GER-231: Intermediate German I

Liberal Arts
Language Studies
World Languages
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Intermediate 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
A grade of C or better in GER-132 or in two years of high school German, or instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

Follows GER-132 and is the first of two intermediate-level German courses focusing on communication in a cultural context. Develops students' reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in German, expands their vocabulary, and deepens their knowledge of pronunciation and grammatical principles in order to comprehend and express essential ideas in both spoken and written German. Presents the cultures of German-speaking countries.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

GER-231 is designed to enable students to reach the Intermediate Low 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. Past-tense verbs
  2. Reported speech
  3. Hypothetical expressions
  4. Passive voice
  5. Gender, number and case agreement
  6. Prepositions
  7. Pronouns
  8. Conjunctions
  9. Vocabulary
  10. Essay composition
  11. Culture
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Interpret fiction and non-fiction texts written in the Imperfekt
  2. Recognize reported or indirect speech of Konjunktiv 1
  3. Recognize and produce statements contrary to fact using Konjunktiv 2
  4. Recognize and produce the passive voice
  5. Demonstrate correct usage of adjective endings
  6. Recognize and produce da und wo Komposita
  7. Recognize and produce relative pronouns in compound clauses
  8. Employ subordinating conjunctions to make arguments
  9. Write about, speak about, and interpret intermediate dialogues and texts related to themes presented in each chapter/unit
  10. Write simple descriptive, narrative, and informative essays related to themes presented in each chapter/unit of the textbook using register-appropriate vocabulary
  11. Analyze cultural differences as manifested through language 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
  • Homework assignments
  • Weekly/regular quizzes
  • Weekly/regular compositions
  • Chapter/unit tests
  • Oral presentation(s)/project(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
Effective Term
Fall 2019