2017 German: Basic Course 1 D13

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Ichikawa Shinji 
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Course description and aims

In "German: Basic Course" students will read the textbook on German grammar for beginners, and practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in German. In the "Course 1" students exercise pronunciations and learn expressions for daily life. With visual materials they will touch German culture and history.
During the yearlong practice, students will develop the elementary knowledge and skills needed for communication in German.
In this quarter they should understand the elements of short sentences. They can also acquire the understanding of foreign culture.

Student learning outcomes

In this course students will be able to:
1) pronounce German fluently and exactly .
2) greet in German.
3) make short sentences in German.


・elementary German grammar for beginner
・reading, writing, listening and speaking in German
・international communication skills

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Class time will be used to practice writing, reading, listening, and speaking in German with a textbook on grammar for beginners.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction - Language and culture in Germany To be announced during classes.
Class 2 Alphabet and pronunciation
Class 3 Greetings in German
Class 4 Elements of sentence - verb, subject, object and predicate
Class 5 Conjugation of verb
Class 6 Cases - nominative, genitive, dative and objective
Class 7 Declensions of articles and pronouns
Class 8 construction of short sentences


Text book specified by the instructor.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

A German-Japanese dictionary is necessary. (You can choose your comfortable dictionary.) The other materials for practice are given in the classes.

Assessment criteria and methods

The scores are based on final (and midterm) exams (60%) and exercises in classes (40%).

Related courses

  • LAL.G202 : German: Basic Course 2
  • LAL.G203 : German: Basic Course 3
  • LAL.G204 : German: Basic Course 4
  • LAH.H111 : Introduction to Foreign Languages 2
  • LAL.G331 : German: Intermediate Course 1

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites. The enrollment in the related courses is desirable. Through "German: Basic Course 1-4" you can overview the German grammar. "Introduction to Foreign Language 1, 2" encourage your understanding of language and culture in Germany.

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