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Gu CAMPUS

German Language
Course Objective:

This course focuses on basic linguistic and communicative structures of the German language. Students will be introduced to various aspects of German culture and learn to communicate in simple everyday situations and personal interaction. The module will adopt an integrated approach to language learning and will emphasize equally all four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as the acquisition of grammar structures and vocabulary. Audio and video materials will also be used to supplement the textbook and to provide students with a better insight into Germany, its culture and the life of its people. The module will also attempt to help students optimize their learning by teaching them vital strategies for language learning and language use. This should, in turn, allow students to develop greater learner autonomy.

Topics & Vocabulary:
  • Introductions – greetings, saying how you are, where you come from, where you live, what you do, telephone number, marital status, children, etc.
  • Professions
  • Alphabet and numbers
  • Family and Friends
  • Prices and shopping
  • Asking about things and describing things – likes and dislikes
  • Telephoning, emails and texting
  • Confirming and cancelling an appointment
  • Times of the day
  • Talking about abilities
  • Asking for permission
  • Making arrangements
  • Hobbies and leisure time activities – likes and dislikes
Grammar:
  • Basic questions statements and negatives– including questions with question words and yes/no questions
  • Verb endings (conjugation) of regular and some irregular verbs in the present tense
  • You – formal and informal
  • Basic word order – statements, questions
  • Gender and indefinite/ definite articles / possessive articles / negation
  • Pronouns (Nominative)
  • Numbers/ Alphabet
  • Singular and plural
  • Separable verbs
  • Sentence structure with separable verbs or modal verbs
  • Modal verb
  • Accusative case
  • Core prepositions
Cultural Content:
  • You – formal and informal
  • Usage of titles (Herr and Frau)
  • Life in France
Skills Work:
  • Lots of speaking – situational exercises & interaction
  • Basic pronunciation rules
  • Plenty of listening activities
  • Writing practice, e.g. emails, texts
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