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Course Title
Beginning German I


This entry level course is geared toward those students who have not yet had any instruction in German. This is a lifesaver course for students planning a trip to a German speaking 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