Beginner 1 German (Intensive)

Freie Universität Berlin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Beginner 1 German (Intensive)

  • Host University

    Freie Universität Berlin

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany

  • Area of Study

    German, German Culture

  • Language Level


  • Prerequisites

    Please note that this course must be taken in conjunction with one other Intensive German Language course for a total of 7 ECTS credits.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course is designed for the beginner student with no prior knowledge of German. It aims to develop your communicative competences in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The book Netzwerk A1 and additional material, which is primarily dealing with cultural and historical aspects of German(y), will help you develop your individual language skills. One of the foci of the course is placed on Berlin and its surroundings. Therefore, you will work with authentic material in class and on course-related excursions. By the end of this course, you will be able to deal with various everyday situations in a German-speaking environment and to conduct simple conversations. You will have developed reading strategies that allow you to gather specific information from factual texts, newspaper and magazine articles, and short literary texts. In addition, you will learn to write and revise short texts and, by doing so, assemble metalinguistic knowledge. Finally, you will be able to understand discussions on familiar topics.


    Netzwerk A1 („Kursbuch“ and „Arbeitsbuch“) by Stefanie Dengler et al., Klett Stuttgart 2017; authentic/original material


    Greetings – Introducing oneself – hobbies
    In the city – means of transportation – sights – numbers
    In the restaurant – eating/drinking – shopping
    Daily routine – telling time/appointments – work and studies
    Friends, acquaintances – leisure activities – character traits
    Living arrangements – furniture


    personal pronouns (accusative/dative) – possessive articles – sentence structure – nouns and articles – verbs: conjugation, government, prefix – declension of articles und adjectives (nominative/accusative), negation – prepositions with dative/accusative – prepositions of place – prepositions of time – perfect tense – simple past of haben and sein – interrogative “Welch-?” – verbs with dative/accusative

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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