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Experience the German language through the use of text and media that explore the cultural, social and geographical aspects of German-speaking countries.

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation in the ACT, all CCE community courses scheduled for face to face delivery in term 1 2022 have been moved online for the first 4 weeks ONLY. These courses will return to the classroom in the first week of March 2022.


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ANU CCE short Language courses typically run for 9 weeks, ideal for beginners, seniors, or those looking to continue studies post-graduation. Study online or in-person at the ANU Centre for Continuing Education in Canberra.

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Thu 10 Feb 2022 - Thu 07 Apr 2022

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Face-to-face

7 spots remaining.

This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of German and wish to achieve basic language skills for the purposes of further study, communication, travel or enjoyment. A major objective will be to develop conversation skills; however, reading and writing skills will be developed concurrently. Knowledge of the language and culture will be taught using text and media. The course will focus on the use of German in a diverse range of situations and the cultural, social and geographical aspects of German-speaking countries that interest the students most. Each session will be devoted to certain topics such as everyday life and travel. These topics will be used in teaching language skills.

Course outline

  • Week 1-3: You will be introduced 'Germanisms' used in daily English, rules for noun gender and vowel pronunciation. You will then learn basic greetings, including how to introduce and talk about yourself before moving from the first person to asking and talking about others using the second and third person. There will be discussion around the similarities and differences between German and English with regard to basic sentence structure and asking questions and you will be introduced to verb conjugation and verb tables.
  • Week 4-6: The focus will be on travel, including asking for and providing information and directions and asking questions. You will learn the most complex aspect of German grammar - case (nominative, genitive, dative and accusative).
  • Week 7-9: The focus will be on everyday life in Germany including family, hobbies, and work. You will learn how to define your interests, job and hobbies, as well as how to express an opinion using "I like/dislike" statements. You will be introduced to the two different ways to express, “Yes!”, and will extend your number skills to include dates and times and posing questions about the time/date. By the end of the course, you will be able to select a city of your choice and discuss its features following a given template to your class.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • developed basic conversation, reading and writing skills
  • developed a basic knowledge of the German language and culture

Who should enrol

This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of German and wish to achieve basic language skills for the purposes of further study, communication, travel or enjoyment.

Textbook

The textbook information will be provided once you’ve enrolled. Please purchase your textbook after the course is confirmed to run. 

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Beginning German 2 is for students who have completed Beginning German 1 or similar (approximately 20 hours of study) and wish to further develop their conversation, reading and writing skills. The course will explore the use of German in a diverse range of situations using text and media with the cultural, social and geographical aspects of German-speaking countries being a focal point throughout.

Each session will be devoted to certain topics such as everyday life and travel to develop essential vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, conversation skills.

Course outline

  • Week 1-4: After initial introductions and assessing both the collective knowledge and interests of students, a revisions of conversations skills will begin followed by a look at grammar including gender and cases, verbs and past tense, forming the past participle of (in)separable verbs and perfect tense. Focussing on the topic of a holiday or trip, you will learn and practise using the past tense and preterite past tense. You will then learn how to express your plans and intentions using the days of the week and months of the year.
  • Week 5-8: Grocery shopping and restaurants will be the main focus as you learn to use numbers, money and measurements to order and buy food. You will be introduced to modal verbs, prepositions in the dative/accusative cases, comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and the three different ways to express, "like".

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should have:

  • developed their German conversation, reading and writing skills further
  • have knowledge of the German language and culture

Who should enrol

For those who have completed German 1 or similar (approximately 20 hours of study). This course is suited to those interested in learning a new language for professional, cultural or personal reasons or for maintaining already acquired/existing language skills in the relevant language.  

Textbook

The textbook information will be provided once you’ve enrolled. Please purchase your textbook after the course is confirmed to run.