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German 1 (GERM10004)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeGERM10004
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
Winter Term
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This is an introductory subject for students with little or no knowledge of German. Its goal is to generate a firm grounding in the basics of German grammar and language structure in conjunction with the development of cultural literacy (including a sensitivity to the social contexts of communication). Students acquire a basic vocabulary, learn to discern and employ the structures, patterns and grammatical features of a foreign language, and develop the ability to engage with simple texts. Students reach a level of simple text production (eg. letters, emails, personal résumés or family backgrounds). Students will learn how to converse in a number of different informal communicative situations and begin to use language in limited formal settings. The study of culture is integrated into language acquisition and is designed to develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. This engagement with a range of different authentic texts and media will be embedded in the learning about key aspects of German, Austrian and Swiss culture.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to interpret and synthesize information from biographical and journalistic texts, popular media such as film and television and shorter literary texts;
  • be able to read and write personal narratives about events in the present and past with a high degree of accuracy;
  • be able to use an elementary vocabulary from a wider range of everyday communicative situations about the self, family, occupations and pastimes as well as use basic grammatical and syntactic forms of German including basic elements of the tense and case system;
  • be able to understand and use idiomatic and conversational forms appropriately in a range of informal and formal settings;
  • be able to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library and the internet;
  • have become familiar with German cultural traditions and practices, and to appreciate regional diversity;
  • have developed a differentiated and informed understanding of self and other and of cross-cultural exchange, apprehend and appreciate features of the interaction of language and identity, and develop an openness to the world and an awareness of cultural and historical contexts;
  • have acquired time management and planning skills through managing and organizing workloads and develop analytical skills, learning strategies and the ability to process, organize and integrate information;
  • be able to work effectively in groups in both English and German and develop the ability to reflect on their language learning process.


Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library and the internet;
  • be able to develop a differentiated and informed understanding of self and other and of cross-cultural exchange;
  • have acquired time management and planning skills through managing and organizing workloads;
  • have developed analytical skills, learning strategies and the ability to process, organize and integrate information;
  • have developed an openness to the world and an awareness of cultural and historical contexts;
  • be able to apprehend and appreciate features of the interaction of language and identity.

Last updated: 17 January 2018