German Beginners Language and Culture A

Subject GERM10004 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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: Four hours of language seminars per week
Total Time Commitment: 4 contact hours/week, 4 additional hours/week. Total of 8 hours per week.
Prerequisites: none
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: none
Non Allowed Subjects: Formerly available as 126-126 German Beginners Language and Culture A, 126-126 Beginners German A and 126-127 Beginners German B. Students who have completed these subjects are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr Birgit Lang


Subject Overview:

This intensive language subject is an introduction to the German language for students with little or no knowledge of German. It focuses on the acquisition of basic aural, oral, reading and writing skills, with emphasis placed on communicative skills, acquisition of vocabulary and the basic principles of grammar. Students successfully completing the subject should be able to read and evaluate a small range of German texts, and write accurately. They should also make sense of and participate in a limited range of everyday communicative situations in German..

  • be able to understand spoken and written German at a basic level of difficulty.
  • be able to express themselves appropriately in speech and writing in everyday communicative situations.
  • have been introduced to aspects of German and Austrian culture and society through the medium of German.
  • achieve the level of spoken language competency required for admittance into 126-127 German Beginners Language and Culture B.
Assessment: Oral, aural and written assessment totaling 1,400 words 35% (during semester), a mid-semester test 15% (in class). 2-hour written exam 50% (during examination period) Students need to attend at least 80% of the classes to be admitted to the examination.
Prescribed Texts:
  • Vorsprung (Textbook, Student Activities Manual, (Lovik/Guz/Chavez) (latest ed) Houghton and Mifflin
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:
  • should have acquired basic reading, writing, oral and aural skills in a foreign language.
  • be able to work efficiently as a team member.
  • have an understanding of social and cultural diversity.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (German)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: German
German Major

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