GERM 1003 - German IB: Beginners' German

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

This course is a sequel to German IA: Beginners' German. It continues the intensive language training undertaken in German IA. Aspects of German culture will again form an integral part of language instruction throughout the semester.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GERM 1003
    Course German IB: Beginners' German
    Coordinating Unit German Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites GERM 1002 or equivalent
    Incompatible Not available to students who obtained B or higher in SACE Stage 2 German or equivalent
    Course Description This course is a sequel to German IA: Beginners' German. It continues the intensive language training undertaken in German IA. Aspects of German culture will again form an integral part of language instruction throughout the semester.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Simon Walsh

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of the course students will:
    1) have a language proficiency corresponding to Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
    2) have a sound knowledge and understanding of the basic structures and conventions governing the use of German and an ability to use them to communicate in German in a range of familiar everyday situations
    3) have a broader knowledge of relevant aspects of German culture and society
    4) be able to locate and make effective use of reference resources related to German and German Studies, including dictionaries, grammars, authentic texts and electronic resources
    5) be able to apply what they have learned to answer questions and resolve problems in German within identified timeframes
    6) have developed a greater awareness of what is different about the German language and the German culture and the impact such differences can have on communication and intercultural relations
    7) be able to work independently and cooperatively to explore and respond to questions and issues relating to the language and the context/s in which it is used
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2, 7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4, 5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Funk, Hermann & Christiane Kuhn. studio 21 - Grundstufe: A2: Gesamtband - Das Deutschbuch: Kurs- und Uebungsbuch mit DVD-ROM. Cornelsen.
    Students will use this book for the whole semester, starting in week one.
    Students should also make use of the material available on the Cornelsen studio 21 website:
    Online Learning
    Online materials are available at:

    You will also find useful additional material on German grammar at these sites:

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The modes of teaching and learning employed in the course are largely classroom-based and face-to-face, but there is a lot of support material for the course available online at the Cornelsen website, and additional material will be provided on MyUni.
    The course consists of two two-hour workshops that are designed to develop all four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. At the same time the course encourages the development of the appropriate background knowledge of cultural contexts necessary for cultural competence in communication.
    Students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their learning through:
    1) independent personal study
    2) independent e-learning
    3) online use of all available resources


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    2x2 hour language tutorial 48 hours per semester
    5 hours homework & test preparation 60 hours per semester
    4 hourse vocab learning & oral & listening practice 48 hours per semester
    Total 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    In this course we will aim to complete one thematic unit per week. studio 21 A2 follows on from studio 21 A1. It provides students with the vocab and expressions and the cultural knowledge and understanding they need to communicate effectively in a broader range of everyday situations. Students will be given a detailed course outline at the beginning of the semester.
    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no specific course requirements beyond those already mentioned.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Regular assessments and tests, an end-of-semester test and oral exam.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are expected to attend all 4 hours per week. In all cases, it is students’ responsibility to contact lecturers/coordinators about any absence and to ensure that they obtain any material handed out in classes missed. Students need to check their Adelaide student email regularly for reminders and updates! Students are also expected to spend 8 hours per week outside class time working with the books and online. This is an intensive course aiming to get students to approximately the level of A2 by the end of the year, so the classes go fast and it is essential that students take the time regularly to revise, practise, prepare, learn vocab. etc. outside class time. Students who require alternative arrangements for tests must notify staff at least 4 weeks in advance. Students who require an extension must notify staff before the due date and must provide evidence that they have legitimate medical or compassionate grounds for the request.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcome/s
    Homework Formative & Summative 15% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
    Vocab Tests Formative & Summative 10% 1, 2, 5
    Clas Test Formative & Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
    Oral Test Summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
    Semester Test Summative 45% 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

    Information on submission will be provided in the detailed Course Outline that students receive at the beginning of the semester.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
    Sometimes things go wrong. Staff in German Studies are always sympathetic towards students with genuine problems. We recommend that students let us know about any difficulties or disabilities affecting their academic performance as soon as possible. Staff will always do their best to help students if they are aware that they have a problem and need assistance.
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

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