LGE131 - German Language Skills 1

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Subject Title
German Language Skills 1

Subject Description
This course is designed to develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing contemporary German within a cultural framework. The language is taught through the use of integrated, thematic units that stress and reinforce these four skills. By the end of this course, students will be able to listen to, speak, read, and write German with a basic level of fluency and demonstrate an awareness of German culture in different parts of  the world.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit:

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. use the German language as a medium for learning;
2. develop the ability to think and respond in German when exposed to the language;
3. initiate and maintain a simple conversation in German in a practical context;
4. communicate meaningfully in German to share experiences, express opinions, feelings, and observations;
5. demonstrate a cultural understanding of various German-speaking regions throughout the world.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

Listening Skills
  • Students will be able to:differentiate sounds within words;
  • recognize sound patterns (e.g. phonemes, intonation, stress and/or tone);
  • listen critically and interpret spoken language in order to communicate with peers and the teacher on familiar topics;
  • interpret the main idea from spoken German instruction;
  • demonstrate an ability to listen critically for the purpose of acquiring a new language;
Speaking Skills
  • Students will be able to:
  • speak clearly and use appropriate gestures;
  • use clear and accurate pronunciation and intonation;
  • respond appropriately to questions on familiar topics;
  • communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings on familiar topics using vocabulary appropriate to the level;
  • demonstrate confidence and willingness to take risks when communicating in German;
  • use German to work collaboratively with peers and the instructor.
Reading/Writing Skills
  • Students will be able to:grasp the main ideas and key information in a wide range of resources (books, letters, menus, etc...);
  • deduce, infer, and predict meaning using textual and visual clues in resources;
  • read in German with greater confidence;
  • express themselves in written formats.
Cultural Understanding
  • Students will be able to: express themselves and behave in a manner that reflects respect for German-speaking cultures within our pluralistic society;
  • identify cultural similarities and differences in customs, foods, education, family life, and values;
  • identify specific regions/countries where German is spoken.

Mode of Instruction

Instructors develop the listening and speaking skills of their students by using a wide range of teaching strategies (teacher-centred, student-centred, paired, and grouped activities) to meet the different learning styles of their students.
Students will be expected to prepare on a weekly basis for the upcoming class by reading and studying assigned text material.  In addition to the weekly classes, students should spend a minimum of three hours per week on independent study to further cement their learning. 

Prescribed Texts

Evans, Sandra. Menschen A1.1: Kursbuch (w/DVD). Hueber. ISBN-13: 9783193019011

Evans, Sandra. Menschen A1:Arbeitsbuch (w/CD). Hueber. ISBN-13: 9783193119018

Recommended Text:
Schwingshackl. Menschen A1/1 Glossar XXL Deutsch-Englisch (Glossary German/English). Hueber. ISBN-13: 9783190519019

Reference Material

German-English/English German dictionary (pocket or medium size).

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

To be successful in this subject, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy
Term Work:
The term work will constitute 85% of the final grade.  The instructor’s class schedule will indicate the nature of the weekly activities and assignments, their due dates, and their value.
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date. If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Final Examination:
The final in-class examination will constitute 15% of the final grade.

Grading Scheme:

Culture / Oral / Aural / Written


Final Exam


Student Success: 

Attending classes, fully participating in course activities, ensuring you are prepared for class by completing assigned readings and activities, completing and handing in all required course work prior to the final exam will increase your chances of success in the course.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood