If you see the standard format of Goethe Institute, there are 6 levels of the German language– A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. The first level is A1 and many people think that A1 level is a very basic level and we won’t be learning much in it. But I think we should see in detail what all you are going to learn at the A1 level. So here step by step we are going to talk about the German A1 level. Earlier, these levels were standard and designed by Goethe Institute, Germany. A1 moreover covers a few basic grammar topics and an application of grammar in day-to-day life that is in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
I will request you to read the whole article so that you will get a complete idea about A1. The first part we will talk about is grammar.
German A1 grammar covers the topics below:
- Basic Phrases
- Articles (definite and indefinite)
- Singular and plural nouns
- Verbs and verb conjugation
- Possessive pronouns
- Sentence formation
- Trennbare verbs
- Modal verbs
- Interrogative sentences
- Partizip II (Past tense)
- Imperative sentences
And a few more
Goethe Institute recommends few reference books like Tangram, Studio D, or Netzwerk (Netzwerk is being used currently) and in the future, some other books from different Publications will be recommended but most of the books will have almost syllabus. Few things will be more or less, but almost 80% of the contents will be the same.
Now let’s talk about the content :
usually, these books have 12 lessons covering the most common topics from our day-to-day lifelike-
Lesson 1 :
How to talk about yourself, how to introduce yourself, and get introduced to people. Asking their names, where do they live, where are they from, age, languages, countries.
Lesson 2 :
Talking about describing cities, places, and famous buildings in cities. Also about transport and directions.
Lesson 3 :
Hobbies, friends, family, profession, weekdays, months, dates, time.
Lesson 4 :
Food and drink. Talking about taste, different food items, names and placing an order in a restaurant, paying bills. Also about groceries, shops, buying groceries, talking about prices.
Lesson 5 :
Hobbies, habits, planning some activities together, talking about places or programs to go out.
Lesson 6 :
Talking about day-to-day routine morning to evening, talking about weekly or monthly schedule, using verbs, framing questions.
Lesson 7 :
Communication in the workplace, talking with colleagues, writing emails, talking about the work schedule, meetings, and telephonic communication.
Lesson 8 :
Types houses and regular communication related to houses, apartments, furniture, floor plans, renting a house in Germany, describing house or apartment, using adjectives.
Lesson 9 :
About shopping, types of shops, online shopping, talking about shops, going to a mall, buying things, and talking about clothes prices, size, shape, color, brands.
Lesson 10 :
How to talk about health, communicating with the doctor, fixing appointments at the doctor, discussing health issues, talking about diet plans.
Lesson 11 :
About traveling, booking tickets, hotels. Talking about hotel rooms and services, talking about tourist places in various countries.
Lesson 12 :
Other similar topics.
So if you observe, this syllabus of German A1 level usually covers all your day-to-day topics so that if you travel to Germany for the first time, you will be able to survive on your own. With books, you get audio CDs. So this course covers your reading, writing, listening, and speaking. At the ASAP German Institute, Pune after completing the course you will have exam preparation sessions that are designed to prepare for Goethe’s exam. In these preparation sessions, you will solve few mock tests and then there will be a final exam at an ASAP Institute, which will have almost a similar pattern like Goethe (Max Mueller Bhavan) exam so that after passing the exam at ASAP you will be confident enough to apply Goethe’s exam.