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German Beginners - Stage 1 - Monday evenings


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German Beginners - Stage 1 - Monday evenings

A part-time evening accredited German language course - 20 credit points (SCQF Level 7).

Monday 6-8pm

Course fee: £360

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Course Leader

Maren Dralle
Course Description

So you are interested in learning German, but is this the right course for you?

The answer is YES if you have never learnt the German language but have always been curious about one of our closest neighbour’s country and culture.

The answer is YES if you have briefly encountered German in a different setting but want to have a fresh start in a supportive adult environment that focuses on communication and collaboration.

The answer is still a definite YES if you would like, or are required, to start learning the German language for personal or professional opportunities and would like to make your beginner knowledge official with an A1 or A2 certificate as described in the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR), The CEFR Levels (coe.int).

Put simply, this LFA course has been specifically designed for anyone who wishes to start, or start over, in their language learning journey for personal, professional, or other reasons. The most rewarding part: you may start with little or no prior knowledge, and finish the course with the skills to communicate confidently on a range of important everyday topics, including greetings, small talk, expressing likes and dislikes, ordering food and drinks at a restaurant, etc. You will also be invited to work with authentic German resources, such as listening to real conversations between German native speakers, reading postcards and creating responses to social media posts and interesting texts.

We celebrate diversity in all its forms and encourage learners of all backgrounds and experience to join this course, as the variety of different languages, nationalities and interests of our learner community always improve our groups’ ability to form new connections to the linguistic concepts and culture and allow for different viewpoints during pair and group work. As we meet in person for two hours every week, it is an ideal environment to make new friends and we encourage our learners to use group chats online or via text to help each other along the way.

Whilst basic features of the grammatical system will also be introduced and practised to increase your language awareness and to help you build quickly and logically on the range of topics you can talk about, our class time will have a strong focus on small group discussions, 1-1 conversations and general communication and listening. This will allow you to jump straight into the most fun and arguably useful aspect of learning a new language and to try out what you have learnt. We like to get to know our learners at the very beginning and pay close attention to individual needs, including who prefers confidently leading class discussions and who prefers taking a back-seat until more intimate pair and individual work takes place.

In-between classes, you will be provided with revision and homework materials in order to consolidate your knowledge, build on your vocabulary and to clarify any new concepts. We encourage you to use our e-mail system and online platform, MyDundee, in order to stay in touch with your tutor throughout the  week, ask any questions and provide us with samples of your work for more thorough and individualised feedback.

The course assessment has been designed in such a way that important reading, writing, listening, and verbal skills are only tested after thorough in-class preparation and similar task completion with the support of your group and your tutor, and previous students have reported a great amount of satisfaction when acing those vocab and grammar tests.

We are a passionate language department at the University of Dundee and will regularly offer free opportunities for you to join and take advantage of. This includes our Film Club for a taster of German cinema, our language get-togethers for a coffee and tips for free language resources, such as beginner-friendly TV shows on Netflix, our favourite German songs and playlists on Spotify and which websites you can access for your weekly German news! After enrolling in this course, you will also have full access to our University of Dundee library resources, including grammar and vocabulary textbooks, dictionaries, DVDs, CDs and much more.

On successful completion of Stage 1 (Introductory), there will be the opportunity to progress to Stage 2 (Lower Intermediate) and even further from there, so your language journey is only beginning here!

As this is an accredited course you have the option to take the German Stage 1 continuous assessments representing 200 hours of student effort over two semesters. Upon successful completion you will be awarded 20 credit points at SCQF Level 7. French, German, Italian and Spanish language modules are aligned with The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) benchmark, The CEFR Levels (coe.int). as follows:

Stage 1: A1

Stage 2: A1/some A2 skill areas

Stage 3: A2/some B1 skill areas

Stage 4: B1/some B2 skill areas

Stage 5: B2/some C1 skill areas

Stage 6: C1 

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German Stage 1
26/09/202230/03/20230£360.00[Read More]

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