GERM 2204 - German IIB: Language

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

Building on German IIA, this course is aimed to further develop students' proficiency in the four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing ? and provide students with a greater understanding of various aspects of German society and culture.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GERM 2204
    Course German IIB: Language
    Coordinating Unit German Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites GERM 2203 or equivalent, new SACE Stage 2 Continuers' German with a scaled grade of B or higher or equivalent
    Incompatible GERM 1003
    Course Description Building on German IIA, this course is aimed to further develop students' proficiency in the four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing ? and provide students with a greater understanding of various aspects of German society and culture.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Judith Wilson

    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 this course students will have:
    1) a language proficiency in German corresponding to Level B1 of the Common European Framework for Languages
    2) a greater knowledge and understanding of the structure and conventions governing the use of German and an ability to use them to communicate effectively in a broader range of situations and for a broader range of purposes
    3) a greater knowledge and understanding of aspects of German culture and society
    4) the ability to make effective use of the available resources for German and German Studies to answer questions and explore problems relating to German language, society and culture
    5) the ability to communicate information and ideas in the target language coherently and reasonably accurately
    6) an awareness of cultural differenc/s and the ability to reflect on oneself and one's own culture from the point of view of another culture 7) the ability to work independently and cooperatively to explore issues relating to German language, society and culture
    8) a foundation for further study and research in German language and culture and for travel, study or work in a German-speaking environment

    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 8
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Language Workshop & Tut: Moeller, J et al. Kaleidoskop 8th edition, Student Activities Manual & Premium Website Printed Access Card, 2012 (Cengage) We will start work with this text and associated materials straight away so it is important that you purchase it or e-access to it before the beginning of the semester if you don't have it already.
    There are two options to purchase these materials:
    1) online as an ebundle which includes the eBook, the eSAM and the Premium Website access (see the Unibooks website)
    2) individually as a printed book, the eSAM and the Premium Website access (again see the Unibooks website)

    Recommended Resources

    Students should ensure that they have access to a good German dictionary. Check this site to see what is available:
    Online Learning

     The Premium Website Printed Access Card, 2012 (Cengage), provides students with access to the materials available online for the language course. Students will be required to use the eSAM to submit homework assignments.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The modes of teaching and learning employed in the course are largely classroom-based and face-to-face. The language workshops are designed to extend students’ reading and listening comprehension, their command of written and spoken German and their understanding of German grammar and its application. The tutorials are focussed more on listening and speaking.

    Students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their learning through:

    1) independent personal study
    2) independent e-learning
    3) online use of other resources

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

    In addition to the 3 contact hours, each week students are expected to devote time as below to their German studies:

    Homework and test preparation 4
    Vocab learning and oral and listening practice 3
    Revision, reading and other independent work 2

    If you want to be successful in improving your language skills then you need to take the time regularly to revise, practise, prepare, learn vocab etc. outside class time. 
    Learning Activities Summary

    A detailed program for the language workshop and tutorial will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

    Small Group Discovery Experience

    Students will be given the opportunity to work independently and cooperatively to explore questions and issues that arise in the course and to embark on their own quest to discover more about aspects of contemporary Germany and the German language.
  • 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, conversation tutorial (participation, performance, oral exam or equivalent), end-of semester test.
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Language classes – students are expected to attend all classes. In all cases, it is the student’s responsibility to contact their lecturer or course coordinator about their absence and to ensure that they get any material that may have been handed out in the class/es missed. Students who require alternative arrangements for tests or extensions for assignments must notify staff before the due date and must provide evidence that they have legitimate medical or compassionate grounds for their request.
    Conversation tutorial – as the tutorial mark is based on participation and performance, attendance is compulsory. Students who are obliged to miss a tutorial are asked to provide their tutor with a reason.
    Assessment Detail
    Detailed information will be provided in the Course Profile on MyUni.
    Detailed information will be provided in the Course Profile on MyUni.
    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.

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