Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


In this course, students will acquire the advanced conversational skills (listening, speaking, pronunciation) that are needed to participate confidently in spoken discourse in German-speaking countries. Students engage in self-directed online study focusing on phonological elements and communicative strategies. In the weekly tutorials, they get an opportunity to apply this apply this knowledge and practice their skills in holding a conversation in German.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply knowledge of German phonological elements (e.g. stress and intonation patterns).

2. Comprehend information in spoken interactions.

3. Communicate orally with advanced-level fluency.

4. Use strategies for turn-taking, monitoring mutual understanding and repair misunderstandings in oral communication.

5. Reflect on their language learning process.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Listening for gist and specific information in spoken German discourse.
  • Practising pronunciation (including stress and intonation) of German words and sentences.
  • Speaking about a variety of everyday/familiar and abstract topics (for example: holidays, environment, media, society).
  • Strategies for effectively partaking in German discourse (turn-taking, monitoring mutual understanding, and repairing misunderstandings).

Assumed knowledge

GRMN2502 or equivalent

Assessment items

Portfolio: Portfolio (50%)

Quiz: 2 x Quiz (20%)

Project: Project (30%)

Contact hours



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

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