German Courses

Code Course Credits

GRM 131

Elementary German I

Offered: Fall Semester

For students with no previous study or 1-2 years of high school German. During the first semester students develop the ability to: when speaking and writing, use short sentences, learned words and phrases, simple questions, and commands; when listening, understand some ideas and familiar details presented in a clear, uncomplicated speech; when reading, understand short texts enhanced by visuals. During the second semester students expand their ability from the first semester, and develop the ability to: when speaking and listening, use and understand learned expressions, sentences, and strings of sentences, questions, and commands; when writing, create simple paragraphs; when reading, understand important ideas and some details in highly contextualized authentic texts. During both semesters content includes: the Self (family, friends, home, rooms, health, school, schedules, leisure activities, campus life, likes and dislikes, shopping, clothes, prices, sizes and quantity, pets and animals) and Beyond Self (geography, topography, direction, buildings and monuments, weather and seasons, symbols, cultural and historical figures, places and events, colors, numbers, days, dates, months, time, food and customs, transportation, travel, and professions and work.)

3

GRM 132

Elementary German II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of GRM 131 - Elementary German I.

Prerequisite(s): GRM 131 or equivalent.

3

GRM 231

Intermediate German I

Offered: Fall Semester

In the Intermediate courses students expand their previous ability in their foreign language, and develop the ability to: when speaking, use strings of related sentences; when listening, understand most spoken language when the message is deliberately and carefully conveyed by a speaker accustomed to dealing with learners; when writing, create simple paragraphs; when reading, acquire knowledge and new information from comprehensive authentic text. Content includes topics culturally pertinent to the language; e.g., history, art, literature, music, cultural affairs, and civilization, with an emphasis on significant people and events in these fields. Familiar topics may include career choices, the environment, social issues, and political issues.

Prerequisite(s): GRM 132 or equivalent.

3

GRM 233

German Through Film

Offered: Spring Semester

This fourth-semester course uses 5 contemporary German films and a myriad of activities around them to continue the development of skill related to the “5Cs” underlying foreign language pedagogy: Communication, Culture, Connection, Comparison, and Community.

Prerequisite(s): GRM 231 or equivalent.

3

GRM 331

Germany Since 1945

Offered: Fall Semester

For students with three or more years of German. In this fifth-semester course students expand their previous ability in their foreign language, and develop the ability to: when speaking, use simple dialogue of paragraph length in a series of cohesive and coherent paragraphs; when listening, understand most authentic spoken language; when writing, create a series of coherent paragraphs; when reading, acquire knowledge and new information from comprehensive authentic text. Content embraces concepts of broader cultural significance, including institutions, such as the educational system, the government, and political and social issues in the target culture. Both concepts and abstract topics of human and personal interest including music, literature, the arts, and the sciences.

Prerequisite(s): GRM 233 or 3-4 years of High School German.

3

GRM 333

Germany Today

Offered: Spring Semester

This sixth-semester course uses the latest events in Germany to refine the skills related to the “5Cs: underlying foreign language pedagogy: Communication, Culture, Connection, Comparison, and Community. Students read, view, discuss, and write about reports of those events in internet editions of German magazines and newspapers and internet videos.

Prerequisite(s): GRM 331 or equivalent.

3