German Language and Culture 2B

Subject GERM20002 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, 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

On campus

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week, 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: German Language and Culture 2A
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: none
Non Allowed Subjects: Students who have completed 126-016 German 2C may not enrol in this subject.
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request 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 of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Prof Alison Lewis

Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on various aspects of contemporary German language. It will aim at consolidating and expanding students' proficiency in both written and spoken language. It will continue with the development of communicative skills with reference to the main registers of contemporary German. The subject will also aim at demonstrating the differences between colloquial, formal and specialised registers where appropriate, and at activating and furthering skills in oral and written communication. It combines this with a study of language functions and grammatical structures. Listening skills will be developed through the use of different types of audio-visual materials and writing and reading skills through a variety of text types and sources, including the Internet and computer-assisted learning tools.

  • enhance their capacity to use basic idiomatic and conversational forms and the ability to employ them freely in speech.
  • consolidate a level of proficiency in written structures of moderate complexity and extend the capacity to use such structures clearly and accurately.
  • acquire the ability to interpret messages of a high level of complexity occurring in a variety of multimedia approaches.
  • develop a conceptual understanding of language use through a study of functions and grammar.
  • achieve a level of language competence required for admission into German Language and Culture 3A

A 2-hour grammar exam 30%, two 1-hour listening comprehension tests 20% (due in week 5 and week 9), a 10-minute oral presentation 20% (due during semester) and two essays of 500 words in German 30% (due in week 4 and week 8).

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:
  • Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (Jamie Rankin and Larry D. Wells) (latest ed) Houghton Mifflin
  • Barthel 1 Mittelstuffe Kursbuch (Klaus Lodewick) Fabouda Verlag
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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have furthered their skills in written communication on more abstract and demanding topics.
  • be able to deliver oral presentations with ease and confidence.
  • be able to work efficiently as a team member.
  • have developed skills in cross-cultural analysis.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (German)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: German
German Major

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