Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE German A1.1 CEFR

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

DESCRIPTION The units German A1.1 to German B1.2 offer language training from beginners’ German to upper intermediate level (following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). The units are designed as a series of continuing courses providing guidance for beginners with no previous knowledge of German steadily improving language skills. They are based on a communicative approach in class with a focus on applied German, starting from everyday-life situations to covering more broad topics as well as more specialised language use.

Training includes all language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, which are practiced according to the levels achieved.

The units will be based on a textbook (A1 to B1) and additional material will also be provided in class. The units are designed for students of all subjects wishing to improve their career prospects and to broaden the range of their studies by acquiring additional language skills in one of the most important languages in the EU and beyond within many fields and professions.This unit is designed for students with no previous knowledge of German. After this unit, participants will be able to understand and use everyday expressions and basic phrases referring to concrete, everyday-life situations. They will, for example, be able to introduce themselves and others, ask and answer questions about personal details as well as being able to hold basic conversations about a range of topics, having acquired essential skills in speaking and listening. Participants will be able to arrange business and private appointments, buy food as well as organize other activities in German.

Unit Aims:

The unit is designed to provide basic language skills in speaking, listening, writing and reading German in relation to concrete everyday-life situations at beginner level A1.1.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the unit the student will be able to:

- show a very basic understanding of correct German language use (reading, listening, speaking, writing) in everyday-life situations.

2. Skills:
By the end of the unit the student will be able to:

- introduce themselves and others;
- ask and answer questions about personal details;
- organize activities in German (e.g. buying food, arranging business and private appointments, etc.);
- hold very basic conversations about a range of topics.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Sander, Ilse et al.: DaF-kompakt A1 – B1. Deutsch als Fremdsprache für Erwachsene. Übungsbuch mit 2 Audio-CDs. Stuttgart 2011: Ernst Klett.

Additional material is provided in class.


In keeping with the spirit of Degree Plus, there is no formal assessment associated with the unit. A certificate of attendance and of satisfactory completion of the unit will be provided at the end of the semester.

Note: Degree plus units are not designed to be incrementally burdensome in terms of the many academic demands placed on students during their undergraduate years.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Noel Grima (Co-ord.)

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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.