GRMN151-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)

Elementary German Language A

15 points
Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdraw Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty: Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 8 May 2020


German language course for beginners, i.e. students with no knowledge of German, based on the communicative approach.

This course is an introduction to German language, counting 15 points, 0.1250 EFTS. It is designed for absolute beginners – people with no prior knowledge of German. At the end of the course the students will have German proficiency equivalent to level A1, Common European framework (CEFR).  

Students in this language course are expected to attend class 4 times per week and being prepared to participate in everyday conversations and role-playing exercises. This is the most important component of your learning, where you can receive immediate feedback. The course also requires students to do work outside the classroom: Kahoot is used to practice vocabulary and Facebook to practice your informal writing. The students are also expected to use the workbook and audio exercises that are part of the textbook, for personal study.

Note on attendance:  Languages are learned by doing, and the tutorial-style sessions in this course are designed to create an atmosphere in which students can try out their language skills on each other.  If you do not attend regularly and do not keep up with the work, you will therefore not only be hindering your own progress, but you will also be holding back the other students with whom you are working.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course you will acquire skills in all four areas of the language-learning curriculum (reading, writing, speaking and listening). By the end of the course the average student will be able to understand interactions in everyday settings; in addition he or she will be able to name common objects of daily life, to express a range of basic wishes, and to use the present and past tenses to narrate simple events. Reading is a component of the course, and by the end of the semester students will be able to read brief texts and understand the fundamentals of German textual structures. Students will also practice writing intensively and will be able to narrate events and communicate basic information about themselves and their environment.

By learning a foreign language students will develop more understanding of global conditions and will become competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts. This will help the language students to develop knowledge and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

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.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


GRMN106, GRMN114

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Vera Leier


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Homework Assignments (10) 15%
Learn vocabulary quizzes (6) 6%
Facebook postings (5) 5%
In-class quizzes (7) 21%
Written tests (2) 40%
Oral test 13%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Tschirner, Erwin P. , Nikolai, Brigitte., Terrell, Tracy D;; Kontakte : a communicative approach; 8th edition; McGraw-Hill Higher Education (7th edition is also acceptable).

The UC bookshop stocks this textbook. An e-book version is available through
 The workbook – Arbeitsbuch – and audio CDs will also be used in this course but does not need to be purchased, photocopies of the workbook and audio files will be available on the intranet site to the students. The intranet learning platform for this course is hosted by ‘Learn-moodle’.

Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides: grmn

Course links

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* 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.

All GRMN151 Occurrences

  • GRMN151-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020
  • GRMN151-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)