Conversational German – from time of day to eating out

“Conversational German – from time of day to eating out” is a MOOC course created by Cambridge University for The course is aimed at learners with little or no prior knowledge of German.

Resource/Tool Description

Didactic Analysis

The course consists of 4 modules – three of them introducing new topics and the fourth module being the final test. Each module is subdivided into different topics.

Module 1 focuses on telling the date and time and saying where you come from. The first topic is telling the day, month and date.

The course language is English.

The new words and phrases are presented in slides. Learners can click on the audio symbol next to each new word or phrase to listen to the pronunciation. As all explanations are in English, the material can only be used with learners who understand English. If this is the case, trainers may be able to use the slides instead of writing words and phrases down on the blackboard or whiteboard.

There are no additional exercises to practice the newly learned words and phrases or to present them in context. For this reason, the slides can be useful to explain the new phrases and vocabulary but teachers will need to bring in the exercises to practice them from their own materials.

Pros and cons:
+ Basic German for learners with little or no German knowledge who wish to learn quickly
+ Slides with relevant words and phrases necessary for each topic in an easy and understandable way
– Only suitable for learners with a good level of English
– The words are not presented in broader context (dialogues or texts)
– No vocabulary exercises

The resource teaches basic German skills for all learners who are looking for instant learning results. However, due to the lack of exercises and dialogues and/or texts to see the words and phrases in context, the resource is more suitable for self-study than for classroom use. In addition, the resource is only suitable for English-speaking learners.

Technical Analysis


Complexity of the development / implementation of the content Low. The content is limited and the course can not be further developed
Comfort of use Easy
Skills and knowledge required Basic
Hardware requirements Computer, tablet, smartphone
Software requirements Adobe Flash Player required
Expected technological tendency/trend Low
Open Source Yes Access Online
Mobile friendly Yes (mobile app) Registration required Yes

Additional Information







Mobile friendly

Yes (mobile app)


Target group

All Learners


Grammar, Listening comprehension, Speaking + phonetics, Vocabulary extension