Centre for Continuing Education

German Grammar Course

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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.


B1/C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Aims

This course aims to provide an in-depth overview of important grammatical structures of the German language. By systematically reviewing and consolidating the subject matter, participants will close any potential gaps in their grammar knowledge and build strong theoretical foundations for future study.

This course will also help participants become more competent and confident language users. They will gain a thorough knowledge of important grammatical terminology throughout the course, enabling them to not only to talk about German grammar but to also facilitate autonomous self-study in the future.

Outcomes

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

  • use the basic terminology used to describe the grammar of both German and English
  • develop a sound understanding of German morphology, i.e. the main grammatical features of different word classes (nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions etc.)
  • develop an understanding of German syntax, i.e. how words and phrases are used to form sentences (main clauses, coordinate clauses and subordinate clauses)
  • 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

Handouts are provided electronically.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

German Grammar Course

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