Course Title: German 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: German 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

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 email appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

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 students may be instructed to vary their enrolment in accordance with RMIT’s Enrolment Processes.   

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages 

Course Description

This course is the second of four consecutive courses in German offered at RMIT University. In this course you will expand your knowledge of German, which is a significant world and European language. The main focus is on the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Each class includes a teacher-guided introduction of vocabulary and grammar, and a range of activities designed to enhance your learning. 

The course will equip you with some basic knowledge for cross-cultural situations with German speakers, and include discussions of cultural, societal and political aspects of life in German-speaking countries. This course will also provide you with some tools for independent learning. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of International Studies (Languages) BP332LAN

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:  

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of international relations, global cultures, language and economic issues to your professional practice or further study.  
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on knowledge about a rapidly changing world derived from multiple sources, perspectives and values systems.  
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with policies and programs in international and cross-cultural settings, and assess economic, cultural, social, environmental and political opportunities and risks.  
  • Work professionally and effectively with others in diverse cultural, linguistic and organisational contexts, and to adapt practices and knowledge to local circumstances.  
  • Communicate effectively in international and cross-cultural contexts, and facilitate collaborative partnerships within diverse communities of practice, using appropriate formats, media and styles.  
  • Communicate effectively in a range of forms and contexts in the target language.  
  • Assist in the identification of needs, the design, planning, resourcing and implementation of research and development projects in international and cross-cultural settings.
  • Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross-cultural settings and to act in professional settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity.  
  • Design, adapt and develop effective communication strategies that promote awareness of and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity in globalised workplaces. 

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Communicate in oral and written German in a range of familiar social contexts, including participating in formal and informal conversations, describe past and future events, experiences and people, and write short passages accurately in basic German applying appropriate grammatical structures
  2. Read, interpret and comprehend familiar authentic spoken, written and multimedia German materials 
  3. Evaluate and begin to apply language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills, and demonstrate independent learning
  4. Identify and discuss areas of cultural values and norms in German speaking countries  
  5. Describe your own cultural values and norms, and reflect on and develop 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. 

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

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.  

You may need to purchase a prescribed text and a recommended Language dictionary. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

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.  

Assessment Tasks  

Progressive assessment (55%)  

Assessment Task 1: In-class test 1, 15%, CLO1, CLO2. 

Assessment Task 2: In-class oral test, 15%, CLO1, CLO2 

Assessment Task 3: In-class listening test 2, 10%, CLO1, CLO2 

Assessment task 4: Written assignment (350 – 450 words), 15%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO4 

Final Exams (45%)  

Assessment Task 5: Oral exam, 15%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO4 

Assessment Task 6: Listening exam, 5%, CLO1, CLO2 

Assessment Task 7: Written exam, 25%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5.  

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

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.