GER-132: Elementary German II

Liberal Arts
World Languages
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Elementary German II
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
A grade of C or better in GER-131 or in one year of high school German, or instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

Further builds reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in German, focusing on communication in a cultural context. Develops students' knowledge of vocabulary, pronunciation and grammatical principles in order to comprehend and express everyday ideas in both spoken and written German. Presents the cultures of German-speaking countries.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

GER-132 is designed to enable students to reach the Novice High 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. Present-tense verbs
  2. Past-tense verbs
  3. Future expressions
  4. Gender, number and case agreement
  5. Prepositions
  6. Word order
  7. Pronouns
  8. Comparative and superlative structures
  9. Conjunctions
  10. Vocabulary
  11. Narration
  12. Culture
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Demonstrate correct usage of present-tense reflexive verbs
  2. Recognize and produce common regular and irregular verbs in the Perfekt and Imperfekt
  3. Express the future using werden
  4. Distinguish between and produce accusative and dative declinations of nouns, definite and indefinite articles, and possessive pronouns
  5. Distinguish between and produce accusative (motion) and dative (location) after two-way prepositions; recognize and produce common verb-preposition combinations
  6. Order adverbs and adverbial phrases correctly
  7. Recognize and demonstrate correct usage of accusative and dative pronouns
  8. Compare and contrast using appropriate comparative and superlative structures
  9. Recognize and demonstrate correct usage of coordinating and some common subordinating conjunctions
  10. Write about, speak about, and interpret simple dialogues and paragraphs related to themes presented in each chapter/unit of the textbook
  11. Interpret and produce simple narratives in the present and past using appropriate time markers
  12. Analyze aspects of German-speaking countries' cultures that differ from the U.S. norm, giving specific examples that illustrate such differences
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 and/or expressive-receptive exam(s)
  • 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

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date