Conversational German III – CGRM 103

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.

Prerequisites

CGRM 102

Rationale

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.

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 topics (e.g., business and industry, arts and academics, and emergency situations).
  2. Employ appropriately the vocabulary taught in this course to generate and respond to spoken and written German.
  3. Make effective use of German to communicate, orally and in writing, a variety of ideas, emotions, opinions, critiques, and suggestions.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of more complex grammar and syntax vital to communicating effectively in the German language.
  5. Speak the language with highly accurate pronunciation (i.e., stress, rhythm, and intonation) that can easily be understood by native speakers of German.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum

The student is required to participate in 1 Discussion Board Forum. This will be completed in 2 parts: a thread, answering the instructor’s prompt (100–150 words) and 2 replies (50–100 words each) in which the student will reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads.

Rosetta Stone Lessons and Milestones (7)

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 14–16 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 his/her knowledge of vocabulary and structure covered in that unit.

Oral Assessments (4)

The student will complete 4 oral assessments on various topics and of varying lengths throughout the course.

Quizzes (3)

Multiple quizzes will assess the student’s knowledge of vocabulary and/or grammatical concepts covered in the course. Four quizzes will target reading and writing skills specifically. Quizzes are open-book/open-notes, 20 minutes long, and contain 10 fill-in-the-blank questions.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will consist of 2 parts: (1) a Liberty University Online-specific ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPI-c to Advanced [OPI-c-OFFCL]) administered via telephone by Language Testing International, Inc. and (2) a written exam to be completed in Blackboard. The written exam is open-book/open-notes.