GRMN251 Advanced German II

Department of Language & Literature: German

I. Course Number and Title
GRMN251 Advanced German II
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
GRMN250 (C or better) or equivalent
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course emphasizes a greater mastery of spoken and written German, acquired through study of more complex language structure, reading and discussing current newspaper and magazine articles, listening to German radio broadcasts, reading more advanced literary texts, and deeper study of the culture and history of the German-speaking countries. Texts will change every year.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    This course focuses on further re-enforcing, refining, and expanding mastery of the essentials of effective communication. It also introduces some advanced grammatical constructs not encountered before, provides more difficult listening situations demanding more complete and complex responses, and introduces more difficult authentic German texts, both literary and factual, to produce a deeper understanding of the culture, history, and sociology of the German-speaking countries.



    Students will

    1. appreciate diverse cultural views by establishing familiarity with, empathy for, and awareness of cultures.

    OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to

    1. compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices.


    The students explore world cultures and/or the complexities of gender and/or minority groups. They reflect upon the interrelation of diverse cultures and/or groups and the ways in which those perspectives broaden the scope of the students' understanding of identity.

    OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to

    1. articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.


    The students learn to work effectively in small groups, to develop cooperative relationships among people of diverse ages and backgrounds, and to appreciate the responsibility inherent in working with others. They also learn that problems may have more than one possible solution.

    OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to

    1. practice effective small group communication skills.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    Advanced communicative competence is the goal of this course. To accomplish this, students will work on all four components of effective language learning, within a current, culturally-accurate context. A review of grammatical structures, with the introduction of more difficult and previously untaught points, will help students to express themselves correctly in both written and oral work. These structures include work in the double infinitive construction, extended-adjective modifiers, indirect discourse, and a thorough review of the cases, tenses, subjunctive and passive voice. There will be increased emphasis placed on vocabulary-building and idiomatic expressions. Students will read more advanced but varied authentic texts, including , for example, short stories, dramas, poetry, articles, and advertisements, for both reading comprehension and as a basis for discussion. They will then write more advanced compositions, letters, critiques, and analyses, depending on the topic under discussion. This will expand their vocabulary and give them access to some elements of the social, political, and cultural realities of the German-speaking world today. Students will read current articles from German magazines, and newspapers on topics of current interest and then discuss them for linguistic problems and content. Students will listen to audio tapes of authentic German radio broadcasts and interviews, do extensive exercises for listening comprehension; then discuss and write about the passages. The course will be conducted entirely in German.

    Students will be expected to spend a minimum of 6 to 9 hours per week outside of class, learning vocabulary, reading assignments, answering questions, writing compositions, and preparing oral presentations. They are also expected to master the material on the tapes.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    German intermediate/advanced level proficiency based program, consisting of a review grammar and a cultural/conversational reader and activities book. Current newspaper and magazine articles from Spiegel, Focus, Stern, Wochenschau and Internet sources. Video programs, such as Lindenstrasse from ARD and Tagesschau from ZDF provide more extensive authentic language experiences. Schau ins Land will be used for audio segments.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Teaching methods will include progressive grammatical exercises, moving from controlled through semi-controlled patterns to creative work. Students will get both oral and written practice in these patterns, and then do free-form communication individually, and then in both pair and group work. Students will continue to refine their pronunciation and spontaneous language production skills in dialogues, free discussion, responding to questions and conducting interviews with each other. Students will continue to refine their listening and reading comprehension skills through the assigned readings, class discussions, and audio and video tape work. Extensive free writing assignments aid in mastering the use of a German dictionary. Active student participation is essential.

  • Evaluation of Student Work:

    Students will be evaluated by means of quizzes, tests, oral and written presentations designed to measure oral proficiency, listening and reading comprehension, and grammatical accuracy. Attendance and active participation play an important part in determining grades for this class.
  • Review/Approval Date - 3/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04