Centre for Continuing Education

German Grammar Course

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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.

Aims

This course aims to provide an in-depth overview of important grammatical structures of the German language (A1-B1). By systematically reviewing and consolidating the subject matter, students will close any potential gaps in their grammar knowledge and build strong theoretical foundations for future study. This course will help students become more competent and confident language users. Students will also gain a thorough knowledge of important grammatical terminology throughout the course, which will enable them not only to talk about German grammar but to also facilitate autonomous self-study in the future.

Outcomes

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

  1. Use the basic terminology used to describe the grammar of both German and English.
  2. Develop a sound understanding of German morphology, i.e. the main grammatical features of different word classes (nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions etc.).
  3. Develop an understanding of German syntax, i.e. how words and phrases are used to form sentences (main clauses, coordinate clauses and subordinate clauses).
  4. Use skills to apply the theoretical grammar knowledge into practice.

Content

Morphology

  • Nouns: gender, number, case
  • Articles: definite, indefinite, negative, possessive
  • Verbs: tenses (present, perfect, imperfect, past perfect, future), special verbs (separable, inseparable, reflexive, modals), mood (imperative, subjunctive II), passive voice, verbs taking indirect objects, verbs taking indirect + direct objects, verbs taking prepositional objects
  • Adverbs: positive, comparative, superlative
  • Adjectives: predicative and attributive (inflection), comparative and superlative forms
  • Pronouns: personal (nominative, accusative, dative), reflexive, indefinite, interrogative, relative
  • Prepositions: with accusative, with dative, with accusative/dative, wo® and da® compounds

Syntax

  • Parts of the sentence: subjects, direct objects, indirect objects, prepositional objects
  • Word order: main clauses, subordinate clauses, questions, commands
  • Coordinating conjunctions: und, aber, oder, denn, sondern etc
  • Subordinating conjunctions: weil, dass, wenn, als etc
  • Other subordinate clauses: indirect questions, relative clauses (accusative, dative, prepositional), infinitive clauses
  • Word order for specific phrases: position of nicht in a clause, position of adverbs and adverbial phrases

Intended Audience

This course is aimed at intermediate to advanced learners of German (B1-C1) who would like to review important basic grammatical structures that they have previously acquired, so they have a strong foundation of German grammar which will facilitate their language learning.

Delivery Style

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

Recommended Reading

Extensive 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
$390 Limited inc GST
German Grammar Course

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