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German for Beginners 1

German for Beginners 1

Code: GER8LF001
Extent: 6 ECTS (156 h)
Timing: Semester 1 -6
Language: German and English
Level: Language studies, A1
Type: Optional studies

Prerequisites

No previous studies or knowledge of German required.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • can manage orally in everyday basic situations
  • knows the elementary structures and can write a short and simple text
  • is familiar with the German attitudes and cultural aspects in everyday and working life
  • has reached the language level A1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR
  • has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Course contents

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the basics of the German language and culture. The student will get familiar with the vocabulary of everyday life and his/her close environment. The student will practice the basics in the class.

  • Pronunciation
  • Vocabulary to introduce himself/herself and describe his/her close environment
  • Essentials of the structures of the German language
  • First steps in speaking German
  • Basic writing skills
  • Basic culture elements

Cooperation with the business community

Real business based examples and cases, guest speakers, company visits as appropriate.

International dimension

International and global business approach to course themes and topics, contributions by multinational student groups and company cooperation.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact hours
Listening comprehension and oral exercises
Structural exercises
Role-playing and games
CDs, DVDs, Internet
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning

Not applicable.

Teachers with the main responsibility of the course

Eva Herttuainen
Claudia Jeltsch

Course materials

Willkommen ! German Beginner’s course, Coursebook.Paul Coggle and Heiner Schenke. HODDER Education, 2012 or newer edition (ISBN 987-1-444-16515-9)

Chapter 1-8

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student has limited knowledge about the elementary structures of German. The student is familiar with the most basic vocabulary of everyday life and his/her close environment. The student is familiar with the most basic German attitudes and the cultural aspects in everyday and working life. The student has basic knowledge of the elementary structures of German. The student knows well  the vocabulary of everyday life and his/her close environment. The student is generally familiar with the German attitudes and the cultural aspects in everyday and working life. The student knows the elementary structures of German very well. The student is fully familiar with the vocabulary of everyday life and his/her close environment. The student is fully familiar with the German attitudes and the cultural aspects in everyday and working life.
Skills The student can fairly manage orally in everyday basic situations.The student can fairly write a short and simple text. The student has fairly broadened the international aspect of his/her studies by introducing new ways of thinking. The student can well manage orally in everyday basic situations. Can well produce short and mostly simple texts. The student has generally broadened the international aspect of his/her studies by introducing new ways of thinking. The student can fully manage orally in everyday basic situations. The student can produce short and simple and partly more demanding texts. The student has fully broadened the international aspect of his/her studies by introducing new ways of thinking.
Competence The student has reached the language level A1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. The student can fairly understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases. The student can understandably introduce him/herself and others and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. The student can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks very slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. The student shows poor service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student has reached the language level A1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. The student can well understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases. The student can introduce him/herself and others well and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. The student an generally interact in a simple way provided the other person talks quite slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. The student shows good service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student has reached the language level A1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. The student can very well understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.  The student can introduce him/herself and others very well and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. The student can very well interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. The student shows excellent service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Active participation & assignments 20%
Exams 40% + 40% = 80%

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.