Language Immersion Course German (DaF) 1 (UE)

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Course numberM4.05170.10.080
Course codeGerman1
Curriculum2021
Semester of degree program Semester 1
Mode of delivery Presence- and Telecourse
SPPW4,0
ECTS credits6,0
Language of instruction English

Upon the successful completion of the Language Immersion Course German (DaF) 1, students will acquire the following competencies regarding the German language:

  • greet others and introduce themselves
  • communicate about classroom-related topics
  • talk about Austrian cities and famous Austrians
  • give personal details about themselves
  • interact with others in short conversations in public spaces (e.g. at the train station)
  • provide telephone numbers and personal data
  • make short phone calls
  • arrange a meeting with someone
  • ask about directions (different places in the city)
  • book a hotel room
  • talk about nationalities
  • write short e-mails
  • talk about living in Austria
  • ask questions about the time and discuss the parts of the day
  • make requests
  • describe objects
  • read announcements
  • talk about professions and describe roles
  • talk about movies
  • order food and drinks at public places
  • talk about their daily routine
  • talk about their family
  • express agreement and disagreement

This is a beginners' course for students with little or no prior German language knowledge (at CEF level A1). The following language topics will be covered in this module:

  • Vocabulary and phrases related to introduction, German in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, travelling, making appointments, daily routine and family
  • Formal and informal language, form and usage
  • Interrogative clauses: "wie", "woher", "wo", "was"
  • Verbs in present tense
  • Personal pronouns
  • Singular and plural nouns
  • Definite and indefinite article
  • Negation with "kein/e"
  • Sentence structures: W-Frage-Sätze, Satzfragen, Aussagesatz
  • Imperfect of "sein"
  • Possessive article in 1st case: "mein"/"dein"/"sein"/"ihr"/"unser"/"euer"/"ihr"/"Ihr"
  • Article in 4th case: "ein/e/n"/"den"/"die"/"das"
  • Adjectives
  • Interrogative clauses "wann" and "von wann bis wann"
  • Prepostions and time of day: "am", "um", "von ... bis"
  • Separable verbs
  • Negation using "nicht"
  • Imperfect tense of "haben"
  • Prepositions with 3rd case: "in", "neben", "unter", "auf", "vor", "hinten", "an", "zwischen", "bei" and "mit"
  • Ordinal numbers

Braun, B., Doubek, M. et al (2016). DaF kompakt neu A1-B1. Stuttgart: Klett Sprachen.
Dreyer, H. & Schmitt, R. (2010). Die Gelbe aktuell: A Practice Grammer of German. München: Hueber Verlag.
Fussy, H. & Steiner, U. (red.) (2012). Österreichisches Wörterbuch. Wien: oebv.
Gottstein-Schramm, B., Kalender, S., & Specht, F. (2017). Schritte Grammatik. München: Hueber Verlag.
Götz, D. (2015). Großwörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache. München/Wien: Langenscheidt.
Jin, F. & Voß, U. (2018). Grammatik aktiv. Berlin: Cornelsen.
Krenn, W. & Pucha, H. (2016). Motive: Kompaktkurs DaF. München. Hueber Verlag.

  • Lecture and presentation
  • Group and pair work
  • Role plays
  • Learning games
  • Individual exercises
  • Blended learning
  • Homework

Integrated module exam (immanent examination character):

  • Class participation 20%
  • Class preparation/homework 20%
  • Final examination (exam includes reading and listening comprehension, speaking and writing) 60 %