This language module is designed for absolute beginners. No previous knowledge of the language is required. Through a variety of methods, students will develop a very basic competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking and an understanding of basic grammar. At the end of this 12 week-module, students will have reached a low A1 proficiency level in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and will be able to carry out very simple everyday tasks in the language. Students will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. They will be able to introduce themselves and others and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have. They will be able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. They will have a basic understanding of significant aspects of life and culture of the country and intercultural skills necessary for their language proficiency level. 


Week 1: Introduction to the module. Introducing yourself.

Week 2: Giving details about people and their jobs.

Week 3: Family.

Week 4: Shopping and furniture. Describing objects and people. Asking for information.

Week 5: The world of work.

Week 6: Free time and hobbies. Times and activities.  

Week 7: Food and drink.

Week 8: Travel and transport.

Week 9: Daily routine and talking about the past.

Week 10: Talking about the past.

Week 11: Festivities. Consolidation and revision.

Week 12: Written and speaking tests will take place this week. Completing the assessment is required for students taking the course as part of their degree. For all other students, taking the tests is also strongly recommended, as a measure of your progress and learning. 

Textbook details:

We will use the following material:

  • Textbook Menschen A1.1 (Kursbuch) by the Hueber publishing house, approx. £12
  • Workbook Menschen A1.1 (Arbeitsbuch), by Hueber as well, approx. £11

(N.B Menschen A1:1 and A1:2 are also available in one coursebook – Menschen A1. If you intend to progress to Level 2 then it will be more cost effective to purchase the Menschen A1 coursebook.)

We recommend our students to buy their textbooks from Blackwell’s on campus. They have a price match policy and you can pre-order over the phone with them and pick the book when you are on campus. 

Study Hours

The total number of study hours for this module is 150 hours, in line with undergraduate university modules. This includes class meetings, assessment preparation and self-directed study in line with guidance from the course lecturer.

If you are studying on the extracurricular mode, we recognise that the total number of hours that you may be able to study every week may depend on your availability and previous experience studying languages, however, expected contribution to classes, homework completion, and learning outcomes will not vary. 

Please note that the ‘last date available to book’ date is only a guide. We reserve the right to close bookings earlier if courses are over- or under-subscribed. In order to avoid disappointment, please be sure enrol as soon as possible. Registrations will not be processed until the following day if received after 3pm. 

Course Lecturer: Anke Bohm

I am a passionate language teacher and learner. I have a joined Master's degree in teaching German as a Foreign Language from the Universität Leipzig, Germany and the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. Over the last 10 years, I have taught German at different levels and in different institutions in Germany, Spain and Switzerland as well as at universities in London, Nottingham, Liverpool and Manchester. For me, speaking a foreign language means discovering new sides of yourself which is why I love supporting learners on this journey to finding new facets of their personalities.

Fees for language courses are £180/£90.

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