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German language course for beginners, i.e. students with no knowledge of German, based on the communicative approach.
This course is an introduction to German language, counting 15 points, 0.1250 EFTS.It is designed for absolute beginners – people with no prior knowledge of German. At the end of the course the students will have German proficiency equivalent to level A1, Common European framework (CEFR).
As a student in this course, you will acquire skills in all four areas of the language-learning curriculum (reading, writing, speaking and listening). By the end of the course, the average student will be able to understand interactions in everyday settings; in addition, they will be able to name common objects of daily life, to express a range of basic wishes, and to use the present and past tenses to narrate simple events. Reading is a component of the course, and by the end of the semester students will be able to read brief texts and understand the fundamentals of German textual structures. Students will also practice writing intensively and will be able to narrate events and communicate basic information about themselves and their environment.By learning a foreign language, students will develop more understanding of global conditions and will become competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts. This will help the language students to develop knowledge and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications. Learning a foreign language addresses the key attributes of the UC Graduate Profile as below.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Tschirner, Erwin P. , Nikolai, Brigitte., Terrell, Tracy D;
Kontakte : a communicative approach
McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2021 (8th edition is also acceptable).
The required textbook for the course is Kontakte. A Communicative Approach in its current edition (currently 8th edition, 9th edition is also acceptable).The UC bookshop stocks this textbook. An e-book version is available through www.amazon.com. The workbook – Arbeitsbuch – and audio CDs will also be used in this course but do not need to bepurchased, photocopies of the workbook will be handed out to the students and audio files madeavailable on the class AKO|LEARN site.
Domestic fee $844.00
International fee $3,950.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences