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German 302 is an advanced language course that helps you to improve your mastery of eight integrated language skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, vocabulary, cultural competence and pronunciation. The course is broken down into seven units. In each unit, you will read, watch videos, listen to music, write formal and informal essays, practice grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, and take part in conversations with your teacher. Your grade will be determined by your performance on your written assignments and essays, in your conversations, and on your final exam.


In the assignments and on the exams of German 302, students will be able to do the following:

  1. Complete reading, writing, speaking, and listening assignments with a proficiency that corresponds to the Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels B1 to B2 as defined in the chart below.
  2. Demonstrate a high accuracy in the following grammatical areas: Basic Verb Tenses and Forms (including Imperative Forms), Adjective Endings, Case Declension, Prepositions (Accusative, Dative, Genitive and 2-Way, including phrases), Word Order (All Aspects), Coordinating and Subordinating Conjunctions, Comparatives and Superlatives, Relative Clauses (Nominative, Accusative, Dative).
  3. Use and understand a wide range of vocabulary items, idiomatic phrases and proverbs adopted from the class readings and from the skill areas covered by the textbook
  4. In writing, conversation and especially in the video and Skype-based assignments, the student will be able to correctly adjust her or his language according to German cultural practices such as proper register, honorifics, conversational cues, body language, etiquette, proverbs, historical/cultural/ literary/geographic references, etc.
  5. Achieve a B1-B2-level pronunciation rating on her or his spoken language, with an emphasis on the following sounds: r (initial, intervocalic, and final), “ach” and “ich,” umlauts, non-American “L,” Auslautsverhärtung, long and short vowels.
  6. Identify passages of written or spoken German that are above her or his competency level, decipher them, and then integrate them into her or his language production, including alternate word order beyond simple subject/verb/object constructions, idiomatic expressions, figurative speech, archaic phrases, local and or dialect-specific expressions, proverbs, etc.
  7. Be able to discuss and write about a wide range of topics and tasks including personal introductions, writing memoirs and discussing history, following and giving instructions, expressing opinions, German humor, and problem solving.

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:


Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.


Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.


Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

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Other Required Media

This course requires access to a variety of media including songs and movies in German. I suggest that you purchase each of the songs online so that you will have them in your music library. Listening to music in German can help you improve your German skills. However, if you wish, you can probably search for the songs online and listen to them on YouTube or other websites.

Other required media is also available on YouTube, and I will provide a link to the clips I’d like you to watch. Some of the media are full-length feature films. If you choose to purchase these films I have a number of caveats for you. Please purchase the movie from a European distributor in German. Also note you’ll need to make sure you have the right equipment to play a Region 2 DVD. Do not purchase the English language version of the movie, the point is to have you listen to the movie in German, and if you want subtitles, I’d like you to use German subtitles. Each of the full length movies are available to registered students at the a website entitled Ayamel. The website address is ayamel.byu.edu. Simply select “Sign in with BYU” and use your NetID and Password to enter (the same one you use to access your course). Click here to be added to the German 302 course.

In order to fulfill the requirements for the regular German 302 course as it is taught in classrooms on BYU campus, this GERM 302 course contains roughly the same amount of classroom activity hours and homework hours as an on-campus class. In a normal BYU GERM 302 course, there are about 45 classroom activity hours plus an absolute minimum of 45 homework hours, combining for a total of ca. 90 hours for the course. Therefore, The assignments for this GERM 302 course are designed to take about 85 hours, but you may need more or less time depending upon your comprehension, reading speed, writing speed, etc.

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Explanation of Methodology

My Deutsch is getting Deutscher all the time through:


For each of the seven lessons in GERM 302, there are 7 assignments. Completing all of the assignments in each lesson should take the average student about 12-13 hours.


Each unit will include reading assignment of 5-20 pages in German. You will complete reading comprehension questions, and you will learn to use your readings as models for your own language production. You will also be reading sections of your textbook that provide the grammar, vocabulary and cultural hints that will help you to complete your other assignments.


