Languages at Leicester

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 starting January 2024

  • Course: Wednesdays 6.00pm - 8.00pm
    Delivery: On-campus (face-to-face)
    Timeline: Starts 24 January - Ends 3 July 2024
    Lengths: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £250 (payable in two termly instalments of £125 each) 

Course started in October 2023

  • Course: Tuesdays 5.00pm - 7.00pm
    Delivery: On-campus (face-to-face)
    Timeline: Resumes 23 January - Ends 26 March 2024
    Lengths: 10 weeks (20 learning hours)
    Fees: £125 

These courses require a minimum of 8 and it can have up to a maximum of 20 students. The course fee includes all tuition, access to Blackboard, handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook. 

Term 1 ran from October to December, Term 2 runs from January to March and Term 3 will run from April to July. A 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.

Alternatively, you can join a Fast Track Beginners course

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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


Willkommen German Beginner's Course (3rd Edition) by Paul Coggle and 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).

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