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GERM231 Intermediate German 1

The development of skills in German language to an intermediate level.

GERM 231 is an intermediate language course designed to consolidate and build on the oral and written skills students have already acquired in GERM 230 or elsewhere. The course will help you fill in gaps in your knowledge of the language and ensure that you have a sound basis with which to continue your study of the German language and German-speaking culture. At the completion of GERM 231 you will have reached the B1+ level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and will be able to sit the internationally recognised Goethe-Zertifikat B1 at Otago.

Paper title Intermediate German 1
Paper code GERM231
Subject German
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $810.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,390.00

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GERM 230. 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 114 or GERM 331 or any other more advanced German language paper.
Schedule C
Arts and Music
The prerequisite may be waived for students with an equivalent level of German language, or a background in NCEA Level 3 German.
Teaching staff
Convenor: Peter Barton
More information link
View further information about GERM 231View details of the online placement test
Paper Structure
The paper covers the following topics:
  • Intermediate vocabulary (3500 words)
  • Intermediate grammatical structures (conditional/subjunctive mood, pluperfect tense, temporal clauses, genitive case, advanced use of prepositions)
  • Critical reasoning and rhetorical skills
  • Aspects of German-speaking culture
Aspekte 1 Textbook and Workbook Klett-Langenscheidt Verlag
Teaching Arrangements
The class meets three times a week for one hour with the lecturer and has an additional weekly conversation class with a German native speaker.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, lifelong learning, communication, information literacy, self-motivation, teamwork. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
  • Understand the main points of clear standard German encountered regularly in familiar situations
  • Deal with most situations that arise while travelling in German speaking countries
  • Produce simple connected text on topics familiar to you or of personal interest
  • Describe your previous experiences as well as your hopes and ambitions for the future
Suitable for all students who have completed GERM 231, NCEA 3 or who have an appropriate level of German.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Weeks: 28-34,36-41 Mon, Tues, Thurs : 15:00-15:50

Oral Class

Weeks: 28-34,36-41 Wed : 15:00-15:50