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Queen's University

GRMN 201*

Intermediate German I

Section 1: Montag 11:30-13:00 Uhr, Donnerstag 13:00-14:30 Uhr. KINGST 304
Section 2: Montag, 8:30--10.00 Uhr, Donnerstag 10:00-11:30 Uhr. KINGST 308.     

Tutorial 004:      Montag 1.30-2.30 KIN 308.
Tutorial 003:
      Dienstag 8.30-9.30 KIN 308.

With few exceptions, the tutorials will take place in your own time, outside of the classroom, on Skype exchange with students from the University of Halle, Germany, in October and November.

ProfessorinDr. Monika Holzschuh Sator. KIN 411, 613 533-2076,
Office Hours:  Dienstag  10-11, Donnerstag 12-12.30 Uhr und nach Vereinbarung [by appointment].

Bücher, die Sie brauchen:

  • Terrell, Tschirner, Nikolai et al.: Kontakte. A Communicative Approach, 7th Edition. McGraw Hill, 2012.  We will be using the Queen’s Kontakte Custom Package, ISBN 1259077020, which contains:

* A custom soft cover copy of Kontakte, 7th edition, Chapters 5-12, plus relevant material from other sections of the book,

* An access key for Connect German, the online learning platform that includes the eBook, the online textbook exercises and Arbeitsbuch, an audio/video chat feature, and more.

  • We will be reading three short stories from the series Leo & Co. Leichte Lektüre für Deutsch als Fremdsprache : Langenscheidt, 2010. 
    Große Gefühle  ISBN: 978-3-468-49752-0,
    Schwere Kost ISBN: 978-3-468-49747-6,
    Der Jaguar ISBN: 978-3-468-49750-6.

The books each come with an audiobook CD.

Study Guide (2013)

Course Objectives:

German 201 is intended for students withan advanced beginner knowledge of the German language, having completed GRMN 101*/102* or equivalent. We begin with a thorough review and consolidation of the grammar structures and vocabulary acquired in GRMN 101*/102*.While we emphasize oral communication, all four foreign language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) will be addressed. With your active participation, this course will help you expand your German language skills, specifically:

  • to have everyday conversationsin German. You will learn how to expand your abilities to function in a German-speaking environment and to express yourself on a number of topics
  • to understand speakers of Germanon topics such as leisure-time activities, interests, travelling, being ill or having an accident, life plans etc.
  • to increase your reading abilities in Germanby reading longer texts; to acquire reading strategiesin German, strengthening your ability to understand and analyze different kinds of texts with limited dictionary use
  • to write short texts, dealing with everyday topics and issues, and edit them for grammatical correctness
  • to improve your pronunciation in German.
  • You will also review and continue to acquiregrammatical and syntactic structures and patterns, which underlie all communication in the language.
  • The course will provide information aboutvarious aspects of the cultures in German-speaking countries.

Grading and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (see These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University (see the Senate Report on Principles and Priorities). Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity.  Information on academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (see Academic Regulation 1), on the Arts and Science website (see, and from the instructor of this course.

Copyright of Course Materials

Materials generated by instructors of this course may not be posted to commercial course material sites without permission. However, they may be used and adapted, with attribution, for noncommercial purposes.

Your final grade will consist of the following components:

Item Weight
Attendance and participation (5+5)


Review: 2.5%

Textbook and workbook exercises (Kap.10-12) 5.5% (2-2-1.5)

Homework to accompany reading  4%

total: 12%
1 Schreibarbeit (=3%) + 2 Skypeprotokolle (=5%)
Warmup Exercise
7 Quizzes (best 6 of 7)
Test 15%
Oral project 10%
Oral Exam 10%
Final Exam 20%

 Attendance and Participation

Attendance is mandatory and of the utmost importance in making your language learning experience a successful one. Your attendance and participation grade will be lowered by 1% for each unexcused absence in excess of three classes (= 1 week!).If you never voluntarily participate in class, your participation mark will be 0%.

Should you have to miss a class, it is your responsibility to catch up on work and assignments. Please ask your fellow students first  – I'll be happy to answer any remaining questions. Please come to my office hours!

Remember that you must receive 60% in this category to pass this course.
Review and Kontakte Chapters 9-12

  • On the course Moodle page, you will find Lists of Learned Knowledgeof the vocabulary and grammar we are studying for the review sessions at the beginning of the course, and for each of the Kontaktechapters. Please review and study the appropriate List after each class, at the beginning of your study session.
  • During the first 3 weeks of the course, half of our time will is allocated to a thorough review. Please complete the exercises as detailed in the handouts: Hausaufgaben zur Wiederholung and take this opportunity to review important material very seriously!
  • We will complete the last three chapters of Kontakte– the homework will be similar to what you are accustomed to from GRMN 101* and 102*:As review after each class, complete the corresponding work exercises in Connect German. Submit your answers and carefully note the corrections. You can resubmit the answers to improve your mark.
    In order to prepare for the next class, read the grammar sections in the Textbuch (TB)and complete the online exercises as assigned in the study guide. Again, submit your answers, carefully look at corrections, and resubmit any answers, if necessary.

Work on the specific exercises assigned in the Semesterplan(study guide) each day -these detailed assignments serve as important complements to review, foster, and expand your daily learning experiences in the classroom. Due to the cumulative nature of the material, “cramming” won’t work as a long-term study habit in a language class. For maximum learning, the assigned exercises are due at class time and only available until then.

Reading: Leo & Co.
We will read three short stories from the series Leo & Co. Two of them will be covered in class – please prepare the assigned reading and exercises. You will read the second book, Große Gefühle, individually and submit the assigned questions as part of your homework mark.

