GRMN111 Elementary German II

Department of Language & Literature: German

I. Course Number and Title
GRMN111 Elementary German II
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
GRMN110 (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 interactive course continues the work of GRMN110; students continue to acquire a basic knowledge of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German. It continues to stress oral proficiency, listening, comprehension, and grammatical accuracy. German cultural background accompanies each chapter.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. acquire and demonstrate an elementary, but growing, degree of competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing;
      2. recognize and respond appropriately to more common spoken situations;
      3. demonstrate ability to write basic sentences with some added detail in German; and
      4. explain more common 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

    Modal verbs
    Separable-prefix verbs, verb-noun, and verb-verb combinations
    Accusative prepositions and personal pronouns
    The comparative and superlative
    Simple past of sein, haben, and modal verbs
    Perfect tense: regular and irregular verbs
    Verbs with separable and inseparable prefixes
    Ordinal numbers and dates
    Dative case: indirect object, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and prepositions
    Prepositions

    Vocabulary and social contexts

    Food and meals
    Purchasing and returning merchandise
    Buying and giving gifts
    Describing appearance and expressing personal tastes and opinions
    Talking about education and job qualifications

    Cultural contexts

    Switzerland
    Railways
    Soccer
    Munich and Berlin
    Vacations
    Immigration to North America from the German-speaking countries
    School systems in German-speaking countries
    Holidays and celebrations
  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. 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. (Cultural Perspectives)
      2. 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. (International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives)
  4. 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.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section 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