German (GERM) 302

Intermediate German I (Revision 2)

GERM 302

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with audio/video component.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: GERM 203, two semesters of introductory German or equivalent.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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GERM 302 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course is designed to further develop students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through the use of authentic materials (newspaper articles, letters, interviews, biographies, songs, poems and short fiction). Students will achieve these broad objectives:

  • Recognize the popular language of advertising and charts.
  • Skim a text for contextual understanding.
  • Read a passage for facts.
  • State an opinion about a current event.
  • Summarize an article orally and in writing.
  • Increase listening comprehension of German spoken at native speed.
  • Discuss leisure activities, social, political and economic issues.
  • Learn vocabulary and etiquette of modern communication methods (letters, email, telephone).
  • Speak and write about modern German families, short stories, poems, fairy tales, and music.

While accomplishing the above objectives, students will review these grammar concepts and learn to use them in grammatically correct sentences in both spoken and written German:

  • Present tense
  • Imperatives
  • Modal auxiliaries
  • Lassen
  • Future tense
  • Simple past tense
  • Present perfect
  • Past perfect
  • Infinitives
  • Verb position in statements, questions, clauses
  • Word order: time, manner, place, nicht
  • Independent and dependent clauses and conjunctions
  • Nominative case
  • Accusative case
  • Dative case

Students will improve their accent and fluency in spoken German after completing the oral components of the course.


To receive credit for GERM 302, you must submit all assignments, achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the written and oral exams. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

5 Written Exercises 4 Oral Exercises Oral Exam Written Exam Total
30% 10% 20% 40% 100%

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

Course Materials


Moeller, Jack, Barabara Mabee, Simone Berger, and Winnifred R. Adolph. Kaleidoskop. Kultur, Literature und Grammatik. Eighth edition. Heinle,Cengage Learning 2013.

Other materials

The course materials also include a password protected publisher's website featuring the audio texts and short films, vocabulary and grammar quizzes, and web links.

The optional voice software program Blackboard Voice is available from the course website as are all other course materials.

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 302 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (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 2, May 6, 2013.

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Updated May 16 2016 by Student & Academic Services