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GM1054: GERMAN FOR BEGINNERS 1 (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This language course provides students with a sound foundation in German (grammar and vocabulary). It enables students to understand the gist of authentic written and spoken German and to speak and write about familiar topics with a degree of accuracy and fluency.

No previous knowledge of German is required, but this course is also for students which took German at school before, on any level lower than Higher or A-level.

With 3 Language Classes and 1 Language Practical per week this course encourages and supports students to develop their personal self-study strategies.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study Yes
  • Ms Sabrina Link

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course provides an intensive introduction to the German language for students with little or no previous knowledge of German, or with qualifications below the entry requirement for GM 1050. It concentrates on the four basic language skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening comprehension. Students attend formal language classes for the introduction of German grammar, and a weekly tutorial in smaller groups, focusing on spoken German. Students are also required to pursue an intensive course of private study and to submit regular written work. The course may be taken alone as a pure language course, or in combination with GM 1049 - Background to German Beginners, and can lead on to a Honours degree in German.

Further Information & Notes

This course may not be taken by students who qualify for German Language 1 (GM 1050).
Prescribed text book: 

Michaela Perlmann-Balme et al., Themen aktuell 1. Kursbuch (Hueber, 2011) 

Michaela Perlmann-Balme et al., Themen aktuell 1. Workbook (Hueber, 2011)

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

  • Two in-class tests (30% each)
  • Homework exercise (40%)
  • 2-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is provided in small-group work and group and individual presentations in the tutorials.


Written and/or verbal feedback is given on all assessments. Additional informal feedback on performance is also given in both grammar classes and oral classes.

Course Learning Outcomes


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