GRMN252-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance)

Intermediate German Language B

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This is the second of two intermediate German language courses. This course extends the reading, writing and discussion skills acquired in GRMN251 and places greater emphasis on writing and reading skills, including the reading of short stories.

This course is the second semester and continuation of the intermediate German language course GRMN251. You should have knowledge of intermediate German grammar structures and vocabulary equivalent to A2, European framework.

This is an online course and you will have to provide the equipment to participate (lap top/computer and stable internet connection). You will join the on-campus GRMN252 cohort in their lessons via zoom. In addition to that, the sessions will be recorded for you to view in your own time. The lecturer will also be available via zoom by arrangement for consultation.
There will be ample opportunity to interact with other students during the course and also online using i.e. Facebook. The students are encouraged to read German newspaper articles and a book in German during the term break.

By the end of the course the students will have German proficiency equivalent to level B1, Common European framework (CEFR).

If you have any questions about the structure of the course, please contact the course coordinator.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course you will acquire skills in all four areas of functional literacy, reading, writing, speaking and listening. By the end of the course you will be able to read intermediate level literature (level 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 TV shows and talking books.Students will also develop skills in digital literacy, searching in German on the internet, evaluating German online resources, individually remixing internet information for presenting in class.

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.

External Exams
After this course you will be able to sit the Goethe Institute exam, level B1.

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.


GRMN251, or
placement test. Note: The course assumes a relatively high level of proficiency in German language. Even well prepared high school students should therefore enrol in GRMN251.


GRMN108, GRMN118

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Andi Dorrer


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Arbeitsblätter (5) 15% Due fortnightly starting in week 2
Vokabelquizzes (5) 10% Held weeks 2, 4, 5, 8, 10
Written tests (2) 40% Held weeks 6 & 12
Oral test, term 1 5% Conversation: discuss a statistic, due week 5
Oral test, term 2 5% Presentation: Deutschland in Christchurch, due week 11
Encyclopaedia Articles (2) 5% 1 per term
Essay (1) 20% Due during the exam period

Textbooks / Resources

Course material to be supplied.

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 $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* 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 GRMN252 Occurrences

  • GRMN252-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021
  • GRMN252-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance)