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German 2.1


German 2.1 is a course designed to teach German on an ACTFL Novice Mid level. English information and directions form much of the course.

By the end of this course, students will be able to speak memorized phrases they need to communicate in another culture, provide basic information about themselves, and ask simple questions. Their focus is on recycling known vocabulary as they learn new concepts. Using the language alphabet, they can write familiar words and phrases as lists and incomplete sentences and fill out basic forms with biographical information. They write in primarily present tense. Students will listen for contextual words and can comprehend one sentence construction. Students will practice reading words and phrases from the simplest connected texts, knowing there