UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


German Level 1

Prerequisite for entry

For complete beginners or those who have had only very little contact with the language.

Term duration

10 x 2-hour classes.


After 20 hours students may progress to level 1+

Aims and objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students to function at a basic everyday survival level (basic vocabulary, grammar, morphology, syntax and phonetics). Students should be able to communicate in and understand German on a number of practical everyday matters. Language learning skills, including autonomous learning will be introduced. Some transferable skills will also be covered. 


  • Greetings and farewells. Saying who you are. Saying where you come from. Asking others who they are and where they come from. 
  • Saying how you are. Talking about nationality, language and about personal details. 
  • Talking about towns and cities. Speaking and asking about jobs and study. 
  • Talking about leisure pursuits. Stating likes and dislikes. Talking about family relationships. 
  • Asking the way. Ordering food and drinks. Shopping: asking / giving prices. Saying how often you do things. 
  • Booking a hotel room. Telling the time. Talking about daily routines. Making appointments. 

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered: 

  • Nationality 
  • Personal details and occupation 
  • Work and study 
  • Family and leisure time 
  • Shopping, eating and food 
  • Time and appointments 


Basic rules of the pronunciation of German 

Grammar and linguistic structures

  • Alphabet 
  • Numbers 
  • Personal pronouns 
  • Verb endings in the present tense 
  • Verbs with vowel change 
  • Possessive adjectives 
  • Plural of nouns 
  • The accusative case 
  • The imperative 
  • Seperable verbs 
  • Modal verbs: könnenmüssen 
  • Word order 

Learning resources


  • Course book: Willkommen! Beginner’s course. Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke. 3rd edition. (chapter 1 - 6) ISBN: 978 1473 67265 9 
  • Activity book: Willkommen! Beginner’s course. Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke.  ISBN: 978 1473 672666