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Lernziele: Level 1

Can-do Descriptors

Learning a new language can be a daunting task. We often focus on everything that we cannot say
yet, rather than think of what we have already learned. Our perceived inadequacies tend to hamper
our abilities even further. These self-evaluations aid in the realistic assessment of what can be
achieved at each step in the process of foreign language acquisition.

Each learner is different, with certain concepts being easier to understand for some learners than
others. At the end of each chapter, fill out the evaluation in order to see the areas in which you need
to improve, as well as those areas in which you already communicate well. This will help you identify
the language tools you still need to develop in order to communicate more effectively. This will not
only help you in your German studies, but in all foreign language studies that you may someday
pursue. The more you are aware of what you can already do, the better you will be equipped to
articulate your goals and pursue them effectively.

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Lernziele: Level 1

This is a self-assessment of what I know and can do in German.

Ill mark my progress as well as my weaknesses in order to see: what I can do, what I know, and
where I can still make progress in listening, reading, writing and speaking German. When Ive
accomplished these goals, I can add other learning goals of my own.

: I can do or I know what is described and am satisfied.


: I dont feel sure and therefore must practice more.
: Im having difficulty and must work harder at this topic.

Kapitel 1

I can
1. ...say hello and goodbye.
2. introduce myself and say where Im from.
3. ask someone where they are from and
understand the answer.
4. say the alphabet in German and spell my
name.
5. ask someone how to spell their name and
write it down correctly.
6. talk about languages and nationalities.
7.
8.
9.

I know
1. the vocabulary for introductions.
2. ...the pronouns in German in the singular.
3. the difference between du and Sie.
4. how to use the W- question words.
5. how to use regular verbs in the present
tense.
6. how to use the verb sein with pronouns in
the singular.
7. the difference in intonation between
questions and answers.
8. how to say Excuse me.
9.
10.

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Lernziele: Level 1

This is a self-assessment of what I know and can do in German.

Ill mark my progress as well as my weaknesses in order to see: what I can do, what I know, and
where I can still make progress in listening, reading, writing and speaking German. When Ive
accomplished these goals, I can add other learning goals of my own.

: I can do or I know what is described and am satisfied.


: I dont feel sure and therefore must practice more.
: Im having difficulty and must work harder at this topic.

Kapitel 2

I can
1. ...ask how someone is doing in formal and
familiar German.
2. say how I am doing.
3. ...say what I and others would like to drink.
4. pronounce, spell, and understand numbers
in German from 0 to 200.
5. communicate telephone numbers and
addresses.
6. ask how much something costs and
understand the answer.
7. use common classroom expressions in
German.
8.
9.
10.

I know
1. ...the numbers from 0 to 200.
2. the subject pronouns in the singular and
plural.
3. how to conjugate the present tense of
regular and irregular verbs.
4. how to ask yes/no questions with the
correct intonation.
5.
6.
7.
2010 Langenscheidt KG, Berlin und Mnchen
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Lernziele: Level 1

This is a self-assessment of what I know and can do in German.

Ill mark my progress as well as my weaknesses in order to see: what I can do, what I know, and
where I can still make progress in listening, reading, writing and speaking German. When Ive
accomplished these goals, I can add other learning goals of my own.

: I can do or I know what is described and am satisfied.


: I dont feel sure and therefore must practice more.
: Im having difficulty and must work harder at this topic.

Kapitel 3

I can
1. ...name and describe some everyday objects.
2. make purchases.
3. read and understand simple ads.
4. listen to and understand a simple sales
transaction.
5. pronounce, spell and understand numbers
up to one million.
6. talk about languages and nationalities.
7.
8.
9.

I know
1. the definite and indefinite articles for
nouns.
2. how to use kein with the proper endings to
negate a noun.
3. how to substitute pronouns for nouns using
the correct gender/number.
4. how to use the possessive adjectives mein
and dein with the correct endings.
5. how to analyze and understand long
compound nouns.
6. how words with long and short vowels are
spelled differently.
7.
8.
9.

2010 Langenscheidt KG, Berlin und Mnchen


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Lernziele: Level 1

This is a self-assessment of what I know and can do in German.

Ill mark my progress as well as my weaknesses in order to see: what I can do, what I know, and
where I can still make progress in listening, reading, writing and speaking German. When Ive
accomplished these goals, I can add other learning goals of my own.

