Course Title: German 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: German 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Kerry Mullan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2264

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.32

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Germany has one of the world’s highest levels of education, technological development, and economic productivity and is EU’s largest economy. German is a major world language - the sixth most commonly used language in the world. It is the national language of Germany and Austria, one of the national languages of Switzerland and is used extensively throughout Europe as a language of business and commerce. A knowledge of German also opens up the rich culture of German-speaking Europe.  

This course is the first of consecutive courses in German offered at RMIT University, and is for beginners only.  

LANG1170/LANG1423 German 1 assumes no previous experience with the German language. It caters for students who did not learn German at school and who would like to start German at university, as well as those with a very limited experience of the language (up to Year 9 or A0/A1 on the CEFR*).  

* 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.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning Outcomes

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

CLO1.  Communicate in both oral and written German in a limited range of social contexts, including greetings, introductions, simple instructions, and be able to describe people and places 

CLO2.  Read, interpret and comprehend simple authentic spoken, written and multimedia German materials 

CLO3.  Evaluate language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills, and demonstrate independent learning 

CLO4. Identify and discuss aspects of German culture and the relationship between culture and language 

CLO5. Describe your own cultural values and norms, and make comparison to German culture, beginning to reflect on and develop your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges

Overview of Learning Activities

Language learning is regularly conducted in pairs or small groups. Repeated exercises will provide you with opportunities to interact in a structured format, but emphasis is placed on communicative skill building, guided and natural conversations, and hypothetical situations.  Multimedia teaching and learning resources and readings relating to sociolinguistics and cross-cultural communication issues will be introduced and discussed. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose potential difficulties which may arise in cross-cultural communication. Pair and group activities are the core classroom learning mode and you are expected to participate actively. Regular class attendance is important to support your learning.  

Overview of Learning Resources

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

Course book: 

Recommended for students who ONLY intend to complete German 1: Menschen A1.1, Kursbuch, Hueber Verlag, ISBN 978-3-19-301901-1 and Menschen A1.1, Arbeitsbuch, Hueber Verlag, ISBN 978-3-19-311901-8 

Highly recommended for students who intend to complete German 1 AND German 2 (extended version of the book): Menschen A1, Kursbuch, Hueber Verlag, ISBN 978-3-19-101901-3 and Menschen A1, Arbeitsbuch, Hueber Verlag, ISBN 978-3-19-111901-0 

There are services and resources 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 website. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

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

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). 

Assessment Tasks

1. Grammar and vocabulary test 15%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO4 

2. Speaking 15% and listening task 10%, CLO1, CLO2 

3. Short essay 15%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO4, CLO5 

4. Final Exam 45% CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5 

The final exam consists of four components:   

Listening comprehension 5%; speaking 15%; reading and writing 25% 

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