German: Level One (Fast Track)

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Mrs Martina Rohr


No previous knowledge of German required, but students should: demonstrate commitment to regular attendance, completion of homework and all assessments; dedicate at least two hours per week for coursework in addition to classes. Students are expected to be experienced language learners with a basic knowledge of English/German grammar terms.

Course content

Course Aim:

  • To develop the ability to use German effectively for purposes of practical communication at a basic level in familiar domestic, work and social contexts.
  • To establish the skills, language and attitudes required to promote and facilitate further study of German. To acquire basic literacy.
  • To master the pronunciation of German sounds.
  • To have basic knowledge of grammatical gender, word-formation, word-order in the sentence.
  • To deal with a range of predictable simple language tasks using a limited range of language to meet the needs of differing but familiar situations and topics.
  • To familiarise students with the background to German speaking countries, including culture and civil societies.
  • To bring students to level A1/A2 CEFR.

Communicative Content:

  • Asking for and giving personal information, directions and opinions.
  • Describing people, objects, feelings and places.
  • Talking about likes and dislikes, expressing preferences and making comparisons.
  • Talking about actions.
  • Expressing intentions, ignorance and proposing alternatives.
  • Expressing frequency.
  • Talking about past events and experiences.
  • Talking about habitual actions in the past.
  • Talking about festive events, invitations, plans.
  • Asking for and giving advice.

Structural Content: Introducing the basics of German grammar in the following areas:

  • Grammatical gender and plural of nouns.
  • Present tense of regular, modal and some irregular/strong verbs.
  • Direct and indirect objects; complements.
  • Possessive pronouns.
  • Prepositions taking the dative and/or accusative case.
  • Present perfect of regular and irregular/strong verbs.
  • Frequency adverbs; numbers.
  • Combining of Perfect and Präteritum.
  • Expressions of time.
  • All three forms of the imperative.
  • Introduction to subordinate clauses.


16 hours of classes in the MT. 22 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

This is a 40 hour-course. Please refer to the LSE timetable for course teaching arrangements.

Indicative reading

  • DaF kompakt A1, Kursbuch and Arbeitsbuch & 2 CDs (Ernst Klett Publishers) 2011, ISBN: 978-3-12-676186-4.
  • DaF kompakt A1, Intensivtrainer (Ernst Klett Publishers) 2011, ISBN: 978-3-12-676183-3



Continuous assessment (50%) in the MT and LT.
Oral examination (30%) and in class assessment (20%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2015/16: 31

Average class size 2015/16: 15

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