: I can do or I know what is described and am satisfied.


: I dont feel sure and therefore must practice more.
: Im having difficulty and must work harder at this topic.

Kapitel 4

I can
1. ...ask and express the time of day.
2. talk about and describe in writing my daily
routines.
3. make plans with another person.
4. ask and answer questions pertaining to
time using wann, von wann bis wann and wie
lange.
5. listen and understand short dialogs about
when events are occurring.
6. read and understand a short text describing
a persons daily activities.
7.
8.
9.

I know
1. the vocabulary for telling time, the times of
day, and days of the week.
2. ...how to use separable-prefix verbs.
3. how to pronounce separable-prefix verbs
with proper stress.
4. the word order possibilities when using
expressions of time.
5. how to recognize sentences in the past.
6.
7.
8.

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Lernziele: Level 1

This is a self-assessment of what I know and can do in German.

Ill mark my progress as well as my weaknesses in order to see: what I can do, what I know, and
where I can still make progress in listening, reading, writing and speaking German. When Ive
accomplished these goals, I can add other learning goals of my own.

: I can do or I know what is described and am satisfied.


: I dont feel sure and therefore must practice more.
: Im having difficulty and must work harder at this topic.

Kapitel 5

I can
1. shop for groceries and make a purchase.
2. write a shopping list.
3. read and understand recipes.
4. say what foods I do and do not like.
5. listen to and understand short dialogs of
people shopping.
6.
7.
8.

I know
1. the vocabulary for different foods.
2. ...metric volume and weights.
3. the plural forms for some nouns.
4. the question word wann and its answers.
5. the importance of learning the gender and
plural form of all nouns.
6. how to pronounce the umlauted vowels.
7. how the articles of masculine nouns change
in the accusative case.
8. some verbs that take the accusative case.
9.
10.
11.

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Lernziele: Level 1

This is a self-assessment of what I know and can do in German.

Ill mark my progress as well as my weaknesses in order to see: what I can do, what I know, and
where I can still make progress in listening, reading, writing and speaking German. When Ive
accomplished these goals, I can add other learning goals of my own.

: I can do or I know what is described and am satisfied.


: I dont feel sure and therefore must practice more.
: Im having difficulty and must work harder at this topic.

Kapitel 6

I can
1. ...talk about my family.
2. say and write the date.
3. talk about birthdays.
4. read and understand short texts about
peoples families.
5. listen to and understand short dialogs of
people talking about their families.
6.
7.
8.

I know
1. the vocabulary for the family.
2. ...the possessive adjectives in the singular
and the plural.
3. when to add endings to possessive
adjectives in the nominative and accusative.
4. the ordinal numbers and months of the
year.
5. the simple past forms of sein and haben.
6.
7.
8.

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Lernziele: Level 1

This is a self-assessment of what I know and can do in German.

Ill mark my progress as well as my weaknesses in order to see: what I can do, what I know, and
where I can still make progress in listening, reading, writing and speaking German. When Ive
accomplished these goals, I can add other learning goals of my own.

: I can do or I know what is described and am satisfied.


: I dont feel sure and therefore must practice more.
: Im having difficulty and must work harder at this topic.

Kapitel 7

I can
1. ...describe where I am located.
2. ask for and give directions.
3. give directions and understand directions
given to me.
4. read an e-mail and short ads describing a
city and its attractions.
5. listen to and understand a person talking
about a workplace environment.
6.
7.
8.

I know
1. the vocabulary for buildings and locations
in a city.
2. ...the vocabulary for means of transportation.
3. imperative forms in the formal and familiar.
4. comparative and superlative forms of
adjectives and adverbs.
5. how to change articles to form the dative
case.
6. some prepositions that take the dative case
and their contractions.
7.
8.
9.

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Lernziele: Level 1

This is a self-assessment of what I know and can do in German.

Ill mark my progress as well as my weaknesses in order to see: what I can do, what I know, and
where I can still make progress in listening, reading, writing and speaking German. When Ive
accomplished these goals, I can add other learning goals of my own.

: I can do or I know what is described and am satisfied.


: I dont feel sure and therefore must practice more.
: Im having difficulty and must work harder at this topic.

