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A beginner’s introduction to German language and culture

Module details

  • Offered to 1st & 2nd Years
  • Monday or Tuesday 16.00-18.00 (depending on year of study)
  • Planned delivery: On campus (South Kensington)
  • 2 term module worth 7.5 ECTS
  • Not available as part of I-Explore
  • Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows
Degree credit module options by departmentHow to enrol

A communicative module for absolute beginners offering an introduction to the language and culture of the German-speaking countries.

This module aims to:

  • Give students with no previous knowledge of German an introduction to the everyday language spoken in Germany and Austria including a fairly wide range of vocabulary and basic structures
  • Develop all the fundamental language skills, i.e. reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Offer students insight into culture and daily life in the German-speaking countries

By the end of the module, students should have reached approximately the A1+ level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

To be eligible for this module you need to have no previous experience in learning German. 

Please note: This module is currently undergoing minor modifications and is therefore subject to change. 

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Learning outcomes

  Reichstag Berlin This module will equip you with the ability to:

  • Greet people and introduce yourself
  • Make a telephone call
  • Deal with numbers
  • Give information on and enquire about professions
  • Order and pay in a restaurant; buy food
  • Request permission; ask for information; make an appointment
  • Agree and disagree; list advantages and disadvantages
  • Describe the home; discuss equipment and repairs
  • Distinguish between formal and informal registers in the language
  • Visit the doctor; give, pass on and reject advice; urge someone to do something; understand orders
  • Speak/write of a past occurrence
  • Give information about events and activities; pass on information; ascertain something; give directions
  • Give instructions at work
  • Write a short simple text such as a postcard or an email
  • Write a CV; apply for a job
  • Identify some of the social and cultural characteristics of the German-speaking countries

Indicative core content

Black Forrest Basic linguistic structures to include:

  • present tense
  • imperative
  • personal pronouns
  • articles
  • negatives
  • possessive adjectives
  • declension of nouns and pronouns
  • modal verbs
  • separable verbs
  • perfect tense
  • imperfect of haben/sein; word order
  • prepositions, conjunctions


  • making contact
  • directions and travel, opinions, work, training and professions
  • eating and drinking
  • holidays and leisure time
  • the home
  • sickness and health
  • family and relationships
  • giving and understanding information
  • features of modern life, including social and behavioural norms
  • selected cultural areas and personalities of the German-speaking countries

Learning and teaching approach

Weekly in-class activities cover reading, writing, listening and speaking. Learning will involve pair work, group work, and individual tasks and will include critical evaluation of texts, audio and video material. A range of weekly homework tasks give you the opportunity to revise and consolidate knowledge and skills.

All pieces of coursework are marked and returned within two weeks. Detailed feedback is provided for each individual section of the coursework, giving the correct answer along with suggestions for improvement.  Generic feedback on each individual piece of coursework is also provided in class.


  • Coursework: Reading Comprehension and integrated grammar (20%)
  • Examination: 1-hour Written Exam - grammar, reading and 80 word guided writing piece (20%)
  • Coursework: Listening and Comprehension (20%) 
  • Examination: 1-hour Written Exam - grammar and 120 word free writing piece (20%)
  • Practical: 10-12 minute Oral Exam - presentation and unprepared dialogue (20%)

Key information

  • 7.5 ECTS points awarded on successful completion of the module.
  • Available to take for credit towards your degree where your department allows. Also available for extra-credit.
  • You must be prepared to attend all classes and and undertake approximately 3 hours of private study each week in addition to the assessment.

Module materials:
DaF kompakt neu A1
Birgit Braun, Margit Doubek et al.
Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit MP3-CD 
168 Seiten