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    Basic German language. Continuation of GERM131.

    By the time you finish GERM 132, the second of our communicative German language papers, your journey into one of the world's most important languages and cultures will have reached an important milestone. You will have mastered a basic vocabulary of around 2000 words, good for around 80% comprehension of everyday situations in a foreign language. Our teaching methods emphasise student participation in language situations modelled on real life, with the lecturer providing expert guidance on questions of grammar and linguistic structure.

    About this paper

    Paper title Introductory German 2
    Subject German
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    GERM 101 or GERM 105 or GERM 131
    GERM 102 or GERM 230 or any other more advanced German language paper
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    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.
    Suitable for all students who have completed GERM 131 or who have an appropriate level of German.
    Teaching staff
    Convenor: Dr Peter Barton
    Paper Structure
    The paper covers the following topics:
    • Basic vocabulary (2000 words)
    • Basic grammatical structures (dative case, two-way prepositions, simple past tense, relative clauses, future tense, adjective endings)
    • German-speaking culture (society, music, films)
    Teaching Arrangements

    Four hours of lectures per week.


    Required: Tschirner, E & Nikolai, B. (2020). ISE Kontakte, 9th edition. McGraw-Hill Education: New York.

    Course outline
    View the course outline for GERM 132
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Cultural understanding, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion students will

    • Have reached the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
    • Be able to have basic conversations (e.g. asking about someone's job, ordering meals in a restaurant)
    • Be able to read short texts and timetables and write simple personal letters and messages


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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