GRMN252-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Intermediate German Language B

15 points
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 is the second semester and continuation of the intermediate German language course GRMN251. You should have knowledge of intermediate German grammar structures and vocabulary equivalent to A2, European framework. In this course you will work on all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. You will complete regular grammar and writing assignments, and there will be ample opportunity to speak and listen in a classroom setting and also online using i.e. Facebook and Instagram. You are encouraged to read German newspaper articles and a book in German during the term break.

At the end of the course students will have German proficiency equivalent to level B1, Common European Framework (CEFR).

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 functional literacy, reading, writing, speaking and listening. By the end of the course you will 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 TV shows and talking books. Students will also develop skills in digital literacy, searching in German on the internet, evaluating German online resources, individually remixing internet information for presenting in class.

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.

External Exams
After this course you will be able to sit the Goethe Institute exam, level B1. The exam will take place at the University of Canterbury at the beginning of October and costs approx. $100.

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.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

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.


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 Karl Popper 413 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Vera Leier


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Learn-online vocab quizzes (5 @ 1%) 5%
Homework assignments (5 @ 2%) 10%
In-class quizzes (4 @ 6%) 24%
Facebook posts (5 @ 1%) 5%
Written tests (2 @ 20%) 40%
Oral test in term 1 6%
Oral test in term 2 10%


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.

All GRMN252 Occurrences

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