German: Introductory


Course description

Students do not need any previous knowledge of German to take this course, just a love of the language. This course will help you develop your basic German language skills and build up confidence when communicating in the language. You will also gain a solid foundation of German grammar.


Our online hybrid language courses make language learning flexible and convenient. The use of both synchronous and asynchronous delivery styles allows for both real-time virtual classroom conversation practice (synchronous delivery) and self-paced study (asynchronous delivery). The synchronous delivery style will occur during the scheduled class dates and time, using Zoom for videoconferencing, chat and screen sharing for class instruction and pair/group work. The asynchronous delivery style uses Brightspace, an online environment where learners can access class materials and resources for self-paced study throughout the week. Educational activities can include exercises, readings, forums, audio/video files, quizzes, etc.

Learning objectives

​By the end of this course, if working diligently, students will be able to

  • Recite the letters of the German alphabet
  • Use the appropriate greeting
  • Recognize and give examples of when to use “you” formal or informal as well as plural and singular
  • Know all the numbers; give their telephone number, postal code and address
  • Tell the time using 12 and 24 hour clock
  • Distinguish between masculine, feminine and neutral nouns and know the appropriate definite and indefinite articles
  • Talk about their day
  • Introduce themselves (given names and family name, age, profession as well as talk about friends and family)
  • Use present tense: form sentences using proper sentence structure
  • Conjugate regular and irregular verbs
  • Use modal verbs: conjugating them and keeping a correct word order
  • Use the Imperatives for all 3 forms of “you”
  • Speak about personal preferences using verb “gern”
  • Formulate basic questions or beginning them with a question word
  • Speak about hobbies, sports and activities


Course manual will provided (required)


World Language courses are offered three times per year:

  • September (registration opens in June)
  • January (registration opens in November)
  • April (registration opens in November)

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).