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German language course for beginners, i.e. students with no knowledge of German, based on the communicative approach.
This course is an introduction to German language. It is designed for absolute beginners – people with no prior knowledge of German. At the end of the course the students will have German proficiency equivalent to level A1, Common European framework (CEFR).It is an online course and it is important that you carefully read the course information below. The course material including lesson plans and exercises are accessible for you on LEARN. You will have a weekly online tutorial with your instructor on Zoom or Skype. Please arrange the day and time for this tutorial with me in the week of the semester. I can be contacted with any course related queries and be available for you online every day during the week.Expectations & goals of this courseThe goal of this course is to provide you with a basic knowledge of German language. You will be working on vocabulary, grammar structures and terminology, which will enable you to also get a deeper understanding of your native language.
As a student in this course you will acquire skills in all four areas of the language-learning curriculum (reading, writing, speaking and listening). By the end of the course the average student will be able to understand interactions in everyday settings; in addition he or she will be able to name common objects of daily life, to express a range of basic wishes, and to use the present and past tenses to narrate simple events. Reading is a component of the course, and by the end of the semester students will be able to read brief texts and understand the fundamentals of German textual structures. Students will also practice writing intensively and will be able to narrate events and communicate basic information about themselves and their environment.By learning a foreign language students will develop more understanding of global conditions and will become competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts. This will help the language students to develop knowledge and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Tschirner, Erwin P. , Nikolai, Brigitte., Terrell, Tracy D;;
Kontakte : a communicative approach
McGraw-Hill Higher Education (9th edition is also acceptable).
The UC bookshop stocks this textbook. An e-book version is available through www.amzon.com. The workbook – Arbeitsbuch – and audio CDs will also be used in this course but do not need to be purchased, photocopies of the workbook will be handed out to the students and audio files made available on the class LEARN site.The intranet learning platform for this course is LEARN.Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides:
The full Course Outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
Domestic fee $821.00
International fee $3,750.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences