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 the language. This module is broadly equivalent to A1 / low A2 Basic User level of the Common European Framework for Languages and aims to:

- Provide students with a solid foundation of the basic grammatical structures of the target language thus enabling them to communicate effectively across the four key language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) at an elementary level on a variety of general topics 

- Enable participants to give and understand information and to achieve a confident elementary level of communicative competence in everyday situations 

- Provide an introduction to the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop student awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language

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


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) 

Verbs with prefixes; dative pronouns; direct/ indirect objects. Revision on subordinate clauses; dative pronouns; adverbs of time; ordinal numbers 

Weak and strong verbs in the past tense - past participles  Use of past and future tense forms  Further use of the perfect tense in talking about the past


Greeting others and introducing oneself  Daily Routine  What are you doing tomorrow? - making arrangements to meet a friend  Family album and information on family members  What have you got?/What do you need?/Do you keep fit?  Healthy eating; information on family members  At the weekend  Feedback on in-class test  Invitations - I've no time / What can you do? / 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 Revision on making travel arrangements  What did you do yesterday? - A day in the vacation  My weekend  My CV

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
6 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)Variable1-5, 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 Test201.5 Hours1-5, 7Written Feedback Sheet with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor/s.
Listening Test 1530-minute class test 2, 7Written Feedback Sheet
Oral Test 257/8-minutes 1, 3-7Written Feedback Sheet
Written Examination 401.5 Hours 1-5, 7Written Feedback (upon request)

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In Class Test, Written Examination, Listening TestWritten exam1-5, 7Referral/deferral period
Oral testOral test1, 3 - 7Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 25%,  Written Examination = 75%


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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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


Available as distance learning?


Origin date


Last revision date

January 2017

Key words search

German Beginners; German; German Language; German Ab Initio