GRMN252-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Intermediate German Language B

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This is the second of two intermediate German language courses. This course extends the reading, writing and discussion skills acquired in GRMN251 and places greater emphasis on writing and reading skills, including the reading of short stories.

This course will work on all four language skill areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will complete regular grammar and writing assignments as well as have ample opportunity to speak and listen in the classroom setting. Throughout we will build on the vocabulary and communication skills acquired in GRMN251 by discussing  contemporary German culture and current events. Students will extend their reading skills by reading a short detective story.

By the end of the course students should be able to read short newspaper and magazine articles and up to medium length fictional texts and understand their content. The average student will be able to engage in conversations with native speakers about every day topics, and will have knowledge of the main grammatical structures of the German language. At the end of the course students should be able to pass the Zertifikat Deutsch examination of the Goethe Institute.

This course leads on to GRMN321 German Language Advanced 1.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course you will acquire skills in all four areas of the language (reading, writing, speaking and listening).  By the end of the course you should be able to read intermediate level literature (level B1) and short newspaper articles in German.  Students will practice writing intensively and should be able to write a 200 word essay in German about a contemporary topic. The average student will be able to hold a conversation about everyday events and politics in German.  Students’ listening comprehension should reach a level where they can understand German television and radio programmes.

Goethe Institut External Exam: You are able to sit the Goethe Exam A2 or ZD after this course. The exam will take place at the University of Canterbury. The date will be on a Saturday in October. The exact date will be announced in the beginning of September. Entries are due by 7 September.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


GRMN251 or a placement test. Note: The course assumes a relatively high level of proficiency in German language. Even well prepared high school students should therefore enrol in GRMN251.


GRMN108, GRMN118

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Karl Popper 612 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 111 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 446 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Vera Leier


Required Texts

Passwort Deutsch 5; Albrecht, Ulrike; Ernst Klett Sprachen, 2009.

Course links

Library portal
LEARN The full Course Outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

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