• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject German
  • Areas of interest European Languages
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Gabriele Schmidt
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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In this introductory course students begin to develop basic listening and reading comprehension, as well as oral and written German communication skills.  The course provides an introduction to basic German grammar and training in language learning strategies. Students are introduced to life and culture of the german-speaking societies and principles of intercultural communication.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion, the student will be able to communicate in very simple (1) spoken and (2) written German about topics covered in the course. This will include engaging in a very simple conversation of predictable content, as well as reading and writing about personal details and other topics covered in the course. In addition, the student will be able to (3) read and (4) listen for gist to more complex and/or more rapidly spoken German. The student will have gained a first awareness of (5) aspects of life and culture of the German speaking societies and (6) principles of intercultural communication.

Indicative Assessment

This course has continuous assessment to provide students with regular feedback on their learning progress. Proposed are: five tests (60%), Einf. A (4%); Einf. B (6%), Kap 1 (10%); Kap 2 (18%), Kap 3 (22%), one written communication task (20%), one interactive writing project (20%), draft (8%); Final (12%).

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This course is delivered on-campus and has 4 contact hours per week. The course is designed for interactive face-to-face teaching and learning and students are expected to regularly attend classes and to participate actively. This enables regular input of the German language which is essential for the development of good language skills. Students with conflicting classes should consult the course coordinator.

In addition to the contact hours, students are required to do regular homework (approximately an hour for each contact hour) plus all scheduled assignments and tests.


Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed GERM6501

Prescribed Texts

Kontakte: Textbook and Arbeitsbuch. Sixth Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009. A no-frills custom copy, compiled by the Coordinator, is available from the Co-op Bookshop accompanying.  Audio, video and interactive CD's are available from shops in the Chifley library;



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2050 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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