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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This is an intensive, beginner-level German language module. Students are introduced to a range of basic linguistic features. Language skills (production, comprehension, interaction skills) are developed in an integrated way, mainly in the context of everyday situations. Topics include: greetings, family, professions and leisure. Some cultural aspects of German-speaking countries are also introduced. Students are guided in the development of a range of language learning strategies and in independent learning.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand short simple texts (including audio-clips) containing high-frequency vocabulary.
2. Write short, simple texts, e.g. basic descriptions of familiar items and situations; responses to basic questions.
3. Communicate orally on topics relating to everyday life using basic descriptions and simple questions/ responses.
4. Demonstrate control of some basic grammatical structures (e.g. verb conjugation, word order in main clauses, articles) and vocabulary relating to specific everyday topics.
5. Understand simple instructions in the language learning context.
6. Identify some social and cultural similarities and differences between Ireland and German-speaking countries.
7. Source information in the target language, using a variety of online and offline media and contacts.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars40Scheduled language classes. Students are expected to attend these classes and to participate in classroom discussions and activities.
Directed learning50Preparation for classes. Completion of assigned homework.
Independent Study120Ongoing revision of course content, language practice and consolidation of learning over the course of the semester. Study using course books, online language learning resources and target language media. Interaction with other language learners/ speakers of German and involvement in language learning activities outside of class time. Planning. Reflection. Engagement with feedback. Consultation with lecturer(s) when needed.
Assignment Completion40Preparation for CAs. Completion of CAs.
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

German Language skills (Beginner)
Topics include family, work, leisure and 'Landeskunde'.

The materials used in this module are mostly at A1 level.

Digital skills
Students will be familiarised with some online reference and practice tools.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • 1. Evans, S. et al.: 0, Menschen A1 Kursbuch, latest edition, Hueber Verlag,
  • 2. Glas-Peters, S. et al.: 0, Menschen A1 Arbeitsbuch, latest edition, Hueber Verlag,
  • 0: 3. Menschen A1.1 Glossary Deutsch-Englisch/ German-English, latest edition, Hueber Verlag,
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