German I, II III & IV

Co-ordinator: Elisabeth Mok
Elisabeth Mok

Course Description

German I targets elementary-level learners. The aim is to introduce learners with no previous knowledge of German to the German language and German culture through practical use of the language, with a particular emphasis on oral communication.

German II and German III target elementary-level non-beginner learners. As with German I, emphasis will be on oral communication but writing will be introduced through a range of exercises (texts to be completed, short letters, reports etc.).

German IV targets elementary-level learners who are on a clear path progressing to intermediate-level, and concentrates on the application and proper usage of what they have learnt from their previous three courses. It also prepares them to attempt their first German language public examination such as the Zertifikat / Start Deutsch A1.




Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of these courses, students will be able to

  • gain an introductory insight into German language and culture;
  • develop a sense of confidence when dealing with German-speaking people and German-language materials in their daily lives;
  • understand, make, and respond appropriately to, everyday conversational enquiries;
  • acquire sufficiently accurate pronunciation and intonation of German to be understood by native speakers of the language;
  • understand and produce short texts relating to people’s lives and interests.
  • plan for and make a trip to a German-speaking country


Courses are usually held in the Fall and Spring semesters, and Winter and Summer sessions.
Enrolment details can be found here.
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Learners’ progress is assessed through continuous assessment, which includes in-class written and oral tests

Course Materials

Evans, S., Pude, A., Specht, F. Menschen A1: Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Ismaning: Max Hueber Verlag, 2012. Available at the University bookshop.

Supplementary Resources