Basic German I

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Modern Languages
Course Code
MODL 1131
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Certificate in Global Competency
Industry Designation
Typically Offered


Course Description
This course is designed for students who have little or no knowledge of the German language. It is aimed at developing basic oral and written communicative skills through the study of vocabulary, grammar, and culture. German is spoken in class as much as possible.
Course Content
  1. Basic syntactic structures
  2. Basic lexicon
  3. The phonological system of German
  4. Cultural aspects of German-speaking countries
Learning Activities

The functional and communicative approach will be used. 

Classroom activities include: presentation of material by the instructor, practice in pairs and small groups, listening comprehension and audio-visual presentations.

Conversation labs in small groups with a Native Language Assistant.

Means of Assessment
Written Evaluations
(May include but not limited to writing and reading exercises, chapter tests, paragraph writing, written homework, preparation, Final Written Exam)
Oral Evaluations
(May include but not limited to oral tests, oral presentations, listening comprehension, conversation lab, attendance, preparation, class participation, Final Oral Exam)

No single evaluation will be worth more than 20%.

Learning Outcomes

The student will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in German (present tense only) at the basic level in:

  1. Aural comprehension of simple discourse
  2. Reading comprehension of simplified texts
  3. Speech delivery: extend greetings, express needs, ask questions and give replies
  4. Written expression: simple sentences and short dialogues
Textbook Materials

Terrell, et al. Kontakte: A Communicative Approach. McGraw-Hill.

Accompanying workbook.



No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for MODL 1131
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU GERM 102 (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU GERM 1110 (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU GERM 101 (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO GERM 100 (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV GERM 100 (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC INTS 151 (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GERM 101 (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC GMST 1XX (1.5)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU HUMA 1st (3)

Course Offerings

Summer 2023