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German 1 Beginners


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.


In this course you learn how to handle successfully a variety of basic social situations you may encounter in daily life in Germany. You learn to maintain non-complicated face-to-face conversations, and to perform such tasks as introducing yourself, asking directions, understanding a TV program or writing an e-mail. These basics are acquired by using the textbook and through a wide range of real-life situations, performed either individually or in groups. Grammar, cultural topics, current issues and pronunciation are main concerns, too.

Course objectives

This course enables the student to achieve a good level A1/A2 of the Common European Frame (CEF).
This course is the first course in a series of three language acquisition courses with in the International Studies program. The final objective of this course series is to obtain an intermediate level of proficiency in German, aimed at communication with people in the region in everyday social situations and enabling students to follow current affairs in the region via various media.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction


Course Load

  • Total course load for the course = 280 hours.

  • Attending classes = 72 hrs (6 hrs per week over 12 weeks)

  • Preparing classes (reading, listening and homework = 148-

  • Preparation for in class oral assignments and dictation = 30hrs

  • Preparation for exams = 30 hrs

  • Extra activities = 30hrs

Assessment method

Written and/or oral language tests.


Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrollment in uSis
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Begegnungen, A1+, Schubert-Verlag.
ISBN-13: 978-3-929526-86-8


Enrollement through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

The student administration will register all first year students for the first semester courses in uSis, the registration system of Leiden University.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.