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GRMN 2460 - Intermediate German 1

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: GRMN 1470 

(formerly GRMN 2360)

Third-semester German picks up where GRMN 1470 has ended. The central goal is to advance the student’s communicative ability and cultural competency with an emphasis on assimilating the language for complex communicative purposes. New language functions will be presented in meaningful activities that emphasize all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, and empower further cultural exploration. Students are required to use computer based technology to practice these skills.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate competency in oral language skills beyond Elementary German 2.


  1. Pronounce individual sounds, including appropriate intonation and stress, with little or no interference in order to be understood by a Native Speaker.
  2. Form and produce entire sentences with no hesitation and natural pauses.
  3. Engage in small conversations with a Native Speaker in the present or near future tense about the following topics (includes both initiating conversations as well as responding appropriately to speech of a Native Speaker)
    1. Travel, vacations, means of transportation, items to take on vacation.
    2. World of work, professions.
    3. Money matters.
    4. The house, household appliances.
    5. Television, newspaper, and other media; technology.
    6. Global problems, environment, discussion strategies.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use German vocabulary related to travel, vacations, transportation, world of work, money, house, appliances, communication media, technology, global problems, and the environment.


  1. Use vocabulary when speaking.
  2. Respond to a Native Speaker who has used the vocabulary.
  3. Use vocabulary in writing.
  4. Demonstrate reading comprehension skills by discussing subject matter and/or answering questions based on the passage read.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use grammar structures beyond Elementary German 2 in speaking and writing.


  1. Use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs.
  2. Conjugate and use simple past tense and the past perfect tense.
  3. Conjugate and use the future tense.
  4. Use relative clauses.
  5. Use verbs with fixed prepositions.
  6. Conjugate and use the future tense and the conditional.
  7. Use adjectives, nouns, adverbs: make comparisons.
  8. Use the subjunctive.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to recognize and discuss aspects of German culture beyond Elementary German 2.


  1. Recognize and discuss some geographical, economical and cultural aspects of some German speaking countries and/or communities such as:
    1. German vacations, dealing with a travel agency, buying a train ticket.
    2. Help-wanted ads and applying for a job.
    3. The German school system.
    4. The Euro, BaföG.
    5. Contemporary art in Germany.
    6. Media, radio and. television in Germany.
    7. The environment, global problems and issues, speed limits in Europe, recycling.
    8. German history from 1939 until today.
  2. Compare cultural differences.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES

  1. Comparing Things and People
  2. Comparing Two Items
  3. The Comparative of Adjectives and Adverbs
  4. The Superlative of Adjectives and Adverbs
  5. Adverbs and Predicate Adjectives in the Superlative
  6. Attributive Adjectives in the Superlative
  7. Adjectival Nouns
  8. Narrating Events in the Past: The Simple Past Tense
  9. Weak Verbs
  10. Strong Verbs
  11. Irregular Verbs
  12. The Conjunction als
  13. The Past Perfect Tense
  14. Future Tense
  15. Describing People or Things: Relative Clauses
  16. The Relative Pronouns
  17. The Interrogative Pronoun was für (ein)
  18. Negating Sentences and the Position of nicht
  19. Negation: noch nicht / noch kein(e); nicht mehr / kein(e) … mehr
  20. Verbs with Fixes Prepositions
  21. Da- and wo-Compounds
  22. Prepositional Objects: da-Compounds
  23. The Adverbs dahin and daher
  24. Asking Questions: wo-Compounds
  25. The Subjunctive - Present Forms
  26. The use of würde with an Infinitive
  27. Expressing Wishes and Hypothetical Situations
  28. Talking About Contrary-to-Fact Conditions
  29. The Past Subjunctive
  30. The Verbs brauchen and scheinen
  31. Infinitive Clauses with zu
  32. Indirect Discourse with the Subj.: Present Tense
  33. Indirect Discourse with the Subj.: Past Tense
  34. Infinitive Clauses with um…zu and ohne…zu
  35. The Passive Voice - Formation
  36. Expressing the Agent
  37. Expressing a General Activity
  38. The Passive with Modal Verbs
  39. Use of man as an Alternative to the Passive
  40. The Present Participle

Primary Faculty
Ramos, Maria
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Pritchett, Marie

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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