Language Immersion Course German (DaF) 1 (UE)


Course lecturer:


 Verena Paar-Grünbichler
Course numberM4.05170.10.080
Course codeGerman1
Semester of degree program Semester 1
Mode of delivery Presence- and Telecourse
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 %