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German 101: A1

This course is addressed to all who want to start learning German. In October we start from zero for absolute beginners and then continue throughout the academic year to complete the A1 level in June.

If you want to join this course in January, you will have to speak with the teacher and commit to catching up with any work you may have missed.

German landing

EUI language courses are free for EUI PhD and LL.M. researchers, but most other EUI members have to pay a nominal fee. 

German 101

Communication and Grammar skills 

CEFR level A1

All EUI members

Length of course

24 weeks, 72 hours divided into 3 terms:

First term:

16 October 

08 December 2023

8 weeks

24 hours

Second term:

15 January 

22 March 2024

10 weeks

30 hours

Third term:

15 April

24 May 2024

6 weeks

9 hours


Third term starts on 16 April 2024


13:30 - 15:00

Place & Instructor


De Saussure room

Karen Diehl



A1: Communication and grammar skills

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will

  • have reached level A1 of the Common European Framework
  • be able to interact in a simple way
  • be able to introduce themselves and name their field of research
  • understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases
  • be able to read and write short texts with simple phrases/sentences

Course contents

Course materials are provided by the German teacher.

The course includes work on the following:

  • Reading: short informative texts and notices on topics of personal and professional interest; texts that consist of general language and academic-related language (research topic, academic professions and positions)
  • Writing: short and simple texts, fill in forms, simple requests and answers
  • Listening: understand familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases, recognize concrete information in dialogues and announcements
  • Speaking: introducing oneself, asking and answering questions on familiar topics, simple social conversations
  • Basic grammar and syntax

Learning methods and activities

In this course we work with various methods such as the cognitive, constructivist, audio-lingual/ audio-visual and communicative approach in order to train all the language skills (reading, listening, speaking, writing) and to suit the needs of different types of learners.

Activities in and out of class include:

  • building up your vocabulary
  • grammar and syntax exercises
  • reading and writing short texts
  • listening and speaking exercises (phonetics and intonation)
  • conversations, videoclips, online materials




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