German Beginners Stage 1

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 134 Conc £50 Full £260 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Thursday 18:45 - 20:45 10 MAC 26/09/2019 05/12/2019 LG1025

What will the course cover?

• Practical language to enable you to communicate in German-speaking countries • Introduce yourself , give personal details and understand such details given to you • Recognise and use numerals and numbers and use them in situations: café, etc.. • Grammar: alphabet, pronunciation; question words; present/imperfect tense with “sein”, conjugation of basic verbs; articles and genders of nouns

Who is the course for?

Absolute beginners and people who would like a practical grounding in German.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

None but a good command of English is useful, to understand explanations at the beginning of the course in particular.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

•Get to know the alphabet, pronunciation and learn how to spell •Greet people and introduce yourself •Ask people where they’re from, where they live •Order something in a Café , ask for the bill and pay for it •Get to know articles and genders •Recognize and use names of objects and ask where something is •Read small articles and spot one or two details, i.e. name, age, profession •Talk about cities and sights and geographical positions •Tell where you have been and ask somebody else •Talk about other countries, their languages, their sights.

How is the course organised?

•Based on a communicative approach, the target language is used from the beginning •Lots of practical work in all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing •You will be encouraged to speak as much as possible in class •Work in groups and pairs •Regular homework with reading and writing exercises •Use of audio texts and on-line video clips.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

•After every lesson it is expected that new vocabulary, new grammar is revised and homework exercises are done. •For best results, it is good to spend 15 Minutes per day on some kind of language practice: listening to a tape, watch a video, read a little, learn a few words/phrases by heart.

How will my progress be assessed?

Your progress will be assessed throughout the course by the tutor in a variety of ways (tests, role-plays, written homeowrk, class contribution etc.). You will also use an individual learning plan (ILP) to monitor your own progress and set any addtional goals you might want to work on.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

German Beginners Stage 2

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Tutor will advise •Ringbinders •Notebooks •Dictionary

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.