Schreibaufgaben + Skypeprotokolle

Please make sure to edit your writing with the help of our list of ‘Fehler verboten!’(see Moodle!) and double-space your assignments! Save a tree…. please do not use title pages.

Bewertung:Schreibarbeit / 10 Punkte
Skypeprotokoll  Frage a) / 3 Punkte, Frage b / 7 Punkte = / 10

Schreibaufgabe 1 – Abgabetermin: 17.10. (Class 2 in week 6)
Was haben Sie im Sommer gemacht? Wo waren Sie, wen haben Sie besucht? etc.
Was möchten Sie nächsten Sommer machen? Wohin würden Sie gerne fahren?

Skypeprotokoll 1 – Abgabetermin 7.11. (Class 2 in week 9)

  1.  Welche 3 neuen Wörter/Ausdrücke (expressions) haben Sie gelernt? Deutsch+Englisch+Satz! 
  2.  Was hat IhrE PartnerIn an der Uni Halle im Sommer gemacht? (5-6 Sätze)

Skypeprotokoll 2 – Abgabetermin 21.11 (Class 2 in week 11)

  1.  Welche 3 neuen Wörter/Ausdrücke (expressions) haben Sie gelernt? Deutsch+Englisch+Satz! 
  2. Was macht IhrE PartnerIn an der Uni Halle, wenn er/sie eine Erkältung oder die Grippe hat? War er/sie schon einmal im Krankenhaus? Warum? (5-6 Sätze)

Warm-up Exercise
There are a number of exercises either assigned as homework, as in-class writing etc., that lend themselves for warm-up/review in the next class. Sign up, send me a PP slide and present briefly.

There will be 7 short weekly quizzes of approx. 5-10 minutes. Each quiz will test verbs, vocabulary, ability to understand and communicate on the current level of the class, and recently learned grammar structures. The quizzes are meant to help you stay on top of the class material.

The longer test is 50 minutes long and includes a listening comprehension section, tests communicative and writing skills, vocabulary and grammar structures. The test will take place in our tutorial time on Monday/Tuesday, 14/15 October(week 6).

The interview is 15 minutes in length for 2 students being interviewed at the same time, during week 9. You and your partner will meet with your instructor and have a conversation on the level appropriate to the course. Part of the interview will also be an outloud reading (with proper pronunciation) of a passage from assigned pages from Leo& Co

Oral Project
In small groups, organize a presentation or skit on a German cultural topic of your choice, to be performed in week 12. Your script should be 750-850 words in length. Your presentation must build on themes, vocabulary, grammatical structures and cultural information that the course provides.You may use a maximum of 1 or 2 new words per group member. Use a PowerPoint presentation or props to illustrate your topic.

The grade will be split between content, language and presentation skills: Wortschatz /10, Inhalt (content) /20, Originalität/Kreativität /15, Grammatik (Skript) / 20, Grammatik (Präsentation) /10, Präsentation / 25.

This is a group project; each student has to talk during the actual presentation, preferably for an equal time.

Please sign up to meet with your instructor to correct your script; as many members of your group as possible should attend. Please be punctual. Everyone needs their own script; bring an extra for your instructor). Reading from your electronic device is not permitted as corrections take too long.

During the presentation, you may not read directly from a written text. You may use bullet points on note cards if necessary, but are strongly encouraged to learn your text by heart.

Final Exam
The exam takes place during the exam period in December. It will be two hours in length and it will be scheduled by the Exams Office (your instructor has no influence on exam arrangements). No aids will be allowed.

Special Arrangements
If you need special arrangements for the final exam or other assignments, please seek advice at Health, Counseling and Disability Services. Speak to your instructor as soon as possible so you can be accommodated. Your instructor welcomes feedback on accessibility issues.

Add/Drop Dates for 3.0 Courses, Fall Term 2013

Add: 20 September, Drop without academic penalty: 1 November.

Additional Tips

The activities in the classroom are mainly concerned with the acquisition of active communicative skills. You should review the material carefully after each class in order to be able to participate freely in activities. Conscientious learning of grammatical concepts and vocabulary are important as a basis for meaningful practice in real communicative situations.

Your instructor will speak German in class. You will not understand every word, but do not worry about this; simply keep listening for words that you do know. A good language learner is a willing guesser who accepts the uncertainty of not understanding every word. But please: never hesitate to ask for clarification of an important concept or if you don’t know what to do in an activity.

Please make use of your professor’s office hours! This time is set aside for you: to help you with any problems or concerns, to catch up, to give you additional practice for a concept that you found difficult, for help with pronunciation etc.

How you can keep learning German over the holidays and beyond...

Here are some great resources on the internet!

  • Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster: here you can find the latest news, analysis and current affairs from Germany and around the world:  Viewed worldwide 35 million times per month, most articles are available in both German and English (top right: Wählen Sie aus 30 Sprachen).  Check out 'Deutschkurse' (under 'Deutsch lernen' in the column on the left). There are many interesting features, f.ex. 'Deutsch Interaktiv' – German in 30 Lessons, with over 1000 exercises, videos, audio material and slideshows. A lot of it can be downloaded to your iPod. I highly recommend 'Top Thema mit Vokabeln' and 'Deutsch lernen mit Videos'! There is a new one each week, and they come with tapescript, a glossary and exercises.
  • Also highly recommended: the home page of the Goethe-Institut, the most important organization promoting German language and culture: (including chat rooms, e-mail contacts, Second Life and so much more!)
  • One of my favorite sites remains German for Music Lovers: It is not updated regularly, I believe, but has a lot of good information, including a very useful 'Glossary of Grammatical Terms'.
  •  Mein Deutschbuch is new, more grammar-oriented, with useful lists

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