You will complete three different kinds of writing assignments: 1) Essays, 2) informal writing, and 3) grammar and vocabulary exercises. You will submit all of your written assignments electronically for scoring. Complete each assignment as follows:


Each of your essays will be two pages long (double-spaced, 12-point Cambria or Times new Roman font, regular margins). You will write one essay per unit, for a total of seven essays. The themes for each unit essay is given in the schedule of assignments listed below. For each essay, you will use a written text as a model. The content of the essay will be your own, but you will implement vocabulary, grammatical structures and stylistic features from the model text into your own essay.

Informal Writing

In each unit, you will complete 8-10 informal writing assignments. These assignments will help you to prepare for writing your essay, and will help you to practice your grammar, vocabulary, cultural competency, etc. Most of these informal assignments will involve a reading, a video, a song, or an assignment from the textbook. You will turn these assignments in at the same time you submit your essay for each unit. You will be graded “by the pound” on these assignments—if you have completed them as directed by the instructions, and given them sufficient thought and effort, you will receive full credit.

Grammar and Vocabulary Exercises

You will complete the exercises, correct them using the key at the back of the textbook or workbook, and submit them with your essays. These will also be graded “by the pound:” If they are complete and have been corrected, you will receive full credit. Please write a note at the top to let the grader know that the exercises have been corrected.


Once per unit, you will complete a conversation with your teacher. The topic of each conversation is described in the unit materials. You will be graded on your pronunciation and for your use of grammar, phrases and vocabulary from the unit’s readings.


In each unit you will be required to listen to a number of video or audio clips or songs. You will then fill out a number of questions about the clip or the song. Sometimes you will be required to fill in missing words on a transcript of the clip or the song. You will be required to use parts of these video/audio clips and songs to improve the grammar, content and cultural cues of your conversations and writing assignments.


In every unit, you will complete several grammar exercises as discussed in the “Writing” section above. In addition, several of your informal writing assignments will ask you to identify grammatical constructions in your readings, video and audio clips, and songs. You will then take these phrases and make them your own, integrating them into your own spoken and written speech. You will be graded not only on the grammatical accuracy of your essays and conversations, but also on your ability to integrate grammatical structures from outside texts and use them in your own language production.


As with the grammar assignments, you will complete several vocabulary exercises as a part of every unit. In your informal writing assignments you will identify interesting new vocabulary words or phrases and then integrate them into your own spoken and written speech. You will be graded on your ability to work these words and phrases into your Essays and conversations.


In many of your essays and your informal writing assignments, you will be asked to think about the unique German/Austrian/Swiss culture that is a part of your readings, videos, audio clips, and songs. You will also have readings from your textbook that show you how to speak, act and write in a culturally appropriate way. You will be graded in your essays and conversations on your ability to integrate cultural practices into your own language production.


As a part of your assignments in each unit, you will complete several sets of pronunciation exercises. You will also be asked to use video clips, audio clips, and songs as models for your pronunciation. Some of your informal writing will be about your attempts to match the pronunciation modeled by these clips and songs. Your pronunciation will be evaluated as a part of your live conversations.

Breakdown of Lesson Assignments

Each unit includes the same assignments in the same order. The following is a general list of the assignments, the instructions for completing each assignment, and an approximate amount of time that each assignment should take for the average GERM 302 student:

