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Survival Languages: German

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Course description

Taking your first steps towards learning a new language? Welcome to our Survival Language courses for beginners. Our Survival Language courses are the perfect starting point when you just know a few words or have no prior experience.

These four-week courses introduce basic grammar, essential frequent vocabulary, and key aspects of pronunciation. They provide a platform to gain basic linguistic skills for everyday life communication. There is an emphasis on speaking and listening for the gist of a short conversation, but you will also acquire relevant cultural information.

Example course structure

Week one: Small talk and introductions

Learn how to greet in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and how to introduce yourself and others. You will exchange information such as where you are from and what language you speak in a role play. Finally, you will be able to talk about your character traits and describe your friends.

Week two: Oktoberfest food and restaurants

In this week we will learn about different German, Austrian and Swiss dishes. You will be able to order your beer and Brezel at the virtual Oktoberfest, as well as describe your favourite dishes in a dialogue. When we take a trip through history you will understand why manners and table manners are important in Germany (although the Oktoberfest is an exception).

Week three: Shopping in Germany

We will take a stroll through several German cities and go shopping there. You might want to buy a virtual gift, clothes or the Berlin bear. You will be able to handle a different currency and ask for prices. Once you have spent all your money you can describe the items that you bought in a wordcloud.

Week four: Getting around in Germany

During this week we will buy a ticket and go on a trip through several counties in Germany. We will compare the North to the South and the East to the West in guessing games. If you get lost, a friendly assistant will help you to get back to the train station. Enjoy the virtual cathedrals, the cool Alexanderplatz and the famous zoo.

Course tutors

The course is taught by current Kingston School of Art (KSA) language lecturers.

What to bring

A basic list will be sent to you a week in advance of the course start date. All other materials are provided by Kingston School of Art (KSA).

Booking information

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