GRMN152-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Elementary German Language B

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


A German language course that follows on from GRMN 151, based on the communicative approach.

This course is the second semester of introductory German language.  It assumes a command of basic structures and vocabulary such as that acquired in GRMN151.  In grammatical terms this means a familiarity with the present and perfect tense of verbs, modal verb constructions, the ability to construct sentences with accusative and dative objects, and a familiarity with subordinate sentences with ‘weil’ and ‘wenn’, and two-way prepositions.

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 will be able to understand and participate in German conversations about everyday life. Your vocabulary will include common topics such as food, travel, health and hygiene, and relationships. You will be familiar with dialogue patterns in a restaurant, train station, and at the doctor’s surgery; in addition you should be able to talk about events in the past and you should be able to express a range of wishes in an appropriate manner.  Reading is a component of the course, and you will be able to read and understand a variety of German literature such as fairy tales and short stories (easy readers). You will also practice writing intensively and should be able to describe events in the past.

Optional external language proficiency exams:
After this course you will be able to sit an internationally recognised Goethe Institut exam, level A1 or A2. The exams will take place at the University of Canterbury. The date will be on a Saturday in October. The exact date will be announced at the beginning of September. The cost is approx. $80.

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.


GRMN151 or equivalent


GRMN115, GRMN106

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Karl Popper 612 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 Ernest Rutherford 460 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 443 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 225 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Vera Leier


Required Texts

Tschirner, Erwin P. , Nikolai, Brigitte., Terrell, Tracy D;; Kontakte : a Communicative Approach; 6th edition; McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 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.

All GRMN152 Occurrences

  • GRMN152-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018
  • GRMN152-18S2 (D) Semester Two 2018 (Distance)