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)


German Conversation (A1+) is a supplementary beginners course designed to help students develop confidence and skills in using German for communication, as well as develop their oral fluency through various listening and speaking activities. The course content revolves around the everyday lives of people, daily routines, and ‘survival’ in a German-speaking environment. While learning common phrases, participants will gain general conversational strategies. They will practice listening and reading in context and develop oral communication skills by expressing personal information about theirs lives and the lives ofothers.

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


This course aims to equip students with confidence in using language patterns they have learnt in class, and provide them with an opportunity to practice and enhance their speaking skills, in order to increase their 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.


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

  1. Demonstrate a language proficiency, ideally corresponding to Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  2. 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.
  3. Apply what they have learned to answer questions and resolve problems in German within identified questions and/or tasks.
  4. Demonstrate a basic awareness of the German language and cultural conventions and the impact such differences can have on communication and intercultural relations.


Students will learn how to:

  • Make simple enquiries in speaking and writing, and give instructions
  • Build on basic grammar skills and increase their vocabulary
  • Express themselves adequately in familiar, everyday situations
  • Read and understand simple texts
  • Consolidate, practice and extend the grammatical and vocabulary knowledge acquired in their beginners language classes
  • Develop their comprehension skills (listening and reading) to the European level A1

Intended Audience

Suitable for A1 level students, or those who have completed German course 101, 102, 103, 104 and/or 201.

Important: Participants must have completed German 101 beginners or equivalent prior to attending this course.

Delivery Style

This course is delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

Students will learn through a variety of methods including:

  • Group role-plays
  • Small group exercises
  • Handouts, phrase lists, worksheets etc.

Recommended Reading

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


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