German (beginners I)

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Module code: LG1408 

Number of Aston credits: 10 
Entry requirements: N/A
Language of Delivery: Mainly German

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Duration: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks per module
Teaching Period when Offered: Teaching Period 1

Module Convenor: Elisabeth Wielander

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This module is designed as an introduction to the German language for students with no previous knowledge.

The module content follows the Languages Ladder framework, provides student with the basic structures needed at this level, and ensures progression in language ability and proficiency.

Language purposes and functions

  • Taking part in simple situations (e.g. greeting/responding to greetings; expressing thanks; apologising)
  • Giving simple information
  • Asking simple questions
  • Describing (e.g. colour, size, location, possession, appearance)
  • Giving simple opinions
  • Following/giving simple instructions
  • Expressing ability
  • Using numbers and expressing quantity
  • Expressing time (e.g. clock, days, months)

Educational Aims

The Module will help students to develop strategies for coping with German in real-life situations. At the end of this module students will be entitled to take German for Beginners II.

  • This module will bring beginners up to a standard in which they are able to communicate and understand basic ideas in German and to use basic grammatical structures and vocabulary in meaningful contexts. Students will participate in interactive and communicative activities to develop all four skills (reading, listening, writing, speaking).
  • Students will be able to understand and communicate basic factual information in German both orally and in writing, demonstrate knowledge of the basic grammatical structures of German, understand short examples of spoken German and read short German texts adapted to beginners’ level.
  • Students will gain basic knowledge and understanding of typical cultural features of the German-speaking countries. They will have the ability to write short texts in German, extract key information from spoken and written sources and express opinions about basic topics of daily life.
  • Students will acquire transferable skills such as using relevant reference materials, organising their own learning with guidance from the tutor, planning and managing independent study time efficiently, using different multimedia learning aids to consolidate learning, and working in pairs and groups.


Communication in German will be encouraged from the outset. Classes will be conducted mainly in the target language, enabling students to learn and practise the new grammatical structures and vocabulary covered in each session. In order to develop and consolidate skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, classes will be highly interactive.

The course will consist of two hours per week. In addition, several hours a week should be devoted to German outside the classroom to do work set by the tutor, and practise reading, writing and listening skills.

The module will consist of two contact hours per week.

A minimum of 2 hours a week, in addition to the 2 taught hours, should be devoted to German outside the classroom to complete work set by the tutor, assignments on grammar structures, learn and revise vocabulary and practise reading, writing, and listening skills.

Learning Hours

Seminar- A discussion or classroom session focusing on a particular topic or project - (20%)

Independent Study - might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, revision, etc - (80%) 

Feedback will be given through:

  • Formative feedback throughout the module through informal, verbal  comments on weekly activities.
  • Formative and summative feedback following the oral presentation.

  • Summative written feedback provided as part of the marking process for the exam.

Summative Assessment

  • A 3-min (approx.) individual discussion with the tutor on topics covered in class (no notes allowed) in week 11 - (20%)
  • A 30-min listening test in week 10 - (20%)
  • A 2-hour exam (grammar and vocabulary exercises, reading comprehension, and a written composition) (examination period), No dictionary allowed - (60%)

Students are advised that all marks obtained in tests are subject to moderation and approval by the external examiner.


Carty, T. / Wührer, I. (2011). German 1. Palgrave Foundations. Second edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 0230284744

Indicative Bibliography:

Gschossmann-Hendershot, E. / Feuerle, L. (2014). Schaum’s Outline of German Grammar. NYC: McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0071824707

Reimann, M. (1996). Grundstufen-Grammatik. Ismaning: Hueber, ISBN 3190015759

A list of useful electronic resources is available on Blackboard.

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