Experiential Beginning German

Freie Universität Berlin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Experiential Beginning German

  • Host University

    Freie Universität Berlin

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany

  • Area of Study

    German, German Culture

  • Language Level

    True Beginning

  • 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 who has no prior knowledge of German and does not major/minor in German. It will enable you to get familiarized with the German language and to deal with everyday situations during your stay in Berlin. You will develop basic communicative competences in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Your foremost goal is to be able to navigate through your daily activities in a German-speaking environment, such as ordering food in a restaurant, shopping at the grocery store/supermarket, getting around in the city, and conducting simple conversations about yourself (your studies, your hobbies, and fields of interest). The textbook Menschen A1 and additional material, which is primarily dealing with everyday situations, 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 courserelated excursions.


    Menschen A1 by Sandra Evans, Angela Pude and Franz Specht, Hueber Berlin 2012


    Introducing oneself/meeting people – family – professions
    Language course – naming things – furniture – shopping
    Leisure activities – suggestions – invitations – telling time
    Travelling – means of transportation – daily routine
    Appointments – making plans In the city – living arrangements – giving directions
    Body and health – at the doctor’s
    Appearance – character traits In the household – following rules/directions
    Clothes and weather

    Structures: Alphabet – simple clauses – w-questions – yes/no-questions – conjugation of verbs in present tense – nouns and articles – negation – compound nouns – past of sein – possessive articles – articles in accusative – adjectives (nominative, accusative) – graduation with zu – questions – prepositions of time – separable verbs – past of haben – prepositions with dative – numbers – modal verbs müssen, können – possessive articles in accusative – prepositions with accusative – modal verbs wollen, sollen – past tense of regular and irregular verbs – expressions of frequency – graduation with viel/gut/gerne – indefinite articles – “Wetterwort” es – imperative – modal verb dürfen – personal pronouns in 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.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations