Conversational German

I.     Course Prefix/Number: GER 105

       Course Name: Conversational German

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

GER 102 or consent of instructor: knowledge of beginning German vocabulary, sounds and structures, including nominative, accusative dative and genitive cases, present, past, present perfect and futures tenses of weak, irregular weak, strong and modal verbs.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides practice in conversational German to develop oral facility. Content includes specially designed exercises in pronunciation, stress and rhythm for vocabulary development. Oral presentations and class discussions of life in German-speaking countries.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Build student competence in speaking German.
  2. Assess pronunciation and intonation.
  3. Provide opportunities to use the German language in real‑life situations.
  4. Specify the vocabulary and contextual information necessary for functional use of German.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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 session 1 7 Zweimal Bonn, bitte
About numbers, the time and buying train tickets

  session 2 8 GruB Gott!
Talking about your stay and about finding a job

2 session 1 9 Darf ich?
What you may or may not do and asking to see a doctor

  session 2 10 Zum Wohl!
Wine and wine-tasting and second look at things to things you're learnt

3 session 1 11 Was mogen Sie am liebsten?
Saying what you like best and what you don't like so much

  session 2 12 Wo arbeiten Sie?
Talking about your work

4 session 1 13 Was machen Sie in Ihrer Freizeit?
Talking about what you do in your spare time

  session 2 14 Wo wohnen Sie?
Talking about where you live

5 session 1 15 Wie ist es? and QUIZ I
Describing places

  session 2 16 Und jetzt geht's weiter
Introduction to Chapters 16-20

Regensburg und Richtung Salzburg People at work, and a first look at '1the loveliest city on earth'

6 session 1 17 Altstad
Restoring old Regensburg, and a stroll through the centre of Salzburg

  session 2 18 Fasching und Festspiele
A look at Mittenwald, and at Salzburg-the Festival City

7 session 1 19 Schnee und Kaffee and QUIZ II
Winter sports in Mayrhofen, while in Salzburg we pause for refreshment

  session 2 20 Salzburg - ein letzter Besuch and Class Presentations

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class work is organized functionally, dealing with the tasks or functions that form the basis of spoken communication.  Class time will be used to practice seeing/hearing (Videos) and, especially, using German in order to express the kinds of communicative needs we all experience in a variety of situations.  For some classes, pairs of students will organize the class activities.  Students' suggestions for use of class time will be incorporated throughout the semester.  Group and individual oral reports and impromptu talks will also be used.  A video series will be used in class; these videotapes may be reviewed as desired in the College's Instructional Media Support, Room 1815. Supplementary audio tapes and additional videos will be assigned for laboratory practice (Room 2446).

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.

Regular class attendance and verbal participation in class and in the compulsory lab component built into each class are or utmost importance.  Studying the material listed on the outline of topics before coming to class is not required, but recommended because it will help you master the material better and make you more comfortable in class.  You will have to stay alert during the playing of the 30 minute video each class session, participate in discussions and practice exercises with your instruction engage in collaborative conversation exercises with your partner in class and reinforce the daily class lesson by participating in the audio-cassette listening/speaking exercises held in the language lab during part of the class sessions.  There will be two oral speaking quizzes held during class time in the language lab based on class/text materials (models and clues provided for preparation at the end of the textbook).  Additionally, you have to complete four independent lab reports (based on videos or audio programs of your choice) and give a 10-minutes oral presentation in German on a topic of your choice at the end of the semester.  There will be no written exams.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.

  • Deutsch Direkt Video Series (Lesson 7-20) and accompanying textbook and audio cassette program.  (BBC and EMC Corporations). 
  • A serialized detective story on audio cassettes (low intermediate level (EMC Corp.) will also be used in class.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

The final grade will be based on the following criteria:

Maximum Points:

  1. Class attendance/participation...5 pts each (5-14)  70
  2. 2 oral Quizzes (based on exercises in text; answers for practice provided in text and on tape)...20 pts each (20x2)  40
    (Quiz I, week 5, session 1; Quiz II, week 7, session 1)
  3. Final oral class presentation (10 min.)  10
  4. 4 Independent Lab work reports...5 pts each (see "Course Practices..."above); (5x4)  20

    Total Maximum 140

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. Independent Lab reports can be submitted at any time before the seventh week at the semester.  After the sixth week, they are considered "late" and earn only 2 points each.
  2. Two additional lab reports can be submitted for a total maximum of 10 pts extra credit.  These are also due at the end of the 6th week.
  3. All audio and video tapes used during class time or in the language lab can also be reviewed for additional voluntary practice in the language lab (Room 2446) or at Instructional Media Support (Room 1815). Additional optical videos are also available (see your instructor).
  4. The two oral quizzes cannot be made up unless a verifiable emergency occurred (doctor's note).

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.