Conversational German II – CGRM 102

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 04/06/2022

Course Description

This course will further the objectives of CGRM 101 by expanding students’ practical conversational skills. Intended for students whose first language is not German but who have previous German training and/or experience through CGRM 101.

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. 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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Use all four language skills—listening, reading, speaking, and writing—to communicate effectively in German on a variety of everyday topics (e.g., home and health, life and world, places and events).
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the vocabulary taught in this course through responses to written and spoken cues in German.
  3. Employ the language appropriately to give commands, express wishes, read/discuss short articles, and relate what others have said.
  4. Demonstrate increased understanding of basic grammatical concepts and syntax vital to communicating effectively in the German language.
  5. Speak the language with a degree of accuracy in stress, rhythm, and intonation that can be understood by native speakers of German.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to participate in 2 Discussions. These will be completed in 2 parts: a thread answering the instructor’s prompt (200 words) and replies (50 words each) in which the student will reply to at least 2 of his/her classmates’ threads. (MLO: A, C, D)

Rosetta Stone Assignments (8)

Lessons

Students will use Rosetta Stone to develop and practice their German listening and speaking skills. They will complete Level 2 & Level 3 (Units 5–12), i.e. one unit each week. Completing lessons will be valuable before taking the Rosetta Stone Milestones.

Milestones

The student will also complete 8 milestone assessments in Rosetta Stone. The Milestones will assess speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills introduced in the unit. (MLO: A, B, D)

Online Foreign Language Lab: Tutoring and Reflection: Speaking Preparation Assignment

The student will make an appointment with a Liberty University Online Foreign Language Lab (OFLL) tutor to practice his/her pronunciation of the answers given to the questions provided. This will enable the student to prepare for his/her Speaking Exercise. (MLO: E) 

Speaking: Einladung zu einer Feier Assignment

The goal is to demonstrate appropriate knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation to communicate with German speakers on the topic. (MLO: A, B, D, E)

Rosetta Stone Live Coaching and Reflection Assignment (2)

The student will complete two live coaching sessions within the Rosetta Stone program. Once the session has been completed, the student will write a summary of the session, including a reflection of at least 100 words on his/her personal speaking abilities and a plan for improvement. (MLO: A, B, D, E)

Online Foreign Language Lab: Tutoring & Reflection: Final Interview Assignment

The student will schedule an appointment with a Liberty University Online Foreign Language Lab (OFLL) tutor. Using the vocabulary and grammar learned throughout the course, the student will respond in German to questions posed by the tutor. (MLO: C, D, E)

Quizzes (4)

There will be 4 quizzes that will assess the student’s knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical concepts covered in the assigned Grammar textbook readings. All quizzes will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice, matching, ordering and true/false questions, and have a 45 or 60 minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, D)