UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
DEPARTMENT OF GERMAN STUDIES
MODERN GERMAN LANGUAGE I COMPUTER ASSISTED
You are required to follow a course of guided self-study using CALL (Computer
Assisted Language Learning) programmes available on the University Network. To
do this you will need to obtain as soon as possible a user name and personal password
from the Computing Services Unit. Self-service registration using your University
card is the normal way to get this login name. Computers for self-registration will
be set up in the Student Computer centre off the Library Road. The help desk is
also located there. Further information on how best to make use of the University’s IT
facilities is contained in the ICT Booklet. There will be training sessions in accessing
the Web and using the CALL programmes, particularly ‘GramEx’, on Tuesday
morning week 2. The noticeboard has details.
So far nobody has invented the pill that can make you get German grammar right
without effort! Becoming fluent and confident with all the rules is your responsibility
and you are expected to spend a couple of hours a week (maybe in 30 minute
sessions) working on the grammar topics the CALL programme provides and you
language tutors will check during the year to see how you’re getting on. There will be
an internal test at the beginning of the summer term.
We suggest you keep a Language Journal as a record of the topics you work on, and
as a place to note new vocabulary, as well as particular problems.
Which particular grammar points you work on in Term 1 will depend on the nature
and extent of your needs. We all have different strengths and weaknesses. Your tutor
in your small group will advise on the basis of your performance in the diagnostic
test. However if you take the following list, using the CALL programme as a guide,
you will not go far wrong.
Week 3: Bestimmter Artikel; bestimmende Pronomen
Week 4: Unbestimmter Artikel; kein; Possessivpronomen
Week 5: Adjektivendungen – schwache und starke Formen
Week 6: READING BREAK
Week 7: Adjektivendungen – gemischte Formen; Alle Formen
Week 8: Verbformen: Das Passiv
Week 9: Nebensätze (als, wenn)
Week 10: Temporalsätze (nachdem, sobald, seitdem, bevor)
Remember: no system is perfect. There will be times when you get frustrated with its
querks, and you may wish at times that the explanations were in English. But learning
grammar terms in German is also a desirable aim. Do persist. Overall this is a great
asset. Questionnaires from last year indicate that 79% of students felt that “GramEx
was an efficient learning tool”.
How To Access GramEx:
GramEx & GramDef are on Windows NT from the Warwick Tree.
Location: Departmental Software, German Studies
How to Use GramEx and GranDef:
1. call up Gram/Ex - click ‘Weiter’
2. You get an overview over exercises, structured according to grammatical areas.
3. click on e.g. ‘best.Artikel’: You get an info on ‘best.Artikel’ - click ‘Weiter’
4. ‘Wieviele Beispiele wollen Sie probieren?’ - type any number from 1-99
5. click ‘OK’ & ‘Weiter’: you get random exercises relating to grammatical area.
Help is available under:
Übersetzung: translation of German practice sentence.
InfoGram: explanation of grammatical point in German.
GramDef: Programme explaining German Grammar in German
1. call up GramDef - click ‘Weiter’
2. list of example texts - click ‘Mädchen auf der Landstaße’
3. click on any word to get grammar information on:
application in this particular case
4. example: ‘Drei Freunde fuhren auf der Landstraße.. - click ‘fuhren’
word class: verb
relating to subject of the sentence: ‘Drei Freunde’
5. click ‘Prüfung’: you can now click on any word and you will be ask to identify
word class, tense etc.
The German Dept requires Students to spend at least 1
hr/week on GramEx and/or the Hammer online grammar