Course Title: German 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: German 1

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1166

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

LANG1170

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Ana Maria Ducasse

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 9769

Course Coordinator Email: anamaria.ducasse@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: B37, L5. 45

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisite.


Course Description

Germany has one of the world’s highest levels of education, technological development, and economic productivity and is EU’s largest economy. German is a major world language - the sixth most commonly used language in the world. It is the national language of Germany and Austria, one of the national languages of Switzerland and is used extensively throughout Europe as a language of business and commerce. A knowledge of German also opens up the rich culture of German-speaking Europe. 

This course is the first of consecutive courses in German offered at RMIT University, and is for beginners only. 

LANG 1166/1170 German 1 assumes no previous experience with the German language. It caters for students who did not learn German at school and who would like to start German at university, as well as those with a very limited experience of the language (up to Year 9 or A0/A1 on the CEFR*). Students who studied German to Year 10 must contact the course coordinator to sit a placement test. This course is not available to students who have completed standard Year 12 German  (i.e. 4 or 5 years at high school). If you have completed Year 12 German , please contact your course coordinator for advice on cross-institutional enrolment. Students with evidence of a minimal pass for Year 12 German , or who completed Year 12 German several years ago, should contact the course coordinator to request a placement test. Please note that enrolments may be refused on the basis of previous German  study or abilities, and enrolment in a different course may be recommended. A student’s enrolment in a course for which s/he holds incompatible qualifications may be cancelled at any time. This cancellation may involve forfeiture of credit, and students may remain liable for course fees.

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

It is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite before enrolling in a course. For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at: www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course provides you with skills specified as follows. By the end of this course you will develop the following capabilities: 
• Communicate in German in a range of forms and in different international and cross-cultural contexts, using appropriate modes of communication including electronic, written, graphic, oral and aural forms
• Reflect on the role of culture in communication, and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions
• Access and critically examine a range of resources (including text and electronic) to further your learning in German
• Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages
 

If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to demonstrate higher capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the relationships between culture and language, and cross-cultural communication.
 


Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to: 

• Communicate in both oral and written German in a limited range of social contexts, including greetings, introductions, simple instructions, and be able to describe people and places
• Read, interpret and comprehend simple authentic spoken, written and multimedia German materials
• Evaluate language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills, and demonstrate independent learning
• Identify and discuss aspects of German culture and the relationship between culture and language
• Describe your own cultural values and norms, and make comparison to German culture, beginning to reflect on and develop your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges


Overview of Learning Activities

Language learning is regularly conducted in pairs or small groups. Repeated exercises will provide you with opportunities to interact in a structured format, but emphasis is placed on communicative skill building, guided and natural conversations, and hypothetical situations.
Multimedia teaching and learning resources and readings relating to sociolinguistics and cross-cultural communication issues will be introduced and discussed. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose potential difficulties which may arise in cross-cultural communication.
Pair and group activities are the core classroom learning mode and you are expected to participate actively. Regular class attendance is important to support your learning.
 


Overview of Learning Resources

Course book:

Recommended for students who ONLY intend to complete German 1: Menschen A1.1, Kursbuch, Hueber Verlag, ISBN 978-3-19-301901-1 and Menschen A1.1, Arbeitsbuch, Hueber Verlag, ISBN 978-3-19-311901-8

Highly recommended for students who intend to complete German 1 AND German 2 (extended version of the book): Menschen A1, Kursbuch, Hueber Verlag, ISBN 978-3-19-101901-3 and Menschen A1, Arbeitsbuch, Hueber Verlag, ISBN 978-3-19-111901-0


Overview of Assessment

Your language skills will be assessed by two major components as follows:

1. Progressive assessment (60%)
2. Exams (40%)
If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to submit an essay as part of "Progressive Assessment".

You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester to demonstrate how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and capabilities. Assessment tasks may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks (for example, in-class tests, essays, class presentations, group projects, debates, learning diaries, final exams etc.).

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks.

Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional or expanded or expanded assessment task.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc  
An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf  
If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact your Program Director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.