What is the course about?
The course aims to enable students to communicate with some fluency in a range of everyday situations. This is a fast track course. Therefore homework (2 hours/ week) is essential for this course.
What will we cover?
Based on Willkommen units 1-8 and additional material supplied by the tutor. Greetings and introductions, exchanging personal information, speaking about leisure pursuits and the family, ask for and give directions; order drinks in a café; ask and give prices; booking a hotel room; telling the time; talking about daily routine; making appointments; talking about daily routines,means of transport, talking about the past.
Grammar: present tense, word order, prepositions with accusative/dative, perfect tense with haben and sein, adjectival endings;separable verbs, modal verbs, the accusative.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-use numbers and the alphabet
-greet others, introduce yourself and give personal information (address, age, profession, study, nationality)
-speak about leisure pursuits
-speak about family relationships
-identify places in a town or city and ask for directions
-order food in a cafe and ask/give prices
-state likes and dislikes and say how often you do things
-tell the time and days of the week
-book a hotel room
-make an appointment and arrange to meet
-talk about daily routines
- talk about traveling around town
-start talking about events in the past
-have a basic knowledge of personal pronouns, possessive adjectives, genders and articles, plurals, the accusative, verb endings, irregular verbs, separable verbs and modal verbs (können and müssen).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Stage 1 course - no previous knowledge of German required.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide or at http://bildutrapagaran.info/self-assess-your-level
You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and explanations, as well as read course documents, in English. You will need to be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, using the 24 hour clock, reading timetables). It would also be helpful if you had some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A full-colour 272-page coursebook which is the primary text for the course. Ideal for classroom and home use. ISBN 9781473672659
For extra practice and review linked to the coursebook units. ISBN 9781473672666
Includes the Coursebook, the CD and DVD Set and a Support Book containing a key to the exercises and audio transcripts.ISBN 9781473672673
Please try: Grant and Cutler - http://www.foyles.co.uk/Grant-and-Cutler-at-Foyles (020 7734 2012) and for a 10% discount The European Bookshop - http://www.europeanbookshop.com (020 7734 5259).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
If there is enough demand, we will open a continuation to this course.
If you need some revision, you could join German beginners fast track module 2 (LG021).Please enrol as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details