GERM 3203 - German IIIA: Language
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code GERM 3203 Course German IIIA: Language Coordinating Unit German Studies Term Semester 1 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 2204 or equivalent Course Description Building on the language work undertaken in German IIA and IIB, this course is aimed to further develop students' proficiency in the four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - through a combination of readings and reproductive and creative exercises. It also aims to enhance students' intercultural understanding through the use of authentic texts that focus on aspects of contemporary German society and promote comparison and discussion.
Course Coordinator: Dr Simon WalshDr. Stefan Hajduk
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will have:
1) a language proficiency in German corresponding to Level B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference 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 and the way they are represented
4) the ability to make effective use of the available resources for German and German Studies to answer questions and explore more complex issues relating to German language, society and culture
5) the ability to communicate information and ideas in the target language coherently and reasonably accurately
6) a greater 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 in more depth
8) a good 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) 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
3, 7 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
1-8 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
6 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
Koithan, Ute et. al., Aspekte neu B2 (Langenscheidt)
You need to have 1) Lehrbuch mit DVD 2) Arbeitsbuch mit Audio-CD
We will start work with this text and associated materials straight away so it is important that you purchase it before the beginning of the semester. You will be using it in both German IIIA & German IIIB Language.
Students should ensure that they have access to a good German dictionary. Check this site to see what is available:
Aspekte online materails are avaialble at:
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 tutorials 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 focused 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.
3 contact hours 36 hours per semester 4 hours homework & test preparation 48 hours per semester 3 hours vocab learning & oral & listening practice 36 hours per semester 3 hours revision, reading & other independent work 36 hours per semester Total 156 hours per semester
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 will be provided in the Course Outline students receive 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.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryRegular assessments and tests, conversation tutorial (participation, performance, oral exam or equivalent), end-of-semester test.
Assessment Related Requirements
Students are expected to attend all classes. 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. Please remember to check your Adelaide student email regularly for reminders and updates.
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 Task Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcome/s Homework Formative & Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Class Test Formative & Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 Semester Test Summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 Seminar & Tutorial - Participation & Performance Formative & Summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Oral examination Summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Oral & Written Presentation Formative & Summative 10% 1, 2, 5, 8
SubmissionDetailed information will be provided in the Course Outline students receive at the beginning of the semester.
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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