Introductory German II (Revision 3)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook), Computer access required. Audio/video/CD-ROM component*.
*Overseas students, please contact the University Library before registering in a course that has an audio/visual component.
Area of Study: Humanities
Prerequisite: GERM 202 or equivalent.
Precluded Course: Students who have successfully completed GERM 201 may not take GERM 203 for credit.
GERM 203 has a Challenge for Credit option.
German 203: Introductory German II is a continuation of Athabasca University’s German 202. This course is intended for students who have completed German 202, one semester of university German or the equivalent.
In this course you reinforce and expand the speaking, listening, writing and reading skills you gained in German 202. You read about contemporary Germany, Switzerland and Austria and meet some important German authors.
Lesson 1: Homes, city life, public transportation and architecture
- two-way prepositions
Lesson 2: Hotels, banking, official time telling
- der- and ein-words
- separable-prefix verbs
- flavoring particles
Lesson 3: Postal service, telephones and travel
- genitive case
- time expressions
- sentence structure
Lesson 4: Hobbies, leisure activities, physical fitness
- adjective endings
- reflexive verbs
Lesson 5: Entertainment
- verbs with prepositional objects
- da- and wo- compounds
- endings of unpreceded adjectives
Lesson 6: Relationships
- simple past
- conjunctions als, wann, wenn
- past perfect
Lesson 7: Professions, education, employment
- comparison of adjectives and adverbs
- future tense
- predicate nouns
- adjectival nouns
General Course Objectives
German 203: Introductory German II presents students with the necessary skills to acquire a basic knowledge of the language and to communicate in German. The textbook, Wie geht's, along with the CD program, workbook / lab manual, and video component, 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 203 will be based on the grades students achieve on the assignments and the oral and written exams. To receive credit for the course you must achieve 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.
|4 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.
Textbooks and Electronic Materials
Sevin, Dieter and Ingrid Sevin. Wie geht's? An Introductory German Course. 8th ed. Boston: Thomson Heinle, 2007.
Wie geht's? Student Listening CD to accompany the “Hören Sie zu!” sections. (This CD is in the textbook.)
Wie geht's? Arbeitsbuch. Workbook/Lab Manual.
Wie geht's? Lab Audio CDs.
Wie geht's? DVD.
Wie geht's? Audioscript and Answer Key.
Optional: Horizon Wimba, an asynchronous voice discussion board and voice email program.
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.
Thomson Heinle provides a Wie geht's? website. The AU course guide and student manual are available on Moodle, the AU learning management system.
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 3, April 30, 2015.
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Updated December 15 2016 by Student & Academic Services