Kapitel 8

I can
1. ...read and understand ads for apartments.
2. talk about my apartment search.
3. ask questions and inform myself about an
apartment.
4. express wishes and opportunities.
5. write a short dialog between someone
looking for an apartment and a landlord.
6.
7.
8.

I know
1. the vocabulary for the floor plan of a house.
2. ...common abbreviations used in ads for
housing.
3. how to conjugate the modal verbs wollen
and knnen
4. how to use modal verbs with the correct
word order.
5. how to form past participles.
6. how to form the present perfect tense with
haben + the past participle
7. the word order for the present perfect
tense.
8.
9.
10.

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Lernziele: Level 1

This is a self-assessment of what I know and can do in German.

Ill mark my progress as well as my weaknesses in order to see: what I can do, what I know, and
where I can still make progress in listening, reading, writing and speaking German. When Ive
accomplished these goals, I can add other learning goals of my own.

: I can do or I know what is described and am satisfied.


: I dont feel sure and therefore must practice more.
: Im having difficulty and must work harder at this topic.

Kapitel 9

I can
1. ...talk about events in the past.
2. read and understand a resume.
3. talk about myself and everyday things Ive
done in the past tense.
4. ask others about personal information.
5. listen to someone talking about their past
and understand.
6. read a text in the past tense and produce
questions about it.
7. write sentences describing events in the
past.
8.
9.
10.

I know
1. the correct word order for the present
perfect and understand the verbal bracket
structure.
2. ...the rules when to use sein versus haben in
the present perfect tense.
3. the exceptions to these rules.
4. how to use the prepositions vor, nach and
seit in the dative case with time expressions.
5.
6.
7.
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Lernziele: Level 1

This is a self-assessment of what I know and can do in German.

Ill mark my progress as well as my weaknesses in order to see: what I can do, what I know, and
where I can still make progress in listening, reading, writing and speaking German. When Ive
accomplished these goals, I can add other learning goals of my own.

: I can do or I know what is described and am satisfied.


: I dont feel sure and therefore must practice more.
: Im having difficulty and must work harder at this topic.

Kapitel 10

I can
1. ...talk about the workplace environment and
occupations.
2. state my likes and dislikes.
3. communicate on the telephone at work.
4. read and understand job ads.
5. read short texts of people describing their
work and answer questions about it.
6. role play short interview situations between
a job interviewer and an applicant.
7.
8.
9.

I know
1. some vocabulary for occupations.
2. ...how to pronounce ich, ach, and sch.
3. how to conjugate the modal verb mssen.
4. how to form ordinal numbers.
5.
6.
7.

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Lernziele: Level 1

This is a self-assessment of what I know and can do in German.

Ill mark my progress as well as my weaknesses in order to see: what I can do, what I know, and
where I can still make progress in listening, reading, writing and speaking German. When Ive
accomplished these goals, I can add other learning goals of my own.

: I can do or I know what is described and am satisfied.


: I dont feel sure and therefore must practice more.
: Im having difficulty and must work harder at this topic.

Kapitel 11

I can
1. ...name the parts of the body.
2. communicate at a doctors office.
3. talk about fitness.
4. describe medical problems.
5. make, postpone, and cancel appointments.
6. role play short interview situations between
a doctor and a patient.
7.
8.
9.

I know
1. some vocabulary for parts of the body.
2. ...how to conjugate the modal verbs drfen
and sollen.
3. when to use doch to answer yes/no
questions.
4. how to form all three imperative forms for
regular and irregular verbs.
5. the two ways of pronouncing r.
6.
7.
8.

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Lernziele: Level 1

This is a self-assessment of what I know and can do in German.

Ill mark my progress as well as my weaknesses in order to see: what I can do, what I know, and
where I can still make progress in listening, reading, writing and speaking German. When Ive
accomplished these goals, I can add other learning goals of my own.

: I can do or I know what is described and am satisfied.


: I dont feel sure and therefore must practice more.
: Im having difficulty and must work harder at this topic.

Kapitel 12

I can
1. make travel arrangements.
2. ...gather information on hotels and places to
stay.
3. purchase tickets.
4. talk about the weather.
5. understand travel ads.
6. recommend attractions and activities for a
visitor to my city.
7.
8.
9.

I know
1. some vocabulary for travel.
2. ...the pronouns in the nominative and
accusative cases.
3. when to use the dative or accusative
following two-way prepositions.
4. some common constructions that use es.
5.
6.
7.

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