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Course Introduction

Course Introduction

German 102 picks up right where 101 left off; students in 101 just finished the exercises in chapter 5 of the online textbook, Deutsch im Blick, and 102 picks right up with chapter 6. If you did not take German 101 from BYU Independent Study, you may want to go to the Deutsch im Blick website. There, you can familiarize yourself with the way that the book is organized. You can go back and review all of the 101 material at any time.


You must have completed GERM 101 from Independent Study or scored high enough on a placement exam to have been rated with the proficiency level novice-high according to the 2012 ACTFL Proficiency Levels.

How 102 Will Be Different Than 101

When you are beginning a new language, you feel like you are making huge breakthroughs all of the time. Every new word or grammar principle seems to expand your abilities by leaps and bounds. In 102, you will notice that you will only move up the proficiency scale by one level over the course, while you moved up three levels in 101. This is because you are broadening your skills across a much larger and more challenging part of the language. That having been said, German 102 will make your German much more flexible and fun. Rather than stringing together a few words, you will start to be able to make interesting, more complex sentences that show more of your own personality. You can talk and write about more subjects and understand more of what you read and hear. You will start to notice all sorts of patterns emerge, and you will start to recognize more fascinating aspects of German, Austrian, and Swiss culture.

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Course Objectives

In alignment with the German 102 courses taught on the BYU Campus, German 102 Independent Study students should aim to reach the intermediate-low proficiency level in German. That means that you will be able to perform at specific levels in each of the following skills:

Reading: Students at the intermediate low level are able to understand some information from the simplest connected texts dealing with a limited number of personal and social needs, although there may be frequent misunderstandings. Readers at this level will be challenged to derive meaning from connected texts of any length.

Writing: Students at this level are able to meet limited practical writing needs. They can create statements and formulate questions based on familiar material. Most sentences are re-combinations of learned vocabulary and structures. These are short and simple sentences with basic word order which are written almost exclusively in present time. Topics are generally predictable content areas and personal information. Vocabulary is adequate to express elementary needs. There may be basic errors in grammar, word choice, punctuation, spelling, and the formation and use of non-alphabetic symbols. Their writing is understood by natives used to the writing of non-natives, although additional effort may be required. When intermediate low writers attempt to perform writing tasks at the advanced level, their writing will deteriorate significantly, and their message may be left incomplete.

Speaking: Intermediate low speakers can successfully handle a limited number of uncomplicated communicative tasks by creating with the language in straightforward social situations. Conversation is restricted to some of the concrete exchanges and predictable topics necessary for survival in the target language culture. Such topics include basic personal information, self and family, daily activities, personal preferences, and some immediate needs (such as ordering food and simple purchases). Speakers at this level are primarily reactive and struggle to answer direct questions or requests for information. They are able to ask a few appropriate questions. They manage to sustain the functions of the intermediate level, just barely. They express meaning by combining and recombining what they know and what they hear from their interlocutors into short statements and discrete sentences. Responses are filled with hesitancy and inaccuracies as they search for forms and vocabulary while trying to shape the message. Speech is characterized by frequent pauses, ineffective formulations, and self-corrections. Pronunciation, vocabulary, and syntax are heavily influenced by their native language. In spite of frequent misunderstandings requiring repetition or rephrasing, they can generally be understood by sympathetic interlocutors, especially those used to dealing with non-natives.

Listening: At the intermediate low level, listeners are able to understand some information from sentence-length speech, one utterance at a time, in basic personal and social contexts, though comprehension is often uneven. At the intermediate low level, listeners show little or no comprehension of oral texts typically understood by advanced listeners.

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Language Tasks for German 102

By the end of the course, students should be able to

  1. Ask and answer questions.
  2. Handle a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations.
  3. Successfully relate personal information (self, family, home, daily activities, interests, personal preferences, and physical and social needs—food, shopping, travel, lodging, etc.).
  4. Express personal meaning by creating with German—combining and recombining things they know and input they receive.
  5. Narrate in past, present, and future tenses.
  6. Describe events.


Activities: In each unit, you will complete many kinds of language learning activities. You will listen to songs, watch videos, complete readings, and search for things on the Internet. For each of these activities, you will complete different assignments to help you become familiar with new concepts and words.These assignments will make up the majority of the time you spend in your German 102 course.

Mastery Quizzes: After every vocabulary list and grammar concept, you will take a mastery quiz. The mastery quizzes do not count toward your final grade, but all of them must be completed with a passing score of ninety percent or higher in order to move on to the next activity in the course. You may take each quiz as many times as you need until you pass it. Once you prove that you have learned a concept or a list of words by passing a mastery quiz, you can move on.  If you do not pass the quiz, you can go back and complete more exercises and drills until you pass. Every student will spend a different amount of time on these exercises, according to their needs.

In addition to the mastery quizzes themselves, vocabulary lists have been created in Quizlet and Memrise that correspond to each vocabulary mastery quiz. These activities are available to help pass the mastery quiz, but you are not required to use them.

Conversation Café: The Conversation Café is available at any time for students to come together to practice speaking German, prepare for speaking appointments, and help other students with a variety of language learning activities. This is merely for practice and does not count toward your final grade.

Speaking Appointment: Each unit includes a speaking appointment with your TA. After your speaking appointment, you will receive feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your spoken German. Review the feedback and make a recording of one of the activities assigned. Your TA may ask you to record a specific activity; otherwise, you may choose your own to record. Be sure to focus on correcting the mistakes and weaknesses that the TA heard in your spoken German. You will record your voice and submit a link to the file.

Unit Tests: At the end of each unit, excluding units 1, 2, and 12, you will take a unit test that will tell you how well you have mastered your basic German skills. The unit tests will pull questions from the mastery quizzes in the unit. You may retake the unit tests up to 3 times and the highest score will be recorded.

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Final Exam: After completing all twelve units, you will study for the German 102 final exam. This is a comprehensive exam that covers all of the proficiency skills that you have developed in the course: reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and culture. The questions will be taken directly from the activities, assignments, and exercises that you have completed in the twelve units.

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These items will count toward your course grade:

Assignments Grading Scale
Activities and Exercises 30%
Speaking Appointments 20%
Unit Tests 20%
Final Exam 15%
Final Speaking Appointment 15%
Grading Scale
A 100–93
A− 92–90
B+ 89–87
B 86–83
B− 82–80
C+ 79–77
C 76–73
C− 72–70
D+ 69–67
D 66–63
D− 62–60
E (fail) 59–0

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Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words.
As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism
You will fail the lesson and be allowed the opportunity to resubmit the lesson.

Second Offense of Plagiarism
You will fail the lesson and fail the class.

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All images in the course by Rob McFarland.

Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

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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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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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.


In each unit there are approximately 50 activities and exercises, 6–10 mastery quizzes, a speaking appointment, a submitted recording, and a unit test. There are unlimited attempts for mastery quizzes, which you must pass with a 90 percent or higher. No other assignments may be resubmitted (except for unit tests, see below). You will schedule your speaking appointments with your TA. You must give a 24-hour notice if cancelling a speaking appointment.

Each unit (except 1, 2, and 12) ends with a unit test. The questions will be drawn from the same banks that make up your vocabulary and grammar mastery quizzes. You have three attempts for the unit tests and the highest score will be recorded.


1 instructor-graded final exam (proctored, no retake allowed) and 1 final speaking appointment (no retake allowed). You must pass the final exam and final speaking appointment separately with a 60 percent or higher to pass the course.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. 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.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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