German Beginners Fast-Track (FLG2130)

StaffDr Hadaya Chisholm El Saad - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

German Beginners Fast-Track provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context. The module is taught as far as possible in German.

German Beginners Fast-Track aims to:

  • Provide you with a solid foundation of the basic grammatical structures of German and the linguistic tools to enable you to communicate effectively in everyday situations across the four key language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
  • 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 German is spoken and to develop your awareness of the general social and cultural background of German
  • German Beginners Fast-Track exit level is broadly equivalent to A2 Basic User level of the Common European Framework
  • If you successfully complete this module you will normally progress directly to German Intermediate 2, FLG2330

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the basic grammatical structures of German.
  • 2. Read and comprehend straightforward written and aural texts on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, study, leisure etc in German.
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a broad range of general topics which are familiar or of personal interest, both orally and in writing, and produce short descriptive and narrative texts, formal and informal letters.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise your 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 your learning.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Make a presentation on a topic pertinent to everyday occurrences in your field and hold a conversation in German which may involve expressing opinions and making value judgments.
  • 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.

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following grammar/topics:

Main grammar (non-exhaustive):

  • Alphabet and numbers; word order in sentences, questions and 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' plus Accusative; possessive pronouns
  • Objects and their genders; use of possessive pronouns; informal and formal ways of addressing people
  • Expressing likes and dislikes - gern/lieber/am liebsten; ein/kein; verbs plus direct object
  • The time; the days of the week 
  • Use of modal verbs prepositions and accusative or dative
  • Adjective endings in front of nouns, ‘Es gibt' (There is/are) ... plus Accusative; adjectives in attributive/predicative position
  • Use of the informal Imperative; prepositions ‘zum'/'zur' and Dative 
  • Demonstrative adjectives, subordinate clauses introduced by ‘dass’; use of the past tense forms (past tense of haben/sein and past participle of the verb)
  • Verbs with prefixes; direct/indirect objects, dative pronouns; adverbs of time; ordinal numbers
  • Weak and strong verbs in the past tense – past participles
  • Use of past and future tense forms, use of the perfect tense in talking about the past, reflexive verbs
  • Question words and pronouns
  • Subjunctive 2, (comparison) with adjectives
  • Passive structures
  • Infinitive with “zu”, Constructions with “es”
  • Relative pronouns, “lassen“, “zum“ and Infinitive, indirect questions
  • Infinitive with “um zu“, prepositions “außer“, “wegen“
  • Expressions with prepositions

Main topics (non-exhaustive):

  • Greeting others and introducing oneself 
  • Daily Routine 
  • Making arrangements to meet a friend
  • Family album and information about family relationships
  • Healthy eating
  • Describing routines and weekends 
  • Invitations
  • At the restaurant
  • Describing people physically and characteristics
  • This is our house/flat
  • Understanding directions and talking about locations in a town 
  • Shopping – buying and describing items of clothing 
  • On a city centre sightseeing tour 
  • Talking about past/future dates, travel and accommodation 
  • School, education and professions
  • TV programmes
  • The world of work
  • Nature and the environment
  • Germans abroad and foreigners in German, clothes, stereotypes
  • Happiness at work, looking for a job, writing a CV
  • Problems with the car
  • Expressing likes and dislikes
  • Parents and children
  • Growing up now and in the past

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 and teaching88Language 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 feedback
1 in-class formative task in week 12 (during the first two timetabled hours)1.5 hours1-5, 7Written and oral feedback

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 test2045 minutes2, 7Written and oral feedback
Oral test308-9 minutes1, 3-7Written and oral feedback
Written examination502 hours examination1-5, 7Written and oral feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written examination and in-class listening testWritten examination1-5, 7Referral/Deferral period
Oral testOral test1, 3-7Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 30%,  Written Examination = 70%

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Begegnungen: Kurs-Und Arbeitsbuch A1 + MIT 2 CDs, Schubert Verlag (1 Oct 2008)
  • Begegnungen: Kurs-Und Arbeitsbuch A2 + MIT 2 CD's, Schubert Verlag (1 Oct 2008)

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Jones/Lawlor, Practice in German Grammar, Nelson Thornes Ltd; 2 Rev Ed edition,
  • 2001 Dictionary: Collins/Robert German Dictionary or similar.

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