Prerequisite for entry
Basic knowledge of German (successful completion of German syllabus 1 at UCL Centre for Languages & International Education or GCSE a long time ago.)
10 x 2-hour classes.
After 20 hours student may progress to level 2
Aims and objectives
The aim of the course is to enable students to function at a basic everyday survival level (basic vocabulary and grammar). 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 enhanced. Some transferable skills will also be covered.
- Buying consumer goods. Talking about daily routines and work. Travelling around town.
- Talking about recent events. Talking about the more distant past. Describing purchases.
- Saying where people live and what their homes are like. Making comparisons. Discussing the pros and cons of city vs. country life. Describing price and location of hotels.
- Describing items of personal appearance. Discussing appropriate clothes and gifts. Offering help and advice.
- Talking about past holidays. Reporting weather conditions. Discussing health.
- Telephoning. Writing a CV. Talking about German-speaking countries. Expressing opinions on the German language.
Main topics/themes to be covered:
- Consumer goods. Daily routines. Travelling.
- Purchases. Recent events. The past.
- City vs. country. Price and location of hotels.
- Personal appearance, clothes and gifts.
- Past holidays. Weather conditions. Health.
- Telephoning. CV. Life in German-speaking countries.
Basic rules of the pronunciation of spoken German
Grammar and linguistic structures
- Prepositions with accusative and dative, preposition with the dative
- Present perfect tense
- Adjectival endings
- The dative case
- Comparative and superlative
- Direct and indirect objects
- Personal pronouns in the dative
- Prepositions and places
- Modal verbs
- wenn clauses, dass clauses
- Weak nouns
- Course book: Willkommen! Beginner’s course. Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke. 3rd edition. (chapter 7 - 12) ISBN: 978 1473 67265 9
- Activity book: Willkommen! Beginner’s course. Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke. ISBN: 978 1473 672666