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
Course Learning Goals
- acquire and demonstrate an elementary degree of competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing [Arts/Humanities];
- recognize and respond appropriately to the most common spoken situations;
- demonstrate ability to write basic sentences in German; and
- explain some common aspects of life in the German-speaking countries [Diversity].
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
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
Vocabulary and social topics:
Greetings and responding to greetings
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
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
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
- take quizzes and tests;
- complete assignments, such as readings and short compositions and grammatical exercises;
- perform listening comprehension exercises; and
- 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.
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