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    The development of skills in German language to an intermediate level, building on GERM132 (continuing the same course book).

    This is the third of our communicative German language papers, 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 modelled on real life, with the lecturer providing expert guidance on questions of grammar and linguistic structure.

    About this paper

    Paper title German Language 3
    Subject German
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    GERM 102 or GERM 132
    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 GERM231. (ii) The prerequisite may be waived for students with an equivalent level of German language. If you have previous knowledge of the language you can still enrol in this paper via Special Permission by proceeding with your application process to the Review and Submit page or email for assistance.
    Suitable for all students who have completed GERM 132 or who have an appropriate level of German.
    Teaching staff

    Convenor: Dr Cecilia Novero

    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)
    Teaching Arrangements

    4 hours. Lessons are run as seminars. Participation in class is required.



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

    Course outline

    Please contact the Languages and Cultures programme ( for a short course outline.

    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 travelling in German-speaking countries
    • Express personal opinions
    • Write letters describing personal experiences and impressions


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
    Friday 13:00-14:50 9-12, 15-22
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