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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 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.

Paper title Intermediate German 1
Paper code GERM231
Subject German
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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.
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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

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41