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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
GRMN111 (C or better) or equivalent
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
This course reviews basic essentials of vocabulary and grammatical constructions and presents constructions not studied in the Elementary sequence. It 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. Learning Goals:

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

    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

    Two-case prepositions
    Verbs: stellen, legen, and hängen
    Genitive case: interrogative pronoun wessen and adjective endings
    Relative clauses and relative pronouns
    Reflexive pronouns
    Reflexive verbs
    Simple past
    Passive voice
    Special verb-preposition combinations

    Vocabulary and social contexts

    Finding a place to live and discussing the pros and cons of locations
    Ordering meals in restaurants
    Telling stories
    Expressing feelings and emotions
    Describing people, places, and things

    Cultural contexts

    Housing
    Eating out
    Luxemburg
    Newspapers and magazines
    The Grimm brothers
    The Berlin Wall
    The European Union
  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, workbook, and multimedia resources of second-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 - 3/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 4/2011