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German 1 (LL117)



These modules are offered to students with no previous knowledge of German.

Please note, final year students are not normally permitted to take non-accelerated beginners modules.

Main Objectives:

To provide a general foundation in the language, extending across the four main skill areas; listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will acquire a grounding in essential grammar and gain an insight into German-speaking society. This course covers the language level A1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).


30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching and Learning:

One weekly session for 21 weeks, organised as:

  • Two-hour face-to-face class on campus
  • Some independent study will also be set

If health & safety restrictions are required, teaching may move online.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore for a 30-credit module, the minimum expected amount of study is 300 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Moodle to facilitate this.


Term 1 : one interim test (10%)

Term 3 : one reading/writing test (50%) + one speaking test (40%)


Charlotte Annighoefer

Course Texts (must be bought by student)

Menschen A1 Kursbuch (dreibändige Ausgabe), Sandra Evans et al, ISBN: 978-3192119019

Menschen A1 Arbeitsbuch (dreibändige Ausgabe), Sabine Glas-Peters et al, ISBN: 978-3-19-111901-0

Course Description

The prime aim of this module is to enable students to communicate effectively in a range of predictable everyday situations. In addition to acquiring essential listening and speaking skills students will also develop and practise basic reading and writing techniques.

Successful completion of German 1 qualifies students to progress to German 2.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • gain an insight into everyday life in the relevant countries
  • recognise familiar words and phrases when spoken slowly and begin to develop listening strategies
  • understand short texts in the target language, dealing with everyday material
  • interact in a simple way, and ask and answer questions on familiar topics
  • write short simple texts, including personal details

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1 Basic user (breakthrough) of the Common European Framework.


The syllabus will include the following:


This module will cover items such as: greetings, introductions, asking for and giving personal information, asking for and giving directions, describing people and places, daily routine, jobs, free time activities, likes and dislikes, ordering food and drinks, transportation, clothes, weather, talking about illness, talking about plans and wishes for the future.


This module will provide an introduction to fundamental features of German and essential basic structures, making it possible to function in a range of everyday situations using the present and past tense.

Subject-specific and transferable skills
  • Written and spoken communication
  • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Intercultural Awareness, Professionalism, Digital Literacy, Teamwork, Problem-solving

The module can count towards the Warwick Award.

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