Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


With German being the most widely spoken first language in Europe, learning this language is a valuable addition to your professional skills. Learning a second language lets you explore other cultures, fosters your communication skills and – most importantly – it is fun! This language course develops your basic communicative competence in everyday German. It introduces you to the structural foundations of the German language with a focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Aspects of contemporary German culture and society are also discussed. This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of the language or insufficient knowledge to qualify for GRMN2501.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand and respond to simple oral and written texts in German.

2. Produce simple oral and written texts in German about selected topics of personal relevance and everyday life.

3. Identify and apply appropriate modes of interaction in German-speaking society informed by cross-cultural competence.

4. Show the capacity to think critically and reflect on their learning process.


This course introduces major linguistic structures of the German language through content that features cultural, social, geographical, historical and political aspects of German-speaking societies. These structures include the case system, the present tense, some past tense forms, and basic word order. Students will develop the four skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing with an emphasis on communicative competence.

Assumed knowledge


This course is designed for students who have no knowledge of the German language. It is recommended that students who are already competent or native speakers of this language undertake 2000 or 3000 level courses.

Assessment items

Portfolio: Portfolio 1 (40%)

Portfolio: Portfolio 2 (40%)

Quiz: Online Quizzes (20%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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