What you will study
Almost 100 million people speak German as their main language. Most of them live in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, making German one of the most widely used languages in Europe. Now associated with economic success, science and technology, German also has a long-standing reputation as a language of poets and thinkers.
This short course offers you an excellent introduction to the German language. You’ll learn the essentials of reading, writing, speaking and listening in German. You’ll also develop key skills that will enhance your future study of the language.
As you study over 16 weeks you’ll learn to:
- introduce yourself and to give your address
- say your nationality and which languages you speak
- say and understand German numbers
- join basic conversations
- use important German verbs such as ‘to come’, ‘to go’, ‘to buy’ and ‘to speak
- use the plural of nouns
- use pronouns that help you to express to whom something belongs
- ask for and give information about other people
- make use of your new language skills when travelling
- understand and make bookings
- understand messages left by speakers of German and leave messages yourself
- have informal conversations
- know about strategies to memorise and use German vocabulary and grammar
- understand and use the pronunciation of German names and place names.
You will also have many opportunities to develop your intercultural understanding through engaging with learning materials which reflect German-speaking countries and their people, and by learning about places and sightseeing in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Delivered through user-friendly, ‘bite-sized’ blocks, each week you’ll discover useful words and set phrases. Audio material, featuring recordings by native speakers of German, and a wide variety of speaking activities will aid your pronunciation. Throughout the course, you’ll build up your own German phrase book covering a variety of topics and typical situations. Along with completing the weekly activities and quizzes to strengthen your learning, you’ll gain a solid foundation of basic German to move onto the next level, Beginners German 2: mit vergnügen! (LXG002).
Viel Erfolg und bis bald!
Please note that although this course is non-accredited, it can be used towards the module Making your learning count (YXM130) to gain OU credits.
You will learn
After completing this course you should be able to:
- communicate with speakers of German in a range of predictable and simple contexts relating to everyday life
- know and use the principles of German pronunciation
- understand and use the special German characters (such as the ‘Umlaut') and be able to word-process or hand-write them
- better understand the cultural differences and customs between German-speaking cultures and your own.
The course is designed to help you achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level A1 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).
You will have access to discussion forums that you are strongly encouraged to participate in as these forums combine support from fellow students with input from a language-specialist learning adviser. Other support is available via the StudentHome website and Computing Helpdesk.
You'll study 3–4 hours per week, for 16 weeks. In total this course will require around 64 hours to complete.