Course Title: German 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: German 3

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Ana Maria Ducasse

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 9769

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.45

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.

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


Course Book:

studio d, A1 – Kurs-und Übungsbuch (chapters 1-12), Cornelsen, ISBN: 978-3-464-20707-9

Dictionary (optional as you are not allowed to use a dictionary in any of the tests)

Overview of Assessment



Assessment Type

Word limit or equivalent

Grammar and Vocabulary (week 5)



Speaking and Listening Test (week 7)

Role-play / Conversation (oral) and Comprehension Exercises in response to Listening Texts


Written Assignment (week 9)

This is a short written assignment based on the language (grammar, vocabulary, communicative exchanges, writing of paragraphs) learnt in the course. Topics will be provided during the course via Blackboard.

Minimum of 400 words in German

Cultural Assignment (not applicable for UGs)

An essay on contemporary German culture and society relevant to your degree study

800-1,000 words (in English)

Final Exam 1 (week 12)

Speaking and Listening component


Final Written Exam 2

Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading and Writing


Participation and Attendance





You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.


Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


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 the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.


A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.


Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca