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Course Title
Beginning German I


This course is an entry level conversational course and is geared toward those students who have not yet had any instruction in the target language. This is a life saver course for students planning a trip to the target country with an emphasis on real life situations.  There will be an emphasis on grammatical construction.


After completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Communicate on a basic level in the target language
  • Greet people and make introductions
  • Understand currency, size, temperature and measurements
  • Order in a restaurant
  • Deal with accommodations
  • Ask for directions
  • Tell time



A.  Greetings, Introductions and Useful Expressions

  • Subject pronouns
  • Present tense form of verbs
  • Definite articles: der, die, das
  • Gender and third-person pronouns
  • Using adjectives and adverbs
  • Present tense of sein and haben
  • Verbs and vowel changes

B.  Number: Measurements, Currencies, Sizes, and Temperature

  • Rules about basic word order
  • Formation of noun plurals
  • Accusative case
  • Indefinite articles
  • Accusative of personal pronouns
  • Prepositions requiring the accusative case
  • Negation with nicht
  • Function and use of adverbs

C.  Food, Restaurants, and Eating

  • Giving orders in a polite way
  • Function of modals (modal auxiliaries)
  • Möchten means "Would like"
  • Ordinal numbers
  • Asking indirect questions
  • Conjugation of wissen (to know)
  • More about word order
  • Compound nouns

D.  Lodging, Hotels, and Overnight Accommodations

  • Dative case
  • Dative endings for a few masculine nouns in singular
  • Dative endings for plural nouns
  • Dative prepositions
  • Verbs that require the dative case
  • Separable-prefix Verbs
  • Word order of direct and indirect objects
  • Two-say prepositions

E.  Telling Time

  • Regular (weak) verbs
  • Irregular (strong) verbs
  • Separable-Prefix verbs
  • Irregular Verbs using haben as auxiliary
  • Regular verbs using sein as auxiliary
  • Irregular verbs using sein as auxiliary
  • Mixed verbs
  • Genitive case





Method of Instruction

  1. Lecture
  2. “Round table” discussion to motivate students and promote discussion
  3. Role playing
  4. Story telling


  1. Exam:  No
  2. Demonstration of Skills
  3. Class Participation
  4. Class Attendance