Course Title: German 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: German 3

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

Assumed Knowledge

Beginners level of German either gained in German 1 and German 2 RMIT course, at high school, through work experience or travelling/staying in Germany for a prolonged period. Please contact the course coordinator if you are unsure of your level. 

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

This course will complement the RMIT capabilities you are developing in your program.


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

  1. Communicate more confidently and effectively in both oral and written German in a range of contexts.  
  1. Analyse and comprehend authentic spoken, written and multimedia German materials, including when spoken at normal speed. 
  1. Evaluate and further language learning strategies and techniques in order to develop and reinforce your language skills and become an independent learner.  
  1. Research and critically reflect on the relationship between language and culture thereby developing increased intercultural awareness. 

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

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

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, CLO3, CLO4 

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

The final exam consists of four components: 

Listening comprehension 5%; speaking 15%; reading and writing (including cultural component of 500 words in English) 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.

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