GER 202: German IV

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2024
Credits: 5
Total Contact Hours: 90
Lecture Hours : 90
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 180
Total Student Learning Hours: 270
Prerequisite: GER 201 or four years of high school German.
District General Education: C2. Humanities
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: Yes - Approved
Grading Method: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Catalog Course Description

A course emphasizing the development of effective skills for reading, understanding, and interpreting more advanced readings in German literature and culture. Extensive practice in oral and written expression at the intermediate-high level is provided. Grammatical concepts are thoroughly reviewed and expanded. 90 lecture hours.

Course Objectives

  • communicate facts and explain points of view
  • discuss abstract ideas relating to foreign and native cultures and demonstrate cognitive awareness of areas of difference
  • discuss current events and topics of personal interest
  • narrate, describe, and explain in past, present, and future time
  • understand standard German spoken at a normal rate, with some repetition and rewording
  • read uncomplicated, authentic prose on familiar subjects (sports, travel, movies, theatre, food, music, current events)
  • read within the limits of identifiable vocabulary some unedited texts from carefully chosen authors, usually contemporary
  • write cohesive summaries, short narratives, and descriptions of factual topics in past, present, and future time.
  • write about a limited number of current events and daily situations; express personal preferences and observations in some detail using basic structures
  • participate in almost all social situations; handle unfamiliar situations with ease and sensitivity

Major Course Content

  1. Vocabulary
    1. Personal characteristics
    2. Marital status
    3. Relationships
    4. Feelings
    5. The city
    6. Directions
    7. People
    8. Activities
    9. Problems
    10. Descriptions
    11. Film
    12. Radio
    13. Television
    14. Mass media
    15. People involved in the media
    16. The press
    17. Travel
    18. Vacation
    19. At the train station
    20. At the airport
    21. At the hotel
    22. At the campground
    23. On a ski trip
    24. At the beach
    25. Art and literature
    26. Literary works
    27. Fine arts
    28. Music
    29. Theater
    30. Artists
  2. Grammar
    1. Word order
    2. Present tense
    3. Nominative and accusative cases
    4. Pronouns
    5. Possessive adjectives
    6. Dative and genitive cases
    7. Prepositions
    8. Perfect tense
    9. Separable and inseparable prefix verbs
    10. Simple past
    11. Coordinating, adverbial, and subordinating conjunctions
    12. Relative pronouns and clauses
    13. Future
    14. Adjectives
    15. Modal verbs
    16. Comparatives
    17. Superlatives
    18. Da- and wo-compounds
    19. Prepositional verb phrases
  3. Speaking​
    1. Intermediate-level vocabulary 
    2. Oral presentations       
    3. Skits       
    4. Songs
  4. Writing
    1. Essays       
    2. Compositions 
    3. Poetry       
    4. Dialogues 
    5. Narratives
    6. Letters 
  5. Reading   
    1. Dialogues 
    2. Excerpts of literary work 
    3. Short stories 
    4. Poetry 
    5. Magazines and newspaper articles 
    6. Essays 
    7. Plays

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

1. Selected readings from major Francophone authors 2. Magazine and newspaper articles 3. Internet research

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

1. E-mail communication with students in Germany and other Germanic countries 2. Reports about the culture, economy, or history of Germanic regions of the world 3. Textbook exercises 4. Student-authored skits 5. Short compositions, summaries, and essays 6. Poetry and short stories 7. Journals

Examples of Outside Assignments

1. Watch and/or listen to news broadcasts, special programs, etc. in the target language and provide written and/or oral summaries. 2. Practice listening and speaking skills by interviewing native speakers of German. 3. Give an oral presentation to the class in French on a topic of interest to the speaker.

Instruction Type(s)


IGETC Area 3: Arts and Humanities

3B. Humanities

IGETC Area 6: Languages other than English