GER-232: Intermediate German II

Liberal Arts
Language Studies
World Languages
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Intermediate 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-231 or in three years of high school German, or instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

Follows GER-231 and is the second of two intermediate-level German courses focusing on communication in a cultural context. Further 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 a wide range of ideas in both spoken and written German. Presents the cultures of German-speaking countries.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

GER-232 is designed to enable students to reach the Intermediate 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. Present-tense verbs
  2. Past-tense verbs
  3. Pluperfect
  4. Infinitive constructions
  5. Prepositions
  6. Participles
  7. Conjunctions
  8. Critical listening, speaking, and writing
  9. Critical reading
  10. Culture
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Compare and contrast non-equivalent uses of reflexive verbs
  2. Interpret and produce personal and historical narratives in the past using Perfekt and Imperfekt, and time markers appropriately
  3. Use the Plusquamperfekt to narrate past-tense events
  4. Recognize and produce infinitive clauses, including um..zu
  5. Recognize and produce common adjective and preposition combinations
  6. Recognize and build Partizip I and Partizip 2 to describe nouns
  7. Recognize and use two-part conjunctions
  8. Interpret authentic audio and visual materials and respond critically in German
  9. Summarize German-language texts in written compositions and oral presentations
  10. 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