German Beginners (Level 1)

This is for you if you have no prior knowledge of German (or so little that you effectively want to start again from scratch). You will learn basic skills to enable you to make yourself understood and to find out information in everyday situations.

Key information 

  • Course: Mondays 5-7pm
    Delivery: Online
    Timeline: Starts 18 October 2021 - Ends 21 March 2022
    Length: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £210 (payable in two termly instalments)
  • Course: Wednesdays 5-7pm
    Delivery: On-campus (face-to-face)
    Timeline: Starts 13 October 2021 - Ends 23 March 2022
    Length: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £210 (payable in two termly instalments)

These courses will be taught in a small group. Online courses have a minimum 8 and maximum 12 students; while On-campus courses have a minimum of 8 and maximum of 14 students. Course fee includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.

Courses started online will remain online throughout.

Please note that courses taught On-campus could be moved online if the Covid-19 situation prevents face-to-face teaching, and for as long as it is required. This decision will be made by the Government and/or the University of Leicester to guarantee the safety of students and staff.

Terms run from October to December and from January to March. The full course comprises 60 learning hours. Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week. When enrolling you are committing to the full 20 weeks. There is the option to pay for the full course in one payment or two instalments. You are welcome to join in the second term of a course if you have previous knowledge and experience of the language.

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Entry level

No previous knowledge of German is required. The course is suitable for absolute beginners.

Course content

  • Personal identification
  • Family
  • Hobbies
  • Jobs
  • Towns and cities: describing places and directions
  • Shopping and prices
  • Going out: arranging dates
  • Ordering in restaurants and cafes
  • Telling the time
  • Talking about the weather

Resources

Willkommen German Beginner's Course (3rd Edition) by Paul Coggle & Heiner Schenke.

There isn’t a University bookshop however The European Bookshop website holds our book list and offers a 10% discount to all our students. Languages at Leicester Reading List.

It is not essential to bring a course book to the first class. The tutor will discuss book requirements in class and advise you of the best places to obtain the book if required.

Our approach

This online course is taught in German and English. Our programme aims to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as cultural awareness. It provides a good balance between understanding the culture, vocabulary and grammar structures of the German language and enhancing communication and interaction. It supports comprehensive and productive skills in speech and writing through authentic based activities and guided practice in the use of German language. Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and practise the four skills outside the classroom taking advantage of learning resources provided by tutors and the programme. Lessons are planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

Progression route

Upon completing the Beginners level (1), you can progress onto the Post-Beginners level (2).