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German

German is one of the world’s most popular languages and the fourth most widely taught non-English language. UNSW Institute of Languages provides valuable insights into the German culture and language with a range of courses.

UNSW Institute of Languages offers German for beginners to advanced students so you can continue to advance your skills

Duration Average class size Levels Fee
10 weeks 12 students Beginner to Advanced AUD$390

Key Benefits

  • Learn to speak, read and write German as you progress through the course levels.
  • Communicate more confidently when travelling to German speaking countries.
  • Understand and communicate better with German speaking friends or family.
  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities with the addition of a foreign language skill.
  • Small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher.
  • Highly qualified and experienced teachers and advanced classroom technology create an ideal learning environment.

The textbook for these courses is available from UNSW Bookshop on UNSW main campus, Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney). View the textbook prices available at UNSW Bookshop. Please note that if a language course is cancelled, UNSW Bookshop will only consider a refund for a textbook bought at UNSW Bookshop if the book has not sustained any damage or been written in.

Please note: This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.

Course Level Guides

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

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

This level covers the following topics:

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

Language/grammar points include:

  • 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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have an understanding of the basics of the language
  • be able to communicate in a limited way on some practical everyday matters.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have some basic knowledge of the language.

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

This level covers the following topics:

  • 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

Language/grammar points include:

  • 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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

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

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

This level covers the following topics:

  • 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

Language/grammar points include:

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have awareness of some grammatical structures
  • be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.

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

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

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

Language/grammar points include:

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in and understand the language on many practical everyday matters.

Module A

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

This level covers the following topics:

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

Language/grammar points include:

  • 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

Module B

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

This level covers the following topics:

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

Language/grammar points include:

  • Reflexive pronouns
  • Adverbs of time: Zuerst, dann, danach
  • Verbs with prepositions
  • Indirect questions using ob
  • Indirect questions using question words (wann, wo, etc)
  • Indefinite pronouns: niemand, wenige, viele, alle
  • Adjective without article in the nominative and acusative
  • Relative clause and relative pronouns in the nominative and acusative
  • Personal pronouns in dative case

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers
  • discuss some personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

Cultural awareness will be further developed. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be developed.

Module A

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

This level covers the following topics:

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

Language/grammar points include:

  • 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

Module B

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

This level covers the following topics:

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

Language/grammar points include:

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to converse with native speakers
  • follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

Cultural awareness will be further developed within a global context. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be further enhanced.

Module A

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

This level covers the following topics:

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

Language/grammar points include:

  • 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

Module B

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

This level covers the following topics:

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

Language/grammar points include:

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment.

Cultural awareness will be further developed within a global context. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be further enhanced.

Module A

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

This level covers the following topics:

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

Language/grammar points include:

  • 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)

Module B

Text Book: Studio 21 B1 - Kurs und Uebungsbuch (Hermann Funk) Chapters 9-10

This level covers the following topics:

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

Language/grammar points include:

  • 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

Learning Outcomes

This open-ended course 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.

We recommend that you refer to the Level Guide to select the most suitable level. If you need further help selecting a level, please contact our Enquiries staff on 9385 0555 or enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au

Please note that it is not always possible to transfer into a different level after enrolling.

If there isn’t a class to suit you, please join the waiting list and we will notify you when it is available.

Term 4 Evening Courses

Level 1A
Wednesday October 10 – Wednesday December 12, 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade (West Tower, L5 building), Kensington
AUD $390
Level 1B
Tuesday October 9 - Tuesday December 11, 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade (West Tower, L5 building), Kensington
AUD $390
Level 3A
Thursday October 11 - Thursday December 13, 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade (West Tower, L5 building), Kensington
AUD $390

Languages - FAQs

A course is one term of tuition. Each term is 10 weeks in duration.

We offer 6 levels of progression, which are divided into modules A and B. These are: Beginners (1A & 1B), Elementary (2A & 2B), Lower Intermediate (3A & 3B), Intermediate (4A & 4B), Upper Intermediate (5A & 5B), and Advanced (6A & 6B). Level 6B is an open-ended level that can continue indefinitely – some level 6 classes have been running for over 20 years!

The levels offered for each language vary from term to term and language to language. We are able to offer most levels for more popular languages, while levels for other languages are usually more limited. Check under the Dates and Fees tab the language you want to study to find out which levels are currently available.

Yes, you can. Some students may only want to enrol in one 10 week term.

Course books are chosen by language teachers. Check under the Level Guide tab of each language for more information.

Teachers follow the course books but often also provide additional materials for students.

No. We strongly encourage you to purchase their own course books. Course books can be bought from UNSW bookshop (UNSW main campus, building E15), Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney) or online. Please note that if a language course is cancelled, UNSW Bookshop will only consider a refund for a textbook bought at UNSW Bookshop if the book has not sustained any damage or been written in.

We prefer to employ teachers who are native speakers. All teachers will either be native speakers or have spent considerable time in a country in which the language is spoken.

Our teachers have at least one teaching qualification and teaching experience.

Classes have an average of 10-12 students, with 18 being the maximum number.

The minimum age for our students is 18. There is no maximum age.

Our language courses do not have formal exams or tests, but revision is conducted through a range of other methods depending on the class and the teacher.

You should self-assess their language level before enrolling in a course by considering the number of hours they have spent studying the language prior to the course and their experience of the language (check information under the Level Guide tab for further details). For further assistance, please contact Student Enquiries on 9385 0555 or enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au

Once payment has been made, you will receive a payment acknowledgement email and payment receipt. Please refer to the course dates, times and location details shown under the Dates and Fees tab in order to avoid missing the course start date. If we have to cancel a class due to insufficient enrolments you will be sent a class cancellation email 1 to 2 days before the class was due to begin.

Yes. Students who have applied for a course that is cancelled will receive a refund which may take up to 3 weeks to process. We often contact you first to see if you would like to transfer into another level before we officially withdraw your application and process your refund. For further information, please refer to our Conditions of Enrolment..

Yes. Online applications close at the end of week 3 of each term. However, it’s always best to apply as early as possible as we cancel classes that do not receive enough applications.

Most of our courses focus on speaking and listening and the essential grammar and vocabulary required to improved verbal and aural fluency. Courses focus less on writing and reading.

There is street parking on Day Avenue and streets just west of Anzac Parade. Restricted campus parking is also available in the UNSW car park on the corner of Day Ave and Anzac Parade.

The Summer short courses run in January and offer languages at Introduction level (1A and sometimes 1B). 20 hours of tuition are offered over 8 evenings (Mon-Thurs) so that a student can complete a whole level in less than 2 weeks.

2018 term timetable

Part-time Evening

Note that evening classes are offered one evening per week. Check the Dates & Fees tab for the evening each course is offered for the upcoming term.

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 5 Feb (Mon) - 8 Feb (Thurs) 16 April (Mon)
Term 2 30 Apr (Mon) – 3 May (Thurs) 9 July (Mon)
Term 3 23 July (Mon) – 26 July (Thurs) 27 September (Thurs)
Term 4 8 Oct (Mon) – 11 Oct (Thurs) 13 December (Thurs)

Part-time Saturday

Note that Saturday classes are offered one morning per week. Check the Dates and Fees tab for the list of courses offered for the upcoming term.

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 3 Feb 14 April
Term 2 5 May 7 July
Term 3 28 July 29 September
Term 4 13 October 15 December

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  3. Please note our Conditions of Enrolment for Modern Languages programs.
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