Centre for Continuing Education

German Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

German. Learn German with us.

If you want to learn to speak German, our German classes are ideal for adult learners to enjoy a practical and social experience while you learn German language and culture. Learn German the smart way with German courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)


Ideal for preparing for travel or work commitments, you will learn the basics of the language, such as basic greetings and numbering. Grammatical elements are also introduced as you start to learn basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. No prior knowledge of the language is required.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Introduce themselves personally and professionally, and ask about the names and professions of others.
  2. Count to 1,000,000.
  3. Spell in German.
  4. Form simple questions and answers using interrogatives, verb conjugations and nouns with articles.
  5. Engage in simple conversations.
  6. Have a simple grasp of grammatical structure.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Greetings (welcome and farewell)
  • The German alphabet
  • Pronunciation of letters – in particular the Umlauts ä, ö, ü
  • Introducing yourself and others
  • Vocabulary for word fields such as family, work, languages, colours, country names
  • Numbers from 1 – 1,000,000
  • Constructing questions by using interrogatives
  • Introduction to regular verb and basic irregular verb conjugations
  • Articles – definite, indefinite, possessive and negative
  • Nouns – singular and plural
  • Introduction to grammatical cases (declension)

Intended Audience

Suitable for beginner A1 level students. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Delivery Style

This course is delivered as a series of interactive sessions where active participation is encouraged. Each session is conducted in a friendly and relaxed classroom environment.

Prescribed Text

MENSCHEN A1 Coursebook with DVD-Rom by Evans et al. (Max Hueber Verlag), ISBN 9783191019013

MENSCHEN A1 Workbook with 2 Audio CDs by Glas-Peters et al. (Max Hueber Verlag), ISBN 9783191119010

Based on Units 1-5 of the prescribed text. The text is used for activities and forms the basis for consolidation and practice.

Optional Text

MENSCHEN A1 Vocabulary/Glossary by Ozorowska and Schwingshackl (Max Hueber Verlag), ISBN 9783190519019

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to 5 days prior to commencement.

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Please Note

Selected Language and Culture courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

What others say.

  • The course was brilliant, the tutor was fantastic, very encouraging and helpful. 10/10. I’d do another course through CCE.

  • I’ve very much enjoyed this experience. And felt very comfortable. It has been wonderful!

  • We had a wonderful teacher and we learned a great deal in a very short time!

  • Well structured course with an engaged and highly competent course leader. An excellent introduction to the German language for a complete novice.

  • Our tutor really made it a great learning experience. The enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject area and the way we were all involved made each lesson fun. We really gelled as a group. I will definitely be coming back and hope to have the same tutor again.

  • We had an amazing tutor, very lovely and patient and always made sure everyone could keep up. One of the best teachers I’ve ever had.

  • Fantastic course! Starting from the very beginning with lots of class interaction! Highly recommended!

  • Great teachers and the course was great fun. Can’t wait for German 102!

  • We had a brilliant teacher. The best language teacher I have ever had.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the course and looked forward to my lessons every week. The tutor is an extremely competent and personable language teacher and I gained much from my learning experience. I look forward to continuing my German language tuition.

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This is a ‘fast track’ option in which learning is accelerated with meetings twice weekly over four weeks.

What others say.

  • Extremely patient teacher. Perfect for beginners.
  • The course was brilliant, the tutor was fantastic, very encouraging and helpful. 10/10. I'd do another course through CCE.
  • The tutor was absolutely amazing: engaging, friendly and knowledgeable. They were always well prepared and could relate each lesson to everyone's personal situation.