German Beginners 1 (A1)

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This course is an introduction to everyday German, suitable for any student who wishes to develop basic German skills. The course’s objective is to cover basic everyday conversation, listening and understanding skills, with some reading and writing based on the grammar of Standard German.

TEXT: Studio (21) A1 'Das Deutschbuch', H. Funk and C. Kuhn, Cornelsen, 2015, Units 1-3.

Nine Sessions that aim to build general basic comprehension and communication skills in elementary German.

Conversational German and an introduction to cultural practices, with a focus on clear explanation of basic language principles.

Topics (as related to textbook)

  • Unit 1
    • Cafe or Tea?
    • International words in German
    • Greetings, introductions
    • The alphabet, numbers and prices
    • Ordering and paying in a cafe
    • Short reading texts
  • Unit 2
    • Language in the Course
    • Naming objects in the class room
    • Asking questions
    • Reading and understanding short texts
  • Unit 3
    • Cities, Countries, Languages
    • German names for cities and countries
    • Saying where they are situated, Geography
    • Asking questions and answering questions about cities and countries

Grammar (as covered in textbook topics)

  • Unit 1
    • Pronunciation, word accent
    • Verbs in the present tense
    • Formal and informal 'you'
  • Unit 2
    • Nouns
    • Genders, singular, plural
    • Articles
    • Negation 'kein'
    • Compound nouns
  • Unit 3
    • Past tense of to be/sein
    • Word order in sentences and questions
    • Practice pronunciation and intonation

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Speak clearly and be understood in basic German.
  2. Demonstrate the skills, language and attitudes required for further study of German.

IMPORTANT: Textbook cost is not included in the course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any textbooks. We therefore suggest you purchase your textbooks closer to the time of the course commencing.

Abbey’s Language Book Centre, 131 York Street Sydney, Ph: 9267 1397 |

If you are a new WEA Student and enrol into a language class and subsequently find that you are at the wrong level (whether too high or too low), you are permitted to transfer into another more suitable class at no additional cost, provided that the request is made within the first two classes and is in writing from your tutor directly to the Education Manager. After that point, an administration fee of $30 will apply.