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GERM131 Introductory German 1

German language for absolute beginners.

Paper title Introductory German 1
Paper code GERM131
Subject German
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $779.70
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,307.50

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Restriction
GERM 105 OR GERM 101 or GERM 132 or any other more advanced German language paper.
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
A short interview or placement test will be held during Course Approval in order to place students in the paper appropriate to their knowledge of the language.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

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German language for absolute beginners.

Today, there are more career benefits in studying German than ever before. In GERM 131, you will start learning the most commonly spoken language in the European Union where a quarter of the world's GDP is generated. You will also get to know a culture which works hard and plays even harder: German speakers may have won more Nobel prizes than any other country apart from the US, but they also make up the largest group of international tourists in the world. GERM 131 is the first in a series of three introductory papers that will help you become an independent user of the language, able to deal with simple, everyday situations with native German speakers. The teaching methods in all three courses emphasise active communication. In class students interact with the teacher and each other to develop the full range of speaking, listening and writing skills.

Paper title Introductory German 1
Paper code GERM131
Subject German
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2015 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
GERM 105, GERM 101, GERM 132 or any other more advanced German language paper.
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
This paper is for beginners only and is not available to students who have passed NCEA Level 2 or 3 (or equivalent) in German.  For further information, contact Programme Coordinator (languages@otago.ac.nz).
Teaching staff
Convenor: Peter Barton
More information link
View further information about GERM 131
Paper Structure
The paper covers the following topics:
  • Basic vocabulary (1200 words)
  • Basic grammatical structures (verb conjugations, the German case system, modal verbs, dependent clauses, present and past tenses)
  • German culture (society, music, films)
Textbooks
Kontakte: A Communicative Approach, 7th. edition Textbook (print) and online workbook bundle
Teaching Arrangements
Four one-hour classes a week, online vocabulary learning supported by Language Perfect.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, lifelong learning, communication, information literacy, self-motivation, teamwork. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion students will have reached the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and have acquired basic skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing German. They will be able to able to engage in basic German conversations, ask and answer simple questions, understand basic phrases, read sentences on posters, fill out forms and write short letters.
Eligibility
Suitable for students of all disciplines interested in gaining some basic skills in German.
Contact
languages@otago.ac.nz

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Weeks: 9-14,16-22 Tues, Wed, Thurs : 11:00-11:50
Weeks: 9-14,16-17,19-22 Mon : 11:00-11:50