Conversational German I – CGRM 101

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/09/2022

Course Description

This is an introductory course designed to develop practical conversational German skills. Intended for students whose first language is not German and/or have no previous German training and/or experience.

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

Rationale

The ultimate goal of this course is to enable the student to communicate effectively in German. The focus is on the 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 Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

The student will discuss cultural and other aspects of Germany and the German language while integrating Christian worldview perspectives. Discussion boards are a collaborative learning experience; therefore, the student is required to write a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must contain at least 100 words. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 25 words (CLO: B; FSLO: CGE 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5; CIL 2).

Speaking Discussion Preparation Assignment

The student will schedule and attend an appointment with a tutor from Liberty University’s Online Foreign Language Lab (OFLL) to practice his/her pronunciation and grammar. This will prepare the student to answer questions for the Discussion: All About Me submission. (CLO: E; FSLO: CGE 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5; CIL 1, 2, and 3).

Discussion: All About Me Assignment

The student will record answers in German to provided questions. The student will then submit his/her recording as his/her thread. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads, giving encouragement and specific feedback on their recordings (CLO: B and D; FSLO: CGE 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5; CIL 1, 2, and 3).

Rosetta Stone Assignments (4)

In this course, the student will complete Rosetta Stone Units 1–4 in Level 1.

The student will complete all 4 lessons (for a total of 32 exercises) and the Milestone in each unit. The lessons will address listening, speaking, reading, and writing as well as vocabulary and sentence structure. Completing all of the lessons will prepare the student to complete each milestone assignment successfully. Each exercise must be finished with a Rosetta Stone score of 70% or higher to be considered complete. (CLO: A, B, and C; FSLO: CIL 2 and 3).

Quiz: Rosetta Stone Live Coaching Session (2)

The student will complete 2 Live Coaching sessions within the Rosetta Stone program to develop fluency in understanding and speaking German. After each Live Coaching Session, the student will complete a quiz to verify completion of the session and attach the RS report showing the completed tutoring time (CLO: C, D, and E; FSLO: CIL 1 and 3).

Online Foreign Language Lab Final Interview Preparation Assignment

The student will schedule and attend an OFLL Interview Assessment preparation session with a Liberty University Online Foreign Language Lab (OFLL) tutor. The student will review responses to the previous speaking discussion in German and other class materials to prepare for the OFLL Interview Assessment (CLO: C, D, and E; FSLO: CIL 1 and 3).

Online Foreign Language Lab Final Interview Assignment

The student will schedule an appointment with an Online Foreign Language Lab (OFLL) tutor. Using the vocabulary and grammar learned through Rosetta Stone and the textbook, the student will respond to the tutor’s questions in German. A recording of the interview assessment will be send to your instructor for review and grading (CLO: C, D, and E; FSLO: CIL 1 and 3).

Grammar Quizzes (6)

There will be 6 quizzes throughout the course that will assess the student’s knowledge of the grammar concepts covered in the textbook. Each quiz is open-book/open-notes, contains 10 multiple-choice, matching, ordering, or true/false questions, and has a 20-minute time limit (CLO: B, C, D).