Introductory German I (Revision 4)
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Area of Study: Humanities
Precluded Course: GERM 202 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit to GERM 200 or GERM 201.
GERM 202 has a Challenge for Credit option.
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
- 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 “D” (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|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Textbook and Electronic Materials
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.
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.
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