Centre for Continuing Education

German Conversation Course: Beginners

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Please note

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


  • Expert trainer
  • Small class size (~20 max)
  • Central location

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

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