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.
This course enables the student to achieve a level A1/A2 of the Common European Framework (CEF).
This course is the first one in a series of three language acquisition courses within the International Studies programme. 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
Three two hour tutorials every week
Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or a tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.
- Total course load: 280 hours
• Attending classes: 72 hours (6 hrs per week over 12 weeks)
• Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 208 hours
- Learning aim: Listening-understanding
Assessment: Listening comprehension exam
• Learning aim: Speaking – production and interaction
Assessment: Oral presentation + discussion
• Learning aim: Reading –understanding
Assessment: Reading comprehension
• Learning aim: Writing –understanding and production
Assessment: Processing of information and compositions
In class participation, homework assignments and weekly tests: 20%
The resit will be a written exam of two hours, and will test if the students have reached the end level of this semester. This exam consists of the following components:
• Reading and writing;
• Written dialogue;
• Vocabulary and grammar.
To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following:
the final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average
Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.
- Begegnungen Deutsch als Fremdsprache A1, Integriertes Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch (+CD), by Anne Buscha und Szilvia Szita, Schubert Verlag, ISBN 13: 978-3-929526-86-8
• Begegnungen Deutsch als Fremdsprache A2, Integriertes Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch (+CD), by Anne Buscha und Szilvia Szita, Schubert Verlag, ISBN 13: 978-3-929526-89-9
To support student’s selfstudy two more books can be recommended:
1. A glossary in English, French and Spanish:
Begegnungen Deutsch als Fremdsprache A1, Glossar Englisch, Französisch, Spanisch, Schubert Verlag Leipzig, 2007. ISBN13: 978-3-929526-88-2.
2. A grammar book with explanations and excercises:
A-Grammatik, Übungsgrammatik Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Sprachniveau A1/A2 (+CD), by Anne Buscha und Szilvia Szita, Schubert Verlag, Leipzig, 2010.
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
E.L. Groot MA, email “email@example.com”;mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.