GRMN252-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance)

Intermediate German Language and Culture B

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


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.  The students will complete regular grammar and writing assignments, there will be ample opportunity to speak and listen in a classroom setting and also online using i.e. Facebook and Instagram. The students are encouraged to read German newspaper articles and a book in German during the term break.
In the end of the course the students will have German proficiency equivalent to level B1, Common European framework (CEFR).

This is an online course. You will join the on-campus cohort in their regular hours via Zoom. The course has 3 one-hour tutorials per week and it is important that you join for as many as you can, as languages require active engagement to reach the best learning outcome. As an additional option for distance students (who might have chosen this form for its increased flexibility or in case of technical difficulties) the lectures will be recorded and can be viewed in your own time.

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.

    The 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

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Online Delivery
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Online Delivery
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Online Delivery
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Online Delivery
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Anne Blumenthal


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Arbeitsblätter (5) 15% Fortnightly starting in week 2 (at the end of each chapter)
In-class Vokabelquizzes (4) 10% Held weeks 2, 4, 8, 10
Radiosendung/Podcast 10% Week 12
Encyclopaedia Article (2) 5% 1 per term
Essay (1) 20% Due during University exam period
Written tests (2) 40% Held weeks 6 & 12

Textbooks / Resources

There will be no Textbook for this semester, the students will be provided with all necessary
material in the first session of the semester. If you cannot attend the semester, please email the
course coordinator in advance to obtain the material for the first week.

There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course including additional material: grammar sheets, listening comprehension and Ferienlektüre. Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides

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 GRMN252 Occurrences

  • GRMN252-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024
  • GRMN252-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance)