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German 1

Language
German
Target group
Staff
Students
Others
Start level
0
Target level
A1.1
Start courses
September, February, June (semi-intensive)
Language of instruction
German/English/Dutch

Classroom course

This is a traditional classroom course.
The teacher and all students are present in the classroom.

Course description

For the German 1 course no prior knowledge of the German language is required. From the beginning of this course, you will start communicating in German. The topics covered include: greeting, saying goodbye, introducing yourself, talking about your profession and your family, having conversations in a café, telling the time, talking about food and drinks. The necessary grammar is explained and ample attention is paid to vocabulary. All skills are covered: speaking, writing, reading and listening. Attention is also paid to the cultural context of the countries in which the language is spoken.

After completing this course, you will be able to use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases. You can introduce yourself and ask and answer questions about personal details. You can interact in a simple way, provided that the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. 

The course makes use of the digital learning environment BrightSpace. Within this learning environment you will find the homework and additional learning materials. Course participants are expected to prepare the lessons at home. (approximately two hours per lesson)

The course is concluded with a test. A certificate is awarded if the test is completed successfully and the participant has attended 80% of the lessons.

Course material

  • Spektrum Deutsch A1+; Buscha, Anne & Szita, Szilvia. Schubert Verlag, unit 1 - 6.  ISBN 978-3-941323-29-2
  • The book is also available as an e-book.

The textbook Spektrum Deutsch A1+ used in this course consists of 12 chapters and corresponds to a complete level of the CEFR/ERK. The aim of this book is to guide you to level A1. The content is divided into two courses. After the course German 1 you will reach level A1.1 and after following German 2 level A1.2 (A1).

The course material is not included in the course fee. Course participants are required to purchase course materials themselves, well in advance.

Target group and admission requirements

The course is intended for adults with a higher education, including both Leiden University students and staff members and other interested parties with no relation to the University. The course is open to persons aged 17 and older who have completed a secondary school education.

Knowledge of the German language is not required for enrolment in this course. It is a beginners course. A basic knowledge of English (A2) and Roman script is required.

Other information

  • The maximum number of participants for this course is 12.
  • The course load is 56 hours. On request a Course load declaration form can be issued. The student should enquire with their department whether course participation can be converted into credits.
  • The holiday periods can be found in the Academic Language Centre's academic calendar.
  • If classes are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added on to the end of the course. Please take into account courses may end later than scheduled.
  • The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
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