This course will suit beginners who have no previous knowledge of German.
The aim of the course is to develop your ability to understand and respond to spoken and written German. It will help you to communicate effectively in authentic situations, such as in restaurants and shops. It will help you to ask for information in various contexts, to respond to people and talk about yourself, your family and your home life. The focus of the course is on conversation and you will learn the basics of German grammar so that you can begin to manipulate the language. You will develop the listening skill to understand what people say and gradually be ready to cope with the unexpected. You will be encouraged to build up your own vocabulary lists and to consolidate material covered in class between lessons.
The course book is "Schritte International 1 Neu" (Hueber), ISBN 978-3-19-301082-7.
The latest editions of the Collins Easy Learning German Dictionary and Collins Easy Learning German Grammar are also invaluable resources for learners as you begin your study of German.
This course feeds into Beginners Level 2 and then Beginners Level 3 in the following terms.
Rachel Kennard completed a Modern Languages degree at Leeds University and a PGCE. She taught German and French in a London comprehensive school. Whilst raising a family she worked as an adult education tutor, examiner and moderator for OCR and AQA. Most recently she was a tutor of French to adults locally, delivering courses from beginners to advanced. After a return to teaching course she has worked in a variety of secondary, primary and special needs schools on a supply basis, gaining diverse experience. She has spent several years in Germany studying and working in Leipzig, Munich and Trier.