German Intermediate Language & Culture A

Subject 670-231 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours of language and culture seminars and a 1-hour lecture per week
Total Time Commitment: 4 contact hours/week , 4 additional hours/week. Total of 8 hours per week.
Prerequisites: 25 points of beginners German or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Heather Benbow


Heather Benbow
Subject Overview: This subject uses authentic written and audio-visual texts to expand students' ability to understand, speak and write German. The lecture introduces students to central aspects of the literature, culture and linguistics of German-speaking countries. Students will be introduced to specialised terminology and should develop analytical skills relevant to the topic area. On completion of the subject students should have attained a moderate level of complexity in speaking, aural comprehension, reading and writing of German and a level of competency required for admittance into GERM10002 (German Intermediate Language & Culture B) .
  • acquire and expand language skills through intensive language training;
  • increase their vocabulary to a moderate level of complexity in speaking, aural understanding, reading and writing of German;
  • achieve the level of competency required for admittance into Intermediate German C and D.
Assessment: A 2-hour examination 40% (during examination period), two listening tests equivalent to 500 words 10% (mid and end of semester), written work equivalent to 1000 words 30% (during semester), a 5-minute oral presentation equivalent to 250 words 10% (during semester), and vocabulary tests equivalent to 250 words 10% (during semester).
Prescribed Texts: A reader for the lecture and culture seminar will be available from the book shop.
  • Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (Jamie Rankin and Larry D. Wells) (latest) Houghton Mifflin
  • Arbertsheft/Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (Rankin and Wells)
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:
  • have developed their speaking and listening skills in a foreign language further;
  • be able to express themselves in a variety of contexts;
  • be aware of a number of cultural themes relevant to the German-speaking world in the modern era;
  • be able to work efficiently as a team member and have an understanding of social and cultural diversity.
Notes: This subject is only available at first year level for students commencing the intermediate language stream. Students enrolled in the beginners stream should enrol at second year level. Students who have completed 126-005 Intermediate German A may not enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (German)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: German
German Major

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