German

There are over 230 million speakers of German globally, and this number is rising fast. Whether you’re interested in communicating in Europe’s most commonly spoken language, or reading Goethe while travelling along the Romantic Road, German is one of the most useful and accessible languages to learn today.

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  • 10 Weeks

  • All levels

  • AUD $395

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Feel at home anywhere with languages

We invite you to spend a few hours every week in Germany with us, to learn the language of Nietzsche, Beethoven, Marlene Dietrich, and Einstein.

UNSW Global courses are designed to create opportunities for real-life communication practice and connect you with other people who share your interests.

Did you know?

  • German and English share more than a quarter of their vocabulary, so you probably already know more German than you think you do! 
  • Wanderlust (noun): the strong desire to travel

Why study German with us?

Our small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher. This course will help you:

  • Learn to speak, read and write in German

  • Get an insight into German culture

  • Communicate confidently when travelling to German speaking countries

  • Understand and communicate better with German speaking friends or family

  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities

Levels and duration

There are six levels. Each level consists of either 20 weeks of study or 2 x 10-week terms.

Beginners (Level 1)

Module A

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • Greetings
  • Numbers and prices
  • Conversation in a café
  • Personal information
  • European languages
  • Tourist attractions, cities and countries in Europe

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Personal pronouns
  • Conjugation of verb sein in present tense
  • Conjugation of regular verbs in present tense
  • Question words: wie, woher, wo, was
  • Definite and indefinite articles: der, das, die/ ein, eine
  • The negative article: kein, keine
  • Nouns and compound nouns in singular and plural
  • Conjugation of the verb sein
  • Open and closed questions

What textbook do I need?

Studio 21 A1 Deutschbuch & DVD-ROM & e-Book – Cornelson. ISBN: 9783065205269 (Chapters 1–3)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of the German language.


Module B

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with some basic knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • Living environments: people and housing
  • Appointments, arrangements and dates
  • Time, times of the day and weekdays
  • Going out and meeting someone
  • The work place: where people work and how they get there
  • Orientation in a building/office

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Possessive articles in the nominative
  • Articles in the accusative
  • Adjectives used after nouns
  • Question words: wann, von wann bis wann, wie viel?
  • Prepositions of time
  • Separable verbs
  • Prepositions of place
  • Ordinal numbers
  • Modal verb: können - Conjugation of the verb haben

What textbook do I need?

Studio 21 A1 Deutschbuch & DVD-ROM & e-Book – Cornelson. ISBN: 9783065205269 (Chapters 4-6)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

Elementary (Level 2)

Module A

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • At work: professions and work routines
  • An excursion to Berlin
  • Planning trips and activities
  • Directions
  • Holidays in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • Recounting past events
  • Biographies
  •  

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Indefinite and possessive articles in the accusative
  • Modal verb: müssen and wollen
  • Accusative prepositions
  • Dative prepositions
  • Instructions
  • The past tense: Perfekt - regular and irregular verbs

What textbook do I need?

Studio 21 A1 Deutschbuch & DVD-ROM & e-Book – Cornelson. ISBN: 9783065205269 (Chapters 7-9)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have awareness of grammatical structures and be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.


Module B

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • Food and beverages
  • At the supermarket and market
  • Recipes
  • Food cultures
  • Clothes and fashion
  • Shopping
  • Weather and weather reports
  • The body
  • At the doctor's
  • Health and fitness

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Adverbs of frequency
  • Comparatives and superlatives
  • Question word: welche/s/r
  • Gender and adjective endings
  • Demonstrative pronouns
  • Accusative pronouns
  • Modal verb: dürfen
  • Imperatives

What textbook do I need?

Studio 21 A1 Deutschbuch & DVD-ROM & e-Book – Cornelson. ISBN: 9783065205269 (Chapters 10-12)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in and understand the language on practical everyday matters.

Lower Intermediate (Level 3)

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have a good basic knowledge of the language.

Lower Intermediate 3A and 3B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics does it cover?

  • Language learning
  • Family and kinship
  • Family celebrations
  • Invitations
  • Travelling plans
  •  

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Subordinate clause using weil
  • Comparison using wieand als
  • Superlative: am höchsten, am weitesten
  • Possessive articles in dative case
  • Subordinate clause using dass
  • Genitive case: use of “s”
  • Modal verb: sollen

What textbook do I need for this level?

Studio 21 A2 Deutschbook (Hermann Funk) (Chapters 1-3)


Module B

What topics does it cover?

  • Free time and leisure activities
  • Hobbies, sport
  • Media: Now and before
  • Internet: Shopping online
  • Correspondence
  • At the restaurant
  • Meeting people

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Subordinate clause using weil
  • Comparison using wieand als
  • Superlative: am höchsten, am weitesten
  • Possessive articles in dative case
  • Subordinate clause using dass
  • Genitive case: use of “s”
  • Modal verb: sollen

What textbook do I need for this level?

