German language: elementary grammar

lgerm1113  2023-2024  Louvain-la-Neuve

German language: elementary grammar
5.00 credits
30.0 h + 15.0 h
Q1 and Q2
Level A1 of the Common Europea Framework of Reference for Languages
Main themes
- Studies of German Phonetics and morphology;
- German Sentence Types, Grammatical Functions;
- Detailed Description of Basic Rules concerning: Verbs, (Pro-) Nouns, Adjectives/Adverbs, Determiners, Prepositions, conjunctions and particles.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Introduction to descriptive German grammar. The understanding and utilization of (basic) German grammatical rules to facilitate the acquisition of a German "competence grammar".
In-depth and systematic revision of German grammar in the area of lexical categories and their use in the sentence structure.
Acquisition of "grammatical competence", i.e. the ability to understand the rules of formation and use of basic grammatical forms.
Detailed description of the basic rules of grammar concerning: verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, determiners, ... :
Part I (introduction)
introduction to grammatical analysis (phonetic/phonological/morphological overview; the German sentence and its constituents);
Part II (lexical categories with inflection):
the verb (selection, conjugation, verb formation, verb use), the adjective (selection, declension, use of the adjective (adverbial, predicative, attributive use); the noun, pronouns, determiners (structure of the noun phrase, declension, noun formation);
Part III (lexical categories without inflection):
the adverb (types of adverbs, formation, meaning, position in the sentence); the preposition (structure of the prepositional phrase, meaning, prepositions and case) the particles (of focus, of degree, modal) and conjunctions.
The course is accompanied by group exercises.
Evaluation methods
The course will be assessed both in January and in June thanks to written exams.  The exam taking place in January is a partial exam assessing the first half of the course according to the article 77 of the RGEE. If the student passes the January exam, he just needs to take the second part of the June exam. His result will then be computed as the average of his results in January and in June (each part represents 50% of the final note). If the student fails the January exam, he will have to take the whole June exam according to the article 82 of the RGEE. His result in this case is only determined by his grade in the June exam. If the student takes the exam in September, all previous results are disregarded. The September exam covers the totality of the course.
Other information
A syllabus for this course (written in German and French) is available.
Online resources
Syllabus and slides (Power Point) 
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures: German, Dutch and English

Minor in Linguistics

Minor in German Studies

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General