GER-131: Elementary German I

Liberal Arts
Language Studies
World Languages
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Elementary German I
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ENG-094/ENG-095E eligible or instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in German within communicative contexts. Covers the elementary pronunciation and grammatical principles necessary for comprehending and expressing simple ideas in both spoken and written German. Presents the cultures of German-speaking countries.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

GER-131 is designed to enable students to reach the Novice Mid level on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale, focusing on language learning through communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.

Core Course Topics
  1. Greetings, introductions, and farewells
  2. Phonetics and alphabet
  3. Numbers
  4. Present-tense verbs
  5. Commands
  6. Gender, number, and case agreement
  7. Prepositions
  8. Negation
  9. Word order
  10. Pronouns
  11. Vocabulary
  12. Geography
  13. Culture
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Use appropriate greetings, introductions, and farewells
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of phonetics and the alphabet through the comprehensible pronunciation and spelling of German words
  3. Recognize and produce numbers, dates, and times
  4. Demonstrate correct usage of present-tense verbs, including regular, irregular, seperable-prefix, and modal verbs
  5. Recognize and produce simple formal and informal commands
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of gender and number agreement of nouns, definite and indefinite articles, and possessive pronouns in nominative and accusative cases
  7. Recognize and produce select accusative (and dative) prepositions
  8. Employ nicht and kein to negate sentences
  9. Develop syntactically correct statements, yes/no questions, and questions using interrogatives
  10. Demonstrate correct usage of nominative and accusative pronouns
  11. Write about, speak about, and interpret situations similar to those presented in each chapter/unit of the textbook
  12. Recognize major geographical features of German-speaking countries
  13. Compare and contrast elements of German-speaking countries' cultures that differ from the U.S. norm
General Information

Note: A grade of C- is not transferable and is not accepted by some programs at HFC.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement will be identified and implemented by the class instructor. Methods will include, but not be limited to:

  • Participation
  • Weekly/regular quizzes
  • Homework assignments
  • Chapter/unit tests
  • Oral/receptive-expressive exam(s)
  • Departmental writing assessment
  • Midterm/final exam

All sections of this level will use a textbook (and any accompanying materials) selected by the course coordinator and approved by the World Languages Committee.


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Summer 2023
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date