GRMN251-22S1 (D) Semester One 2022 (Distance)

Intermediate German Language and Culture A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


This is the first of two intermediate German language courses. This course aims at extending vocabulary and grammatical structures which will be used to discuss and write about simple topics in contemporary German and German-speaking culture and society.

The course is a combination of a language component (three hours) and cultural component (one hour). In the language component, students will work on all four language skill areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will complete regular grammar and writing assignments, and they will have ample opportunity to speak and listen in the classroom setting. Throughout, we will emphasize building vocabulary and communication skills, which will be used to discuss German cultural and political topics. In the cultural component, students will learn about important aspects of German history and culture. The component consists of alternating lectures given by the lecturer and seminars, in which the content of the previous week’s lecture will be discussed and deepened.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course, you will acquire skills in all four areas of the language (reading, writing, speaking and listening). By the end of the course, you should be able to read intermediate level literature (level A2/B1) and short newspaper articles in German. Students will practice writing intensively and should be able to write a 200-word essay in German about a contemporary topic. The average student will be able to hold a conversation about everyday events and politics in German. Students’ listening comprehension should reach a level where they can understand German television and radio programs. A student in this course will also acquire knowledge about cultural and socio-economic aspects during a particular period in German history. This will accompany the language learning and complete the skills and knowledge a university German program is expected to provide.

By learning a foreign language and engaging in its history and culture, 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.

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.

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.


GRMN152, or
20 credits at NCEA Level 3 German, or
a placement test. Note: Students with Level 2 NCEA should apply to take an online placement test.


GRMN108, GRMN117

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Vera Leier


Evgeny Pavlov


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Homework (Arbeitsblätter) assignments (5) 15% Fortnightly
Vokabquizzes (5) 10% fortnightly
Written tests (2) 40% Weeks 6 and 12
Oral test (1) 10% end of term 2
Encyclopaedia articles (2) 5% 1 per term
Essay (1) 20% end of semester

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Ursula Burkhardt, Iris Korte-Klimach, Ila Lützenkirchen; Passwort Deutsch 4 ; Klett Sprachen GmbH, 2014 (Kurs- und Übungsbuch + CD).

There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course.

Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides

Course links

Library portal
LEARN The full Course Outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $799.00

International fee $3,600.00

* 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 GRMN251 Occurrences

  • GRMN251-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022
  • GRMN251-22S1 (D) Semester One 2022 (Distance)