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

    GERM 231 is an intermediate language paper designed to consolidate and build on the oral and written skills students have already acquired in GERM 230 or elsewhere. The paper 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, should you choose.

    About this paper

    Paper title Intermediate German 1
    Subject German
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    GERM 230
    GERM 114 or GERM 331 or any other more advanced German language paper
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    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 230 or NCEA 3 or who have an appropriate level of German.

    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Antonie Alm

    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
    Teaching Arrangements

    Three hours of lectures and one hour of tutorials per week.


    Kontext express B1

    Course outline

    View the course outline for GERM231

    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 paper, 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


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 15:00-15:50 29-35, 37-42
    Tuesday 15:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 15:00-15:50 29-35, 37-42
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