Elementary German 1, Certificate | Part time online | The Open University UK | United Kingdom
4 months
195 GBP/full
195 GBP/full
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This Elementary German 1 course at The Open University UK further continues your journey to Germany, Austria and Switzerland and progresses your skills needed for understanding and using the German language in everyday situations and while travelling. 


Studying 3–4 hours in each unit, Elementary German 1: sprechen und verstehen offers the perfect opportunity to continue the development of your language skills. You will learn to express your opinions and to master everyday situations of mounting complexity. Moreover, you will learn to use different tenses and sentence structures to extend your proficiency of communicating in German. During Elementary German 1 course at The Open University UK you will also further increase your awareness of the cultural diversity of German-speaking countries.

After successfully completing this short course, you will receive a digital badge. This can be shared on social media, added to email signatures or act as a certificate.

You will learn

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • communicate with speakers of German in a range of predictable and simple contexts relating to everyday life
  • know and use the principles of German pronunciation
  • understand and use the special German characters (Umlaute) and be able to Word-process or handwrite them
  • better understand the cultural differences and customs between German-speaking cultures and your own
  • correctly build and employ a variety of grammatical structures, such as verb tenses, prepositions, and sentence structure.

The course is designed to help you achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level A1 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

Programme Structure

By the end of the 16 units of Elementary German 1: sprechen und verstehen you will be able to:

  • express your opinions on a variety of themes and topics, such as lifestyle, daily routines, leisure activities, landscapes and geography, and travelling
  • use a variety of expressions and types of words, such as adverbs of time and of frequency, prepositions, and comparisons
  • master and communicate in typical everyday situations; for example, understanding and responding to train announcements and describing movements
  • understand and employ key issues of German pronunciation, especially the sounds alien to non-German speakers, such as Umlaute
  • use regular and irregular verbs in the past tense and in imperative forms. 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 4 months
    • 3 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details
  • Start: At anytime before registration end date
  • Registration closes 31 December





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • There are no entry requirements for this course.
  • However, it's beneficial if you have some basic knowledge of German, similar or equivalent to the language, skills and vocabulary practised in Beginners German 1: fang an! (LGXG001), Beginners German 2: mit vergnügen! (LGXG002), and/or Beginners German 3: richtig so! (LGXG003).
  • You will be given guidance on developing your language-learning skills such as different techniques to memorise vocabulary and approach grammatical topics.

Tuition Fee

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    195 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 195 GBP for the full programme during 4 months.
  • National

    195 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 195 GBP for the full programme during 4 months.


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