GRMN110 Elementary German I

Department of Language & Literature: German

I. Course Number and Title
GRMN110 Elementary German I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information

Students spend between six and nine hours per week outside of class in activities, such as reviewing vocabulary, reading, completing written exercises, writing compositions, working on pronunciation, preparing oral presentations, and working on other projects, which may include multimedia assignments.

This course meets the Arts/Humanities and Diversity General Education Goals.

VI. Catalog Course Description
In this interactive course students acquire a basic knowledge of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German. It places emphasis on oral proficiency, listening, comprehension, and grammatical accuracy. Cultural background accompanies each chapter.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. acquire and demonstrate an elementary degree of competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing [Arts/Humanities];
    2. recognize and respond appropriately to the most common spoken situations;
    3. demonstrate ability to write basic sentences in German; and
    4. explain some common aspects of life in the German-speaking countries [Diversity].

  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Grammatical topics:

    Nouns (gender and definite articles)
    Plural forms (definite articles and nouns)
    Indefinite articles ein and kein
    Present tense of sein, haben and the regular verbs
    Subject and subject pronouns
    Nominative case and interrogative pronouns wer and was
    Accusative case and interrogative pronouns wen and was
    haben versus sein
    Verbs with stem-vowel changes in the present tense
    Word order and sentence structure: regular, inverted, and interrogative
    nicht versus kein
    Possessive adjectives

    Vocabulary and social topics:

    Greetings and responding to greetings
    Introducing yourself
    Making phone calls and addressing letters
    The months and the seasons, student life, everyday activities and objects
    Friends, leisure activities, sports
    Expressing likes, dislikes, and preferences
    Family relationships, marital status, pets
    Describing people, places, and things

    Cultural contexts:

    Studying at a German university and student life
    Social implications of du, ihr, and Sie
    Overview of the German-speaking countries
    Family life in the German-speaking countries
    Focused presentation of a German-speaking country or region

  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. take quizzes and tests;
    2. complete assignments, such as readings and short compositions and grammatical exercises;
    3. perform listening comprehension exercises; and
    4. participate in oral interviews and/or presentations that assess proficiency levels.

    Quizzes and tests taken in class include the cultural topics presented in the course.

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use text, audio program, workbook, and multimedia resources of first-year proficiency-based German program. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 5/07; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 4/2011; New Core 8/2015