German: Introductory

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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.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course, students who work diligently will be able to:

  • recite the letters of the German alphabet
  • know numbers and be able to give their telephone number, postal code, and address
  • use the appropriate greeting
  • recognize and give examples of when to use “you” formal or informal as well as plural and singular
  • 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 core prepositions and separable verbs
  • ask questions with or without a question word and formulate an answer

Format

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.

Dates

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).