Studio 21 A2 Deutschbook (Hermann Funk) (Chapters 4-6)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will develop a deeper cultural awareness and be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers and discuss personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

Intermediate (Level 4)

Module A

What topics are covered?

  • Housing
  • Pros and cons about living in the city/countryside
  • Cultural interests: music, literature, theatre
  • Education and schooling
  • Work
  • Job hunting

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Regular verbs and modal verbs in the past tense
  • Subordinate clause using als
  • Adverbs of time: damals, frϋher, heute, jetzt
  • Past and perfect tenses
  • Conjunctions: denn, weil
  • Verb werden (to become)
  • Nominalisation of verbs
  • Verbs used for polite requests and wishes: hätte, könnte

What textbook do I need for this level?

Studio 21 A2 Deutschbook (Hermann Funk) Chapters 7-9


Module B

What topics does it cover?

  • Festivities and traditions throughout the year: Easter, Christmas
  • Gifts
  • Body language
  • Films
  • Inventions
  • Chocolate

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Prepositions in the dative case: mit, seit, nach
  • Verbs used both in the dative and accusative case:
  • Geben, schenken, zeigen, bringen
  • Subordinate clauses using wenn
  • Indefinite pronouns: einige, manche
  • Prepositions in the dative and accusative: wo, wohin
  • Relative clauses: in, mit + dative
  • Final clause: um zu, damit...
  • Passive voice: werden/wurden

What textbook do I need for this level?

Studio 21 A2 Deutschbook (Hermann Funk) Chapters 10-12

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to converse with native speakers and follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures

Upper Intermediate (Level 5)

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy.

Upper Intermediate 5A and 5B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics are covered?

  • Leisure time
  • German history
  • Theatre
  • Dealing with stress
  • Health
  • Everyday problems
  • Gender stereotypes
  • Relationships and conflicts

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Dependent clauses with während
  • Second conditionals with irregular verbs
  • Nominalisation with zum
  • Present subjunctives with modal verbs
  • Quantifying adverbs
  • Infinitive with zu
  • Adjectives with un- and -los
  • Dependent clauses with weil

What textbook do I need?

Studio 21 B1 - Kurs und Uebungsbuch (Hermann Funk) (Chapters 1-3)


Module B

What topics are covered?

  • Accident insurance
  • Regionalisms
  • Accidents at work
  • Schools in Germany
  • Intercultural schools
  • Climate change
  • Weather and climate

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Adjectives that go before nouns
  • Diminutives
  • Adjective endings without articles
  • Second conditions with wäre, würde, hatte, könnte
  • Relative clauses
  • Wegen + genitive (possessive mode)
  • Future forms with werden + infinitive
  • Correlative conjunctions: je …, desto …/ nicht … sondern

What textbook do I need?

Studio 21 B1 - Kurs und Uebungsbuch (Hermann Funk) (Chapters 4-6)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment.

Advanced (Level 6)

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have an advanced level of language proficiency.

Advanced 6A and 6B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics are covered?

  • Bankruptcies, misfortunes
  • Intercultural etiquette
  • Conflict
  • Generations
  • Stages in life (childhood, youth, old age)
  • Ageing
  • Childhood trauma

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Present participles
  • Dependent clauses with obwohl
  • Correlative conjunctions: nicht nur, sondern auch / weder … noch
  • Presumptions; könnte
  • Past perfect dependent clauses with seit
  • Possessive articles in genitive (possessive mode)

What textbook do I need?

Studio 21 B1 - Kurs und Uebungsbuch (Hermann Funk) (Chapters 1-3)


Module B

What topics are covered?

  • Migration
  • Migration stories
  • European politics
  • The European Union

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • The verb lassen
  • Passive voice pronouns: man
  • Relative clauses in genitive
  • Question words: wofür, woran, worüber, woven, womit brauchen + zu + Infinitive
  • Correlative conjunctions: entweder … oder …
  • Nouns with -keit or -heit
  • Verbs with prepositions

What textbook do I need?

Studio 21 B1 - Kurs und Uebungsbuch (Hermann Funk) (Chapters 7-8)

What’s the end goal?

This level will help students achieve a proficient (or native-like) use of the language. The main emphasis will be on conversation and group discussions with the extensive use of authentic materials

Evening courses (6:30pm - 8:30pm)

UNSW Institute of Languages 223 Anzac Parade, level 2/3 (West Tower, L5 building), Kensington.
Length: 10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)

Questions? We have answers.

  • How do I work out which level to enroll in?

  • What is the average class size?

  • Do I receive a certificate?

Important Information

  • This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.
  • This is a non-CRICOS registered course. International Student Visa holders are not eligible to enrol in non-CRICOS registered courses, including Modern Languages and Part-time English / Exam Preparation classes at this time.

    However, international students who are not on a student visa can enrol in these courses. Temporary Residents who want to enrol in Modern Languages or Part-time English / Exam Preparation classes can do so by contacting admissions@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au.

  • Please note that Commonwealth financial support is not available for Non-Award programs including Global’s Foundation programs and all language courses