Centre for Continuing Education

German Conversation Course for Beginners

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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)

Aims

German Conversation (A1+) is a supplementary beginners course designed to help you develop confidence and skills in using German for communication, as well as develop your oral fluency through various listening and speaking activities.

Course content revolves around the everyday lives of people, daily routines, and ‘survival’ in a German-speaking environment. While learning common phrases, you will gain general conversational strategies. You will practice listening and reading in context and develop oral communication skills by expressing personal information about your lives and the lives of others.

The focus of these sessions is mainly on fluency and communication, while correctness of language will be secondary.

Aims

This course aims to equip you with confidence in using language patterns you have learnt in class, and provide you with an opportunity to practice and enhance your speaking skills in order to increase your understanding and fluency when using everyday German phrases. It will complement existing German A1 language courses (level’s 101 to 201) where students have only a limited opportunity to practice their speaking skills.

Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate a language proficiency, ideally corresponding to Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of conventions governing the use of German and an ability to use them to communicate in German in a range of familiar everyday situations
  • apply what you have learnt in order to answer questions and resolve problems in German within identified questions and/or tasks
  • demonstrate a basic awareness of the German language and cultural conventions and the impact such differences can have on communication and intercultural relations.

Content

You will learn how to:

  • make simple enquiries in speaking and writing and give instructions
  • build on basic grammar skills and increase your vocabulary
  • express themselves adequately in familiar, everyday situations
  • read and understand simple texts
  • consolidate, practice and extend the grammatical and vocabulary knowledge acquired in your beginners language classes
  • develop your comprehension skills (listening and reading) to the European level A1.

Intended Audience

Students of A1German classes. The course is adjusted to the specific and individual language skills of the people attending.

Prerequisites

German Course 101: Level 1 (Beginners) or equivalent prior to attending.

Delivery Style

Delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

You will learn through a variety of methods including:

  • group role-plays
  • group exercises
  • handouts, phrase lists, worksheets etc.

Materials

There is no prescribed text for this course. Course handouts will be provided in class.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion