German (GERM) 202

Introductory German I (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook), Computer access required.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: GERM 202 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit to GERM 200 or GERM 201.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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GERM 202 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of German. Students learn German speaking, listening, writing, reading, and comprehension skills within the cultural context of Europe today. The course, along with German 203, will enable students to speak and write simple German in a range of everyday situations.


Pre-units: Unit 1 to 5: First Steps

Chapter 1: Family, Countries, Language

  • the present tense of regular verbs
  • the nominative case
  • sentence structure: position of subject, linking verbs, and predicate adjectives
  • compound nouns

Chapter 2: Food and Shopping

  • the present tense of sein and haben
  • the accusative case
  • n-nouns
  • verb complements
  • coordinating conjunctions

Chapter 3: Eating In and Out

  • verbs with vowel changes
  • the dative case

Chapter 4: Holidays and Vacations

  • the present perfect with haben
  • the present perfect with sein
  • the structure of subordinate clauses

Chapter 5: City Life

  • personal pronouns
  • modal auxiliary verbs
  • sondern versus aber

General Course Objectives

German 202: Introductory German I presents students with the necessary skills to acquire a basic knowledge of the language and to communicate in German. The textbook, Wie geht's?, and the online resources are designed to achieve the following course objectives:

  • Writing: Students will learn how to express themselves in German in simple sentences.
  • Reading: After studying the Wie geht's? texts and learning the necessary vocabulary, students will understand texts at a similar level of difficulty.
  • Speaking: Students will communicate in German with German speakers using simple sentences modelled on dialogues and lab exercises.
  • Aural Comprehension: Students will understand the German of everyday situations spoken at moderate speed. The lab program and pronunciation sections of the lab manual will enhance students' listening skills.


The final grade in GERM 202 will be based on the grades students achieve on the assignments and the oral and written exams. To receive credit for the course you mustachieve an overall course grade of ā€œDā€ (50 percent) or better and must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on the written examination. All assignments are required in order to pass the course. The following indicates the assignments for credit and their weighting toward the final grade.

5 Written Assignments 4 Oral Assignments One Oral Exam One Written Exam Total
25% 20% 10% 45% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Textbook and Electronic Materials

Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

e-Text Sevin, Dieter and Ingrid Sevin. Wie geht's? An Introductory German Course. 9th ed. Boston: Thomson Heinle, 2011.

Wie geht's? Premium Website with supporting audio/visual materials and exercises.

AU Moodle course with Student Manual, Course Information, and written and oral exercises for credit.

A print version of the eText can be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided in the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the GERM 202 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least ā€œDā€(50 percent) on each part of the examination.

Oral Conversation Exam Total
30% 70% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4 February 17, 2015.

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Updated May 16 2016 by Student & Academic Services