GRMN251-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance)

Intermediate German Language A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


This is the first of two intermediate German language courses. This course aims at extending vocabulary and grammatical structures which will be used to discuss and write about simple topics in contemporary German and German-speaking culture and society.

This course will work on all four language skill areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will complete regular grammar and writing assignments, and they will have ample opportunity to speak and listen in the classroom setting. Throughout, we will emphasize building vocabulary and communication skills, which will be used to discuss German cultural and political topics. Students will practice more extensive reading skills by reading a fictional text (Lektüre) during term break.

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 A2/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.

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.


GRMN152, or
20 credits at NCEA Level 3 German, or
a placement test. Note: Students with Level 2 NCEA should apply to take an online placement test.


GRMN108, GRMN117

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Andi Dorrer


Marie-Henriette Wenzel


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Homework (Arbeitsblätter) assignments (5) 15% Fortnightly
Vokabquizzes (5) 10% fortnightly
Written tests (2) 40% Weeks 6 and 12
Oral test (1) 10% end of term 2
Encyclopaedia articles (2) 5% 1 per term
Essay (1) 20% end of semester

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Ursula Burkhardt, Iris Korte-Klimach, Ila Lützenkirchen; Passwort Deutsch 4 ; Klett Sprachen GmbH, 2013 (Kurs- und Übungsbuch + CD).

There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course.

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

Course links

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All GRMN251 Occurrences

  • GRMN251-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021
  • GRMN251-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance)