Course Title: German 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: German 3

Credit Points: 12

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1188

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

LANG1189

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Kerry Mullan

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2264

Course Coordinator Email: kerry.mullan@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.27A

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Beginner's level of German either gained in German 1 and 2 RMIT course, at high school, through work experience or travelling/staying in Germany for a prolonged period.

 

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


Course Description

This course is the third of four consecutive courses in German offered at RMIT University.

In this course you will continue to develop your knowledge of German, a significant world and European language. The main focus will be the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. This course will prepare you for communication with German language speakers in Australia and overseas. You will also explore German culture and society, as expressed in and reflected by the language. Since Germany is respected for its high levels of education, technological development and economic productivity, both in Europe and the world, a knowledge of German provides students with the opportunity to participate in the rich culture of German-speaking Europe.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 

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

  • Communicate in both oral and written German in some social contexts, including introducing yourself and others, giving personal information in the present and past tense, giving simple instructions and being able to describe people and places
  • Read, interpret and comprehend simple but authentic spoken and written texts in German
  • Identify and evaluate language learning strategies and techniques in order to develop and reinforce your language skills and become an independent learner
  • Identify and discuss aspects of the German culture and the relationship between culture and language

Describe your own cultural values and norms and to make comparisons with German culture.



Overview of Learning Activities

 

Language learning is regularly conducted in pairs or small groups. A variety of speaking activities (e.g. role-plays) will provide you with opportunities to interact in a structured format. Emphasis is placed on building communicative skills. You will be guided and supported but also encouraged to develop confidence and independence as you use German in a range of social contexts.

 

You will be introduced to learning resources that support your independent learning. You will be given suggestions for wider reading about cross-cultural communication and the relationship between language and culture.

Pair and group activities are the core classroom learning modes and you are expected to participate actively and to complete all given homework. Regular class attendance is crucial to maximise your progress in learning German.

 

 


Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts   Course Book (= Kursbuch): Menschen A1, Kursbuch, Hueber Verlag, ISBN 978-3-19-101901-3 and Work Book (= Arbeitsbuch): Menschen A1, Arbeitsbuch, Hueber Verlag, ISBN 978-3-19-111901-0 NOTE: For students who start at German 3 level, it is sufficient to buy the short version of the A1 book: Menschen A1.2, Kursbuch, Hueber Verlag, ISBN 978-3-19-501901-9 and Menschen A1.2, Arbeitsbuch, Hueber Verlag, ISBN 978-3-19-511901-6


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:Assessment and assessment flexibility policy

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers: Student Responsibilities Statement

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.