German I

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    German I

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    German, German Culture

  • Language Level

    Beginning

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION:
    Fundamental concepts of the German language and aspects of German culture. Essentials of German structure and basic vocabulary used to communicate in everyday situations. Four-skill-approach (listening, reading, speaking, writing) with emphasis on communicative competence. (CEFR-A1)

    RATIONALE: 
    This is an introductory course for students with no prior knowledge of the German language. Students learn to understand the target language and to express themselves in everyday situations. After taking the class, they will be able to talk about themselves and to establish essential social contacts. This course is the first in a three-part series, which leads to proficiency in oral and written usage of modern colloquial German.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES:
    The student who has completed this course will be able to:
    1. Demonstrate understanding of simple spoken expressions, phrases and interactions related to basic familiar everyday needs provided the speech is slowly and clearly articulated.
    2. Demonstrate understanding of words, simple sentences and short texts containing basic, commonly used vocabulary.
    3. Take part in short and simple conversation related to basic familiar everyday needs.
    4. Compose very short sentences and simple short texts containing basic commonly used vocabulary.
    5. Demonstrate understanding of basic cultural similarities and differences.

    METHODS OF TEACHING AND LEARNING:
    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Classes encompass all four skills of language learning (i.e. reading and writing, listening and speaking).
    - Work in class concentrates on oral communication in German, reading and writing assignments are done mostly as homework.
    - Extensive Partner and group work reinforce the communicative aspect.

    Classes consist of interactive learning and the instructor is a guide, a source of information, and a facilitator in the learning process.

    Activities
    - listening activities with audio/video input (in and out of class)
    - instructor’s and students’ conclusion and synthesis regarding grammar and syntax
    - group and individual writing (in and out of class)
    - role plays imitating real life situations
    - presentations of basic German socio-cultural aspects
    - exercises with the workbooks and with internet sites (mainly out of 
    Syllabus GE 1000 2 class)