LISTENING - The students will:
1. Understand virtually all face to face conversation in standard
German delivered with normal clarity and speed.
2. Demonstrate familiarity with many idiomatic expressions and verbs.
3. Respond appropriately, verbally and non-verbally, to various levels
of politeness, formality and register, including academic.
4. Identify and comprehend main ideas and most supporting details in
lectures and discussions.
5. Recognize verbal and nonverbal signals of organization and importance
6. Understand new vocabulary in context using guessing strategies.
SPEAKING - The students will:
1. Use German for a variety of purposes: describing, narrating, arguing,
2. Self monitor and peer evaluate for effective speech in formal as
well as informal interactions.
3. Use nonverbal communication appropriately: speak fluently on genral
topics of current interest in German culture, maintain a conversation
and use idiomatic expressions.
4. Demonstrate awareness of levels of politeness, formality and register,
use discussion and conversational strategies effectively.
5. Use intonation, pitch and pause to enhance or emphasize the message.
READING - The students will:
1. Skim for main ideas, scan for information.
2. Differentiate between main idea and supporting points.
3. Take notes, summarize and paraphrase for various purposes.
4. Read for inference, assumption and presupposition.
5. Read critically, identify author's point of view, tone, purpose.
6. Recognize bias when it exists.
7. Demonstrate significant library research skills.
8. Analyze rhetorical patterns, discourse cues and structural pointers
to follow the development of the author's ideas.
9. Vary speed and methods according to type of material and purpose
10. Use German dictionary effectively.
11. Guess word meaning by analyzing prefixes, suffixes and roots.
12. Infer meaning of unknown vocabulary by using contextual clues.
13. Evaluate the relevance of textual material to particular arguments.
14. Understand the organization of books, journals, newspapers and
COMPOSITION - The students will:
1. Revise for organization, style and content.
2. Master the five-paragraph essay to include thesis statement and
adequate paragraph development.
3. Develop and logically support a main idea in an expository essay.
4. Consider audience and intention.
5. Support a focus statement with original ideas and information from
6. Employ essay examination skill by: synthesizing relevant information
from reading ad lectures, write a short research paper summarizing
journal articles and other sources, paraphrasing, synthesizing
information from a minimum of three sources, documenting sources,
and using a variety of clause patterns and subordination.
LISTENING, SPEAKING, COMPOSITION, & READING:
1. Technical reports.
2. Recorded and live lecturers.
3. Announcements, instructions.
4. Telephone communications, radio and television broadcasts, movies
5. Face to face conversations, practical, social, cultural, abstract
and professional topics.
6. Special fields of competence.
7. Particular fields of interest.
8. Academic content areas as determined by student, text and teacher.
9. Expanded use of literary schemes such as poetry, short novel and
10. Adapted and unadapted text as appropriate including academic
materials, newspaper articles, editorials and commentaries,
technical reports, short stories and poetry.
1. Grammar content is determined by student, text, and teacher.
2. Grammar content is more individual and specific in nature rather
than group structured.
In preparation for the 50 minute lecture class, students are expected
1. Studied, prepared and reviewed 5 pages from class text.
2. Completed 5 pages from required readings.
3. Listened to and reacted to about 30-50 minutes of language lab
4. Spend 15-50 minutes practicing and memorizing vocabulary phrases
and cultural material.
5. Prepared 1-5 pages of assigned essay or term paper.
In preparation for the lecture class, students are recommended to have:
1. Worked 10-50 minutes cooperatively with a fellow German student
or another German-speaking person.
2. Worked as a German tutor for the SRJC Tutorial Service.
3. Listen to or view 10-15 minutes of German media other than that
provided by the SRJC Language lab.
4. Established a pattern of reading German language newspapers,
magazines, and books as available at the SRJC Library, or within
the Santa Rosa community.