GRMN151-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Elementary German Language A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


German language course for beginners, i.e. students with no knowledge of German, based on the communicative approach.

This course is an introduction to German language, counting 15 points, 0.1250 EFTS.
It is designed for absolute beginners – people with no prior knowledge of German. At the end of the course the students will have German proficiency equivalent to level A1, Common European framework (CEFR).

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course, you will acquire skills in all four areas of the language-learning curriculum (reading, writing, speaking and listening). By the end of the course, the average student will be able to understand interactions in everyday settings; in addition, they will be able to name common objects of daily life, to express a range of basic wishes, and to use the present and past tenses to narrate simple events. Reading is a component of the course, and by the end of the semester students will be able to read brief texts and understand the fundamentals of German textual structures. Students will also practice writing intensively and will be able to narrate events and communicate basic information about themselves and their environment.

By learning a foreign language, students will develop more understanding of global conditions and will become competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts. This will help the language students to develop knowledge and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications. Learning a foreign language addresses the key attributes of the UC Graduate Profile as below.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


GRMN106, GRMN114

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 James Logie 104
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Psychology - Sociology 456
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 Rehua 429
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 111
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 240
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Elsie Locke 104A
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 Ernest Rutherford 460
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 441
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Anne Blumenthal


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Homework Assignments (5) 15% weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
LEARN vocabulary quizzes (6) 6% to be completed by the end of the semester
Facebook messenger postings (5) 5% weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, 11
In-class quizzes (7) 21% weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10
Written tests (2) 40% weeks 6, 11
Oral test 13% week 12

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Tschirner, Erwin P. , Nikolai, Brigitte., Terrell, Tracy D; Kontakte : a communicative approach ; 9th edition; McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2021 (8th edition is also acceptable).

The required textbook for the course is Kontakte. A Communicative Approach in its current edition (currently 8th edition, 9th edition is also acceptable).

The UC bookshop stocks this textbook. An e-book version is available through The workbook – Arbeitsbuch – and audio CDs will also be used in this course but do not need to be
purchased, photocopies of the workbook will be handed out to the students and audio files made
available on the class AKO|LEARN site.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All GRMN151 Occurrences

  • GRMN151-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024
  • GRMN151-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)