam1-5, 7Referral/deferral period
Oral testOral test1, 3 - 7Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 30%,  Written Examination = 70%


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Carty &Wuhrer, Foundations German: Level 1, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016


Jones/Lawlor, Practice in German Grammar, Nelson Thornes Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition, 2001

Recommended materials: Dictionary: Collins Pocket German Dictionary.

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Key words search

German Beginners; German; German Language; German Ab Initio