Official Course Outline





††††††††††††††† Course Prefix/Number/Title:†††††††††† GER 101 Beginning German I


Credit Hours:4 Lecture Hours:4††††††††††††††† Lab Hours:N/A††††††††††††††† Total Contact Hours:4


††††††††††††††† Pre-requisite:None ††††††††† Co-requisite:†† None



††††††††††† Course Description:Introduces understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills and emphasizes basic ††† ††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† German sentence structure. May include an additional hour of oral drill and practice per week.



††††††††††††††† Course Objectives:


  • To assist students in understanding basic spoken German on familiar topics including asking and answering questions on common everyday topics
  • To facilitate studentsí oral and written ability to describe people and places, to narrate events in the present, and to begin making future plans
  • To help students learn to read and comprehend basic German texts on familiar topics
  • To help students develop geographic, historic, and cultural understanding of German- speaking countries.


††††††††††††††† Course Content:

         Greetings, introductions, and leave taking

         The German alphabet and pronunciation

         Forming questions

         Vocabulary dealing with school, family, housing, daily routine, foods, shopping, clothes, holidays and celebrations

         Personaland interrogative pronouns

         Nouns and articles (nominative and accusative cases)

         Cardinal and ordinal numbers

         The infinitives and the present tense of regular and irregular verbs (w/ stem vowel changes and separable prefixes)

         Prepositions in the accusative case

         Time, days of the week, months, and seasons

         Descriptive and possessive adjectives

         The imperative and modal verbs

         The dative case

  • Cultural information about Germany and its european neighboring countries



††††††††††††††† Textbooks:Robert Di Donato. Deutsch: Na klar! with audio components/ancillary materials(+ Workbook and LabManual and and audio components).4th edition. New York:McGraw-Hill, 2004.


Note:Both the textbook, Workbook and Lab Manual should come packaged with required audio components in either CD or MP3 format, as well as other ancillary materials such as a pocket dictionary.All audio components for both the textbook and Lab manual are required for the course.