GRMN110 Elementary German I
Department of Language & Literature: German
Course Number and TitleGRMN110 Elementary German I
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
Other Pertinent InformationStudents 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.
Catalog Course DescriptionIn 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.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- acquire and demonstrate an elementary degree of competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing;
- 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.
- Core (if applicable) Category I
- compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices.
- articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
Cultural PerspectivesStudents will:
International, Gender, and/or Minority PerspectivesStudents will:
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
Verbs with stem-vowel changes in the present tense
Vocabulary and social contexts
Greetings and responding to greetings
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
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
The Angles and Saxons (why German and English are similar)
The cuckoo clock
Ethnic diversity in Germany
English words in German
Family life in the German-speaking countries
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course Students
- take quizzes and tests;
- complete assignments, such as short compositions and grammatical exercises;
- perform listening comprehension exercises; and
- participate in oral interviews and/or presentations that assess proficiency levels.
- Core (if applicable)
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection 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