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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
Students spend between six and nine hours per week outside of class in activities such as learning vocabulary, reading, completing written exercises, working on pronunciation, preparing oral presentations, and working with the multimedia files that accompany the text.
VI. Catalog Course Description
In this interactive course students acquire a basic knowledge of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German. It continues to place emphasis on oral proficiency, listening, comprehension, and grammatical accuracy. Cultural background accompanies each chapter.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. acquire and demonstrate an elementary degree of competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing;
      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.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I
      Cultural Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices.

      Category III
      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    Grammatical topics

    The alphabet and numbers (from 0 to 1000)
    Nouns (gender and definite articles)
    Plural forms (definite articles and nouns)
    Indefinite articles ein and kein
    Present tense of sein and regular verbs
    Telling time and expressions of time
    Subject and subject completion
    Nominative case and interrogative pronouns wer and was
    Nominative endings of adjectives, der words, and ein words
    Accusative case and interrogative pronouns wen and was
    Accusative endings of adjectives, der words, and ein words
    versus sein
    Verbs with stem-vowel changes in the present tense

    Vocabulary and social contexts

    Greetings and responding to greetings
    Introducing yourself
    Making phone calls and addressing letters
    Weather and the seasons, student life, everyday activities and objects, colors, nationality
    Friends, leisure activities, clothing, and possessions
    Expressing likes, dislikes, and preferences
    Family, shopping, everyday objects, and occupations
    Describing people, places, and things

    Cultural contexts

    Studying at a German university
    Social implications of du, ihr, and Sie
    Making phone calls and addressing letters
    Landscapes and climate of the German-speaking countries
    University life
    The Angles and Saxons (why German and English are similar)
    The cuckoo clock
    Liechtenstein
    Ethnic diversity in Germany
    English words in German
    Austria
    Family life in the German-speaking countries
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

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

    3. Core (if applicable)
      1. Cultural Perspectives: Students take quizzes/tests or complete sections of quizzes/tests which examine the cultural topics presented in the course and in which they compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices of some German-speaking people.
      2. International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives: Students take quizzes/tests or complete sections of quizzes/tests in which they articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students use text, audio program, workbook, and multimedia resources of first-year proficiency-based German program. See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

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