Course Title: German 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: German 2

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1180

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

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

LANG1181

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
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: 37.5.45

Course Coordinator Availability: By email appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

RMIT German 1 or equivalent.

Note: Please contact course coordinator if you are not sure about your language level. You may also refer to “learning activities” in course guide of German 1 to self judge your language knowledge and capability.


Course Description

LANG 1181/1180 German 2  is open to students who have successfully completed LANG 1166/1170 German 1 as well as those with a very limited experience of the language (up to Year 9-10 or A1/A2 on the CEFR*). Students who studied German  to Year 10 or 11 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. 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: www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will consolidate your German language skills obtained in German 1. Your capbilitie of speaking and writing skills will be further developed through learning more vocabulary and structures. The course will help you to have greater understanding of German culture and society and enhance your ability to speak German in everyday situations.


By the end of this course you will be able to: 

  • talk about everyday situations and routines
  • ask for and give directions
  • make and change appointments
  • talk about professions
  • talk about cities, travels
  • know more about the German capital
  • use the simple past tense of the verbs “to be” and “to have”
  • identify Nominative, Accusative and Dative cases describing location or movement
  • demonstrate awareness of similarities and differences between Germany, Austria and Switzerland and other world cultures
  • demonstrate knowledge of German/Austrian/Swiss social customs and daily life.


Overview of Learning Activities

Diverse methods are applied to teaching-learning in classes. Language learning is, by necessity, done through communications. Learning in classes are often in forms of pair and small group practice.  Repeated exercises provide students with opportunities to conduct in a fairly structured format, but emphasis is placed on communicative skill building, guided and natural conversations and hypothetical situations. Multi-media teaching and learning resources are used in teaching.

Cultural understanding is used to further enhance the ideas of language and behavior and their interrelationship as expressed in the aims of the course. It is not introduced in isolation, but linked with language and language behavior, which are demonstrated and/or discussed by students in context. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose students to potential difficulties, which will arise in cross-cultural communication.

Class exercises, assignments are applied in process of teaching and learning, and readings relating to sociolinguistics and cross-cultural communication issues will be introduced. Your regular participation in class learning and commitment to completion of assignments are essential to successful completion of the course.


Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed Text: studio d, A 1 - Kurs- und Übungsbuch Teilband 1 (chapters 1-6), Cornelsen, ISBN: 3-464-20765-X & studio d A1 Kurs- und Übungsbuch Teilband 2 (chapters 7-12), Cornelsen, ISBN: 3-464-207668 or studio d, A1 – Kurs-und Übungsbuch (chapters 1-12), Cornelsen, ISBN: 3-464-20707-2

Dictionary: An English-German and German English Dictionary

Grammar Book: Essential Grammar of German with Exercises, Hueber,
ISBN:978-3190215751


Overview of Assessment

The assessment is consisted of three components:

I. Progressive Assessment 50%

II. Final Exam 40%

IV. Learning Participation 10%