CGRM103: Conversational German III

11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

This course will further the objectives of Conversational German 101 and 102, with an increased focus on grammar and vocabulary supporting practical conversational skills. Intended for students whose first language is not German but who have previous German training and/or experience through CGRM 102.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The ultimate goal of this course is to enable students to communicate effectively in German. Focus is on development of the four communicative skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing (in order of priority). Because German is the most widely spoken native language in Europe and ranks number three among all second languages studied worldwide, knowledge of this language opens unique doors of opportunity in fields such as Christian service, education, international relations, scientific research, technology, and world commerce.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. The student is required to participate in two discussions:

  • Discussion: Field Trip
  • Discussion: Instructor’s Prompt.

The discussions will be completed in two parts: a thread that responds to the prompt and replies in which the student will reply to  classmates’ threads.

Rosetta Stone Milestone Report Assignments (8)

The complete Rosetta Stone program consists of 5 levels; each level contains 4 units; and each unit is made up of 4 lessons and a Milestone assessment. In this course, the student is to complete Units 13–16 in Level 4 and Units 17–20 in Level 5.

The student will also complete the Milestone assessment at the end of each unit as a demonstration of his/her proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as their knowledge of vocabulary and structure covered in that unit.

Oral Language Practice Assignments (3)

The student will engage in three Oral Language Practice Assignments, including the Oral Language Preparation Assignment, the Oral Language Practice 1 Assignment, and the Oral Language Practice 2 Assignment. These assignments are designed to help the student prepare for the OPIc Final Exam Assignment by practicing responses to similar prompts which might be presented to the student during the OPIc.

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPIc) Final Exam Assignment

The Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc) determines the language proficiency of the student at the conclusion of the course. The OPIc is an internationally recognized oral proficiency assessment created by Language Testing International (LTI). This oral interview is a 30-40 minutes test of spoken proficiency to elicit a sample of speech via pre-recorded prompts delivered by a computer. The test is administered via a phone connection. Tests are rated by ACTFL Certified Raters. The student is assessed on his/her ability to speak the standard form of the target language without using another language or slang. The student’s ability to communicate orally in the target language is the only skill being assessed and not the content of answers, responses, or opinions.

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