  1. Rush-Writing and Initial Revisions: (1/2 hour)
    1. Sit down in a comfortable place with several sheets of paper.
    2. Read the Rush-Write Prompt.
    3. Think about the Prompt question for a few minutes.
    4. Start writing on your paper, and do not stop for 10 minutes.
    5. Write in GERMAN the entire time. If you do not know a specific word in German, use an English word or try to describe the word in German.
    6. After completing 10 minutes of Rush-Writing, take a 1-2 minute break.
    7. Then go back, gather your papers, and retype your thoughts for 15 minutes.
    8. Type and re-work your Rush-Write so that it is about 1-2 typewritten pages long, reads well, is grammatically correct and answers the Prompt question.
  2. Complete the Grammar and Functions assignments from HGG and PGG: (See the Textbooks section above ; 2 hours)
    1. Read the chapters, do the exercises in the workbook, correct your answers in a different text color after you have completed the assignment.
    2. Memorize the 13-14 strong verbs in the list for this Unit. The list of strong verbs can be found on the course website.
    3. If necessary, review grammar chapters 1–3 and 23, and additional ones when you need them.
  3. Pre-Reading Activities: (1/2 hour)
    1. Read the introduction to the reading.
    2. Complete the Pre-Writing worksheet.
  4. Reading/Listening: (2+ hours)
    1. Read, listen, and/or watch the material associated with the reading or listening assignment.
    2. This may include several elements, such as:
      1. Article or Recording 1
      2. Article or Recording 2
      3. Wikipedia articles
      4. Geography
      5. Culture lesson
      6. Song
  5. Post-Reading Activities:
    1. Complete Post-reading Worksheet.
    2. Compare your Rush-Writing to the model text.
    3. Correct any outright grammar or word choice mistakes you made in the Rush-Writing assignment in a different color.
    4. Find and record 8-10 grammatical differences between your language and the language from the text (including several examples of Grammar principles from HGG and PGG), 8-10 vocabulary differences and 1-2 cultural differences between your German and the German in the article. (1 hour)
  6. Pre-film Activity: (1/2 hour)
    1. Read the Lektüre introduction to each film.
    2. Complete the Pre-film Worksheet.
  7. Watch the film. (variable times)
  8. Post-film Activities: (2 hours)
    1. Complete the Post-film Worksheet.
    2. Collect 20 items that strike you as new, interesting or particularly useful or different from your own German (5 each: Pronunciation, Grammar, Cultural/Idiomatic Usages, Vocabulary
  9. Preparation for Conversation: (1/2 hour)
    1. Write up notes for your upcoming conversation.
    2. Integrate collected vocabulary, grammar, idiomatic and pronunciation items from your reading assignments and your film-watching assignment.
    3. Practice your conversation.
  10. Conversation with the GERM 302 consultant: (1/2 hour). Contact your German 302 Consultant at the beginning of the course and set up a series of online discussions.
  11. Nachahmung (Imitative Writing Assignment): (2 hours)
    1. Re-write your 2-page Rush-Write after the manner of („nach der Weise von . . . “) the German you read and heard in the readings and in the film.
    2. Carefully integrate 20 of the 40 grammatical/ vocabulary/idiomatic/cultural items that you gathered from the readings and from the film, and also integrate any grammar or vocabulary suggestions from your German consultant.
    3. Your final draft should be 2-3 pages long.
  12. Unit Quiz: (1/2 hour to 1 hour) Complete and submit the on-line Unit Quiz.
  13. Submit these written assignments for grading when you have completed each lesson:

Note: For lessons 2–7, you will also submit a rewritten version of the previous lesson’s Nachahmung, which you should revise according to the instructor’s feedback. You will submit lesson 7’s revised Nachahmung prior to the final exam.

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Your comprehensive Final Exam will be made up of exactly the same kinds of tasks that you have completed for the other assignments in the class. There will be grammar and vocabulary exercises, an essay, and shorter writing assignments with topics taken from your informal writing assignments. As a part of the final exam, you will complete a conversation with your teacher.

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Grade Scale

I will use these percentages in determining your course grade:


































E (fail)


or below

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Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


7 computer-graded assignments, 7 speaking appointments, 7 two-page essays, 7 writing assignments; there are no retakes or resubmissions for this course.


1 instructor-graded exam, must pass in order to earn credit for the course, there are no retakes or resubmissions for this course.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. Additionally, you can contact your TA at ta_germ101@byu.edu with any concerns. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

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