Course Title: German 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: German 4

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Kerry Mullan

Course Coordinator Phone: (+61 3) 9925 2264

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.27A

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

A level of German either gained in German 3  RMIT course, at high school, through work experience or travelling/staying in Germany for a prolonged period.

Course Description

This course is the fourth 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 effectively in both oral and written German in most social contexts, including giving and following commands, describing feelings and emotions and a range of hypothetical situations
  • Analyse and comprehend authentic spoken, written and multimedia German materials, including German spoken at normal speed by a variety of native speakers
  • Effectively employ language learning strategies and techniques to further develop your language skills, and demonstrate independent learning
  • Reflect on aspects of contemporary society and the relationship between culture and language
  • Reflect on and debate your own cultural values and norms, and make comparison to German culture, further developing your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges

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.

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Communicate effectively 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 and cross-cultural communication

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

 You may need to purchase a prescribed text and a recommended Language dictionary. Multi-media teaching and learning resources and tools will also be used, and made available through our online systems which you can access at myRMIT/studies.

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 both 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).

Overview of Assessment

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

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