Intermediate German I
I. Course Prefix/Number: GER 201
Course Name: Intermediate German I
Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course continues development of basic skills. Content includes general review and expansion of beginning grammar, along with conversation, vocabulary development, readings and writing exercises with focus on life in modern German-speaking countries.
IV. Learning Objectives
- To actively communicate in German, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
- To demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary German culture through written and aural class work.
- To demonstrate spoken German in everyday contexts through responding to complex questions.
- To illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on short literary passages.
- To use elements of intermediate grammar through listening, spoken, and written exercises.
- To write complex sentences within the context of what has been studied.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
|1, 2, 3, 4||Kapitel 9: Kindheit und Jugend
Talking about memories and the past
|Conjunction als, simple past, als/wenn/wann, narration in the past with nachdem||Test 1|
|5, 6, 7, 8||Kapitel 10: Auf Reisen
Talking about travel, following directions and reading maps
|Prepositions for places, imperative review, prepositions for giving directions, subjunctive forms of modal verbs, passive voice||Test 2|
|9, 10, 11, 12||Kapitel 11: Gesundheit und Krankheit
Talking about health and fitness
|Accusative and dative reflexive pronouns, word order of accusative and dative objects, indirect questions, review word order in dependent and independent clauses||Test 3|
|13,14, 15, 16||Kaptiel 12: Die modern Gesellschaft
Talking about social issues in modern multicultural society
|Genitive case, expressing possibility (subjunctive), causality and purpose, review principles of case||Test 4|
VII. Methods of Instruction
Class time will be devoted to practice, in large and small groups, with structures, expressions, and vocabulary in the context of everyday functions. Students are expected to have studied assigned segments of the text prior to class, in order to be able to participate as fully as possible in speaking, listening, reading and writing activities.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Course may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
- Attend class regularly.
- Do assigned preparation in time for class: the students will read the text's explanations in order to be prepared for the drills and exercises included in each of the topic units detailed in section V.
- Accompanying listening and written exercises in the online and workbook lab manual (Connect) must be submitted to the instructor on the date specified in the syllabus.
- Take the quizzes and the exams. They will include a mix of listening, reading, writing, and speaking elements.
- The Oakton Community College catalog states: Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or employment practices.
In keeping with this policy of tolerance and non-discrimination, in this class all of us (myself included) should strive to:
- Listen and give careful consideration to all ideas expressed in class, especially those that are different from our own, without attacking or demeaning the people who have those views, and
- Avoid using insulting terms or telling offensive jokes when talking to or about individuals or groups.
IX. Instructional Materials
Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.
- Kontakte: A Communicative Approach, by Tschirner, Nikolai, and Terrell, McGraw-Hill, 7th edition.
- Electronic workbook and lab manual for Kontakte: Connect
WEB ADDRESS FOR ONLINE WORKBOOK AND LAB MANUAL: CONNECT
http://connect.mcgraw-hill.com/class/<uniquename of individual section here>
- A good German dictionary (HarperCollins, Langenscheit, etc)
- 501 German Verbs, Barrons Educational Series 3rd Edition, 1998
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
(In this section please clarify criteria upon which final grade is based: i.e. online workbook, exams, participation, etc)
Workbook or electronic assignments must be done by students outside of the classroom in order to practice the course content. These assignments will count as 25% of the course final grade. Students need to have at least a D (60%) in this section in order to pass this course.
In this course at least one speaking exam is required.
XI. Other Course Information
In this section, each instructor should specify policies on attendance, make-up exams, and late assignments.
Oakton has two Language Labs to support your language study. The Language Labs offer the perfect atmosphere for doing your lab homework, meeting with a language tutor, attending a conversation group, or working on a computer. You can find a variety of language specific resources and equipment: language reference books and other supplementary language materials, headphones with microphones, keyboard covers for typing in another language, and more. Language Lab personnel are always available to help students working individually. Visit one of the Language Labs today:
Des Plaines, Room 2446, 847.635.1612
Ray Hartstein (Skokie) Campus, Room C132, 847.635.1493
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.