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Beginning German 1

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

For absolute beginners. This course runs for 4 weeks with two classes of 2.5 hours each per week. You will be introduced to the German language. While learning the basics of German pronunciation and grammar, you will work on topics which are particularly relevant to a tourist in Germany, such as exchanging personal information, eating and drinking, visiting restaurants, shopping, directions, asking the time. The pace of the class should suit all abilities, enabling you to familiarise yourself with the German language. On successful completion of this course you may continue with the summer course Beginning German 2, or with German 1.2 starting in September.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge required.

Content of Course

  • greetings
  • introducing yourself, exchanging personal information, simple questions and answers
  • countries, nationalities and languages
  • alphabet, numbers, expressing the time
  • professions and work
  • daily routine and spare time activities
  • shopping, prices, weights and measures
  • eating and drinking, in the restaurant
  • conjugation of the verb
  • Word order and sentence structure for questions and answers – pronouns and verb endings in the present tense
  • Articles and personal pronouns in the nominative and accusative case
  • adjectives

Teaching method(s)

The emphasis in this course is on speaking and listening. The lessons will focus on language that is required for communicating in real situations.

The lessons will include whole class activities and pair or small group work, role-play, watching videos and listening to CDs. Grammar is introduced in context. Extensive written exercises and reading texts are set as homework where appropriate.

In order to fully benefit from the course and to achieve the learning outcomes, you will need to devote some time outwith classes to revision and homework.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type;
  • 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;
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


Core Readings

Course materials will be provided.

There is no need to purchase a book. However, if you wish to buy a book for reference we recommend:

Berliner Platz 1 NEU, Langenscheidt, ISBN 978-3-468-47201-5 (textbook and workbook in one volume with audio-CDs included).

Web Sources

Where appropriate web sources will be provided by tutor.

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided during the course.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.