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GERM230 German Language 3

The development of skills in German language to an intermediate level, building on GERM 132 (continuing the same course book).

This is the third of our communicative German language courses designed to give you the best possible foundations in the language. You need to have studied some German previously to take this paper. In small peer groups you will enjoy building your language skills in everyday situations as well as learning to read short German texts. Our teaching methods emphasise student participation in language situations modeled on real-life, with the lecturer providing expert guidance on questions of grammar and linguistic structure.

Paper title German Language 3
Paper code GERM230
Subject German
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $810.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,390.00

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GERM 132 or GERM 102. You may be able to take this paper without the prerequisite if you can demonstrate the required ability. Use the special permission process to apply to do this; please proceed through the application process to reach the window for Special Permission. Please list any qualifications you have gained e.g. NCEA, and years studied, as well as a note of any other exposure to this language. This request together with any documentation you provide or request for the transfer of credit(s) will then be submitted for approval.
GERM 111, GERM 113, GERM 231 or any other more advanced German language paper.
Schedule C
Arts and Music
(i) Cannot be taken by students who have already passed GERM 231. (ii) The prerequisite may be waived for students with an equivalent level of German language.
Teaching staff
Convenor: Peter Barton
More information link
View further information about GERM 230View details of the online placement test
Paper Structure
The paper covers the following topics:
  • Basic vocabulary (2800 words)
  • Basic grammatical structures (adjectives, simple past tense, future tense, imperative, review of case system)
  • German culture (society, music, films)
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 B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and will be able to:
  • Understand the main points of a clearly spoken German conversation
  • Understand texts about everyday topics
  • Deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in German-speaking countries
  • Express personal opinions
  • Write letters describing personal experiences and impressions
Suitable for all students who have completed GERM 132 or who have an appropriate level of German.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Weeks: 9-14,16-22 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs : 10:00-10:50