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GERMAN LANGUAGE I


Teaching Staff: Avgeri Aggeliki
Course Code: ΞΓΡ01
Course Type: Compulsory
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: In the classroom
Semester: 1
ECTS: 3

Short Description:

The aim of the module is to introduce the German language to the students and an acquisition of a basic language level. The focus will be given in covering the basics of grammar, and everyday vocabulary using texts of general interest. The educational level is adapted yearly according to the level of students’ pre-existing knowledge of the German language.


Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

The German language modules aim to:

  1. Develop the educational and socio-linguistic skills necessary for achieving constructive communication, by continuous practice of verbal communication, and
  2. Promote the cultural and social elements specific to the German people, recognising differences and being able to give comparitive arguments.

In order to achieve the above, a focus on the developement of specific communication skills, such as: understanding verbal and written language, and ability to produce verbal and written language, will be given.

More specifically, the module German Language I aims to teach basic vocabulary and its correct usage, taking into consideration both the linguist and the contextual, strategical and socio-cultural dimension of the Germal language. Meanwhile, the students are taught and learn the basics in grammar and syntax.

Successfully completing this module, the students will be able to make simple everyday conversation on subjects such as greeting and introducing themselves, asking and giving information about location and time, counting and using numbers in different situations, talking about their interests and personal preferences.

 


Syllabus:

Week #1: German alphabet, basic rules of pronunciation, personal pronouns, verb conjugation in the present tense, nouns in nominative case, greetings.

Week #2: Definite, indefinite, negative and possessive articles in the nominative case, the infinitive, the verb sein, the two ways of forming questions, numbers up to 1000, conversations over the telephone, simple everyday dialogues, presenting people and objects.

Week #3: The verb haben, using the accusative case, personal pronouns and all the types of articles in the accusative case, definite and indefinite pronouns, the two ways of forming negation, objects and furniture around the house, questions and answers around personal opinions. Comprehension of short texts (i.e., fax, e-mail).

Week #4: Sentence structures and possibilities of first position swaps, the modal verbs können, möchte, plural forms of nouns, conjugation of irregular verbs, verbal dialogues / telephone conversations.

Week #5: Practicing verb conjugation, the modal verbs wollen, sollen, müssen, dürfen, conjugation and syntax within the structure of the sentence. Rules of pronunciation and special cases (sp-, st-, -ch-). Comprehension and writing of short texts relevant to presenting people.

Week #6: The verb werden, composition and creation of nouns, separable and inseperable verbs (conjugation and syntax in sentences). Comprehension of longer texts, vocabulary of professions.

Week #7: The dative case (pronouns and articles), use of dative with verbs taking a single or double case. Comprehension of texts.

Week #8: Describing location, prepositions which take the dative, prepositions which take theaccusative, prepositions taking more than one case, Positionsverben. Describing the position of objects in space.

Week #9: Ordinal numbers, dates and years, months, days of the week, prepositions of time with accusative and dative. Comprehension of texts: invitations, street descriptions.

Week #10: All different ways of telling the time, Reading comprehension.

Week #11: Usage of different types of dictionaries, Reading comprehension.

Week #12: Revisions, Reading comprehension.

Week #13: Revisions, Reading comprehension.

 

Note: Take into consideration that each teaching unit introduces usually one or more written or audio texts, applying a flexible approach to the specific learning needs of each classroom.

 


Suggested Bibliography:

Studio d A1, Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Kurs- und Übungsbuch, εκδ. Cornelsen, Magnet A1, Deutsch für junge Lerner, εκδ. Klett, Delfin, zweibändige Ausgabe, Teil 1, εκδ. Hueber, Γερμανική Γραμματική και Συντακτικό, Σπ. Κουκίδης, εκδ. Praxis.


Teaching Methods:

Use of communicative approach and of audio-visual equipment.


Evaluation Methods:

Written and/or verbal exam that include open-ended and close-ended questions.


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