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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 skills. Students will acquire a grounding in essential grammar and gain an insight into German-speaking society.


30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS.


One weekly 2 hour session for 21 weeks, delivered face-to-face on campus.

Some independent study will also be set.

NB: teaching will move fully online in case of new health & safety restrictions.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of moodle@Warwick (a virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.


one interim test (term 1)
one speaking test (term 3)

one Reading/Writing test (term 3)



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

Optional Material (students do NOT need to buy these books)
  1. Aktion Grammatik!: New Advanced German Grammar by Trudi McMahon and John Klapper
  2. English Grammar for Students of German: The Study Guide for Those Learning German by Cecile Zorach and Charlotte Melin (Paperback - June 2001)

Course Description

The prime aim of this module is to enable studetns to communicate effectively in a range of predictable everyday tasks. In addition to aquiring essentail listening and speaking skills studetns 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
  • begin to develop strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • gain an insight into everyday life in the relevant countries
  • recognise familiar words and phrases when spoken slowly
  • understand short texts in the target language, dealing with everyday material
  • interact in 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:

Communication skills

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, likes and dislikes, ordering food and drinks, booking a hotel, clothes, weather..


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

The module can count towards the Warwick Award.

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