Elementary German 2 - 1st year

Continues the introduction to spoken and written German for students with some previous knowledge of the language and some previous course work. The course content will include language and vocabulary used in situational contexts and cultural and historical information about regions where German is spoken. All four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on improving proficiency in oral/aural communication and on developing reading comprehension and accurate writing skills.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Recognize and use vocabulary appropriate for situations likely to be encountered by language learners;

2. Demonstrate basic written German language skills;

3. Communicate with native speakers of German;

4. Demonstrate an enhanced appreciation and understanding of German culture;

5. Read short authentic passages;

6. Demonstrate improved listening comprehension in German;

7. Demonstrate understanding of basic elements of German grammar.


Course topics will include the following:

1. Vocabulary

2. Listening

3. Speaking

4. Reading

5. Writing

6. Culture

7. Grammar

Method of Instruction:

1. Lecture

2. Discussion

3. Group/pair work

4. Language Lab

Types of Assignments:

1. Language Lab

2. Textbook exercises

3. Vocabulary study

Sample Text:

1. Kontakte by Terrell, Schirner, Nikolai, Genzmer (2000)