GRMN201 Intermediate German I

Department of Language & Literature: German

I. Course Number and Title
GRMN201 Intermediate German I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
GRMN111 (C or better) or equivalent
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, working on pronunciation, preparing oral presentations, and working with the multimedia files that accompany the text.

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

VI. Catalog Course Description
This course reviews basic essentials of vocabulary and grammatical constructions and presents constructions not studied in the Elementary sequence and provides material for a solid foundation in conversation and composition. This course continues to place emphasis on knowledge and appreciation of the culture of German-speaking countries.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. acquire and demonstrate increasing competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing [Arts/Humanities];
    2. recognize and respond appropriately and with increasing detail to the most common spoken situations;
    3. demonstrate ability to write increasingly complex sentences in German; and
    4. explain an increasing number of aspects of life in the German-speaking countries [Diversity].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Grammatical topics:

    Genitive case: interrogative pronoun wessen and adjective endings
    Simple past
    Comparative and superlative
    Infinitive expressions with zu
    Special verb-preposition combinations
    Past perfect tense

    Vocabulary and social topics:

    Finding a place to live and discussing the pros and cons of locations
    Living space and living arrangements
    Telling stories
    Expressing feelings and emotions
    Describing people, places, and things
    Talking about travel and vacation plans
    Means of transportation

    Cultural contexts:

    The Brothers Grimm
    Fairy tales -- cultural-historical aspects and influences
    German inventions shaping the modern world
    German automobile industry
    Cycling in Germany
    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 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, workbook, and multimedia resources of second-year proficiency-based German program. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 3/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 4/2011; New Core 8/2015