Basic German Language Skills


“Basic German Language Skills” is a MOOC course published by Julia Richter on Alison.com. The course is aimed at beginners who wish to acquire basic German skills. The course introduces the learners to basic vocabulary and grammar. The course consists of two modules which are subdivided into several topics. Topics covered in this course include: times of the day, colours, numbers, the alphabet, and important verbs.

Resource/Tool Description

Didactic Analysis

Each topic introduces new words and phrases in a short video with subtitles in German and English.

Topic 8 focuses on the telling the time. In order to follow the video, learners should know the numbers and verbs to speak about daily activities.

The video presents a daily routine with times and pictures to aid listening comprehension. Teachers may use the video to introduce the subject in class. After watching the video, teachers could ask some questions related to the times and activities seen in the video or prepare a worksheet with multiple choice questions about the text or ask learners to put the times and activities mentioned in the video in the correct order.

Afterwards, the teachers can fully explain different ways to talk about the time and move on the exercises.

Pros and cons:
+ Clear and slow language
+ Additional subtitles make it easy to understand
+ A picture of a clock showing the time mentioned in each text to accompany the dialogue
– Once the new subject is introduced, there are no explications how to use the new words and phrases
– No exercises to put the new words into practice

The topics presented in this course provide basic knowledge of German for all those who need to learn German quickly and who cannot or do not want to attend a language course. However, the course does not offer explanations or opportunities to put the newly learned words and phrases into practice. It may be used in addition to a textbook or other learning materials used in class but it is not suitable for learners who also wish to use the language actively.

Technical Analysis


Complexity of the development / implementation of the content Low
Comfort of use Easy
Skills and knowledge required Basic
Hardware requirements Computer
Software requirements No specific requirements
Expected technological tendency/trend Low
Open Source Yes Access Online
Mobile friendly No Registration required Yes

Additional Information



Target group

All Learners


Grammar, Listening comprehension, Vocabulary extension

Mobile friendly