UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


German Level 1 plus

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.) This course is not suitable for complete beginners.

Students will be familiar with these grammar and linguistic structures.

Term duration

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. 

Course content

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 

Learning resources


  • 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