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German A1.1

The course is intended to develop communicative and intercultural competences that include the development of the vocabulary and the use of the language during listening, reading comprehension, speaking, writing and translation activities at the elementary level.

Way of learning

After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • pronounce German words correctly,
  • form declarative and interrogative sentences,
  • briefly introduce yourself,
  • read and comprehend simple texts, such as informative notes, brochures, signboards, menus,
  • understand short adapted audio and video recordings, phrases and words used in everyday situations,
  • give and ask for necessary information,
  • start and maintain a conversation, ask questions,
  • write down the provided information in a simple language,
  • use grammatical and lexical structures.

We will discuss the following topics:

  • Greeting and saying goodbye.
  • Introducing yourself and meeting other people.
  • Time. Parts of the day. Days of the week. Years.
  • Leisure and hobbies.
  • Family and everyday life.
  • Professions.
  • Food and traditional dishes in Germany, Switzerland, Austria.

Grammar topics covered in the course:

  • Alphabet. Vowels and consonants.
  • Word order in sentences.
  • Nouns: gender and number.
  • Articles: definite, indefinite.
  • Negatives kein and nicht.
  • Personal, possessive pronouns.
  • Modal verbs: müssen, können, wollen, dürfen.
  • Present tense of verbs.


  • 10 weeks


  • 80 academic hours (3ECTS)

Target group

  • Individuals seeking to improve German language skills

Prerequisites for entering the course

  • None

Acknowledgement of acquired competencies

  • Language certification certificate (with positive evaluation after final exam)

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Gintarė Gelūnaitė–Malinauskienė

Lecture of the Institute of Foreign Languages

Research interests: Intercultural Communication, Applied Linguistics, Methodology and Didactics of German Language, Integrated Language and Subject Education, German Communication Business.

Juratė Andriuškevičienė

Lecture of the Institute of Foreign Languages

Research interests: German language teaching methodology, tools and effectiveness, teaching and learning theories, methods and strategies, use of information technology in foreign language teaching, improvement of German as a foreign language teaching, Integrated subject and language training.

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