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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: German Studies

German Language 1A

Academic Year 2018-2019

Through a range of media from newspaper articles to films and podcasts, this course aims to broaden and deepen your receptive German language skills (reading and listening) and your productive German language skills (speaking and writing). The course also aims to consolidate your knowledge of key grammatical points and their practical application by covering a range of grammatical topics. By the end of the course you should have increased your fluency and confidence in speaking German in a variety of situations, gained practice in writing in German and consolidated your knowledge of German grammar.

Texts likely to be studied include:

  • Hammer's German Grammar and Usage, most recent edition, revised by Martin Durrell (London: Edward Arnold)
  • Durrell/Kohl/Loftus, Practising German Grammar - A Workbook (London: Edward Arnold)

If you do not yet have a good dictionary, we recommend:

  • Collins German Dictionary, most recent edition, (London and Glasgow: Collins) or
  • Oxford Duden German Dictionary, most recent edition, OUP.

You will find these books useful throughout your course.


Dr Tracey Reimann-Dawe [], Room A7, Elvet Riverside I.

Further details of pre-requisites, co-requisites, aims, contact hours and assessment