SPEAKING - The students will:
1. Sustain a logical dialogue with one another or with a native speaker
for 2-5 minutes or more on general subjects, and be able to narrate
or describe thought in present, past, and future time.
2. Be clearly understood by a native speaker or be able to use simple
argument and persuasion.
3. Give instructions and informal reports.
4. Use language for warning, refusing, complaining, complimenting,
agreeing, disagreeing, advising and requesting assistance, affection.
5. Use discussion strategies.
6. Pronunciation: produce most common reduced forms and inflectional
endings, correctly use most intonation patterns and word stress,
self-monitor for pronunciation and oral grammar, and demonstration
an understanding of register.
LISTENING - This skill should be further developed at this level so
that the student can understand topics of general interest.
The students will:
1. Have had sufficient experience with interrogative expressions to be
able to ask for clarifications of statements with ease.
2. Be able to understand most of the materials read aloud at normal
speed from such things as newspaper articles, magazine articles and
3. Examples of other typical skills are: understand majority of
conversational speech including many common idioms and phrasal verbs,
4. Distinguish between main ideas and supporting details relating to
5. Understand some abstract topics when presented in a familiar context.
6. Understand descriptions and narrations of factual material and
7. Discuss cultural and contemporary issues.
8. Understand the use of register.
9. Infer meaning from context.
10. Acquire new vocabulary from context, pronunciation.
11. Understand most common reduced forms, inflectional endings,
and stress and intonation patterns in statements and questions.
READINGS - The students will:
1. Interpret, summarize and appraise with some ease newspapers, general
articles of non-technical nature, and short pieces of annotated
imaginative prose, verse and dialogue with only occasional reference
to a dictionary.
2. Be able to: read technical charts and graphs, begin to read critically
distinguishing fact from opinion, and reading skills of summarizing,
paraphrasing and evaluating, write outlines that reflect author's
main idea and supporting arguments, use a German learner's dictionary
3. Be able to choose the appropriate definition.
4. Use context to guess the meaning of unfamiliar words and reduce
dependence on dictionary.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of word families, prefixes, suffices, stems.
WRITING - This skill is further encouraged from the one/two level.
The students will:
1. Be able to produce short imaginative pieces to controlled term
paper, and write accurately such things as letters, biographical
sketches, descriptive paragraphs and the like.
2. A natave speaker should have little difficulty in discerning the
meaning of the written piece.
3. Produce written communication appropriate to audience and purpose.
4. Write a focused thesis with a controlling idea.
5. Support with details and specifics.
6. Organize logical introduction, body, and conclusion.
7. Recognize and avoid sentence fragments and run-ons.
8. Use basic coordination and subordination in sentences.
9. Build cohesion with links between sentences such as synonyms, pronouns
transitions, and paragraph transitions such as repetition of ideas,
introductory adverbs and key words.
10. Recognize and eliminate irrelevant ideas.
11. Paraphrase, write social and formal letters.
12. Write accurate, cohesive summaries.
13. Incorporate dialogue in composition.
14. Begin to use stylistic devices such as simile, imagery, and metaphor.
MINIMUM MATERIALS TO BE STUDIES: Since the three level is the last third
of the presentation of all the major components of German grammar,
particular attention is given to assuring that the student is thoroughly
grounded in all aspects of the grammatical structures and major
idiomatic expressions. Students are introduced to all genres in their
original form: prose, verse and dialogue.
GRAMMAR - Specific points to be covered thoroughly in German 3:
2. future tense.
3. conditional (relate to subjunctive wenn clauses).
4. present and past perfect tenses.
6. Possessive adjectives/possessive pronouns.
7. past subjunctive.
SCOPE: Scope of what is covered in German 3 is at a signigicantly
accelerated pace compared to a course teaching the same materials in
a high school. This third semester course covers in a semester what is
covered in the third year at the high school level.
LISTENING, SPEAKING, READING, COMPOSTION & WRITING - The students will:
1. Conversations; one way communications, directions, narratives,
academic lectures, descriptions, radio and TV broadcasts,
2. Content widens to include: additional social and academic topics;
current events, media, politics, cultural and moral issues, history,
health, medicine, general science, economics, education, leisure,
domestic and world issues.
3. Geography, technology, humor, literature, ideologies, jobs,
professions, the arts.
4. Adapted and unadapted text including: newspaper articles, academic
texts, instructions, directions, routine reports, non-technical
5. Short stories, poetry, and drama.
GRAMMAR: Although possible introduced earlier, the following grammar
points will need review, reinforcement, and expansion.
1. The tense system.
2. Advanced modal auxiliaries.
3. The passive (advanced forms) and passive constructions.
4. Gerunds and infinitives.
5. Dependent versus independent clauses: noun, adverb, adjective, wish,
6. Adjective clauses, noun clauses.
7. Conditionals using if, using wish.
8. The following points should be introduced: transitive versus
intransitive verbs, past modals.