Beginners

German for Beginners (Four Levels)

Beginners 1 – Katie Paul, Room 304

Beginners 2 – Melanei Sari, Room 308

Beginners 3 – Christopher Zeigler, Room 303

Beginners 4 – Brett Sieerveld, Room 307

This course is designed for students who want to learn German from the ground up.  The class is taught over a four-year period by our beginning German instructor cadre. This is a text-based course (see below) that covers all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. All fundamental grammatical concepts are covered (except for those discussed in the last three chapters of the text—the subjunctive mood (I & II), relative clauses, and the passive voice; these are covered in the Intermediate classes).

If you are new to the Tri-State School but have had some German before, feel free to join the course “in progress” in the second, third, or fourth year. Here’s an approximate list of the main grammar points covered in the Beginners classes to help you decide which level is best suited to your needs. Be sure to check with the individual instructors to see which chapter that class is starting with.

Note: There will be some overlap between the end of one year and the beginning of the next. Also, the amount of material covered in any one year is dependent on the make-up of that year’s class.

The text is Wie Geht’s? (9th Edition), which is available online in used and new formats. Be sure to check the edition number when ordering because there are multiple editions currently in circulation. 

  • The German Alphabet
  • Pronunciation
  • Present Tense of Regular and Irregular Verbs
  • Nominative and Accusative Case Nouns
  • Nominative Case Pronouns
  • Basic Sentence Structure
  • Present Tense of Haben and Sein
  • Dative Case Nouns
  • Simple Past Tense of Haben and Sein
  • Present Perfect Tense
  • Subordinating Conjunctions
  • Modal Auxiliaries
  • Accusative and Dative Case Pronouns
  • Two-way Prepositions
  • Imperatives
  • Der and Ein Words
  • Separable Prefix Verbs
  • Genitive Case
  • Adjective Endings
  • Reflexive Verbs
  • Prepositional Infinitives
  • Verbal Idioms
  • Da- and Wo-Compounds
  • Simple Past, Past Perfect, and Future Tenses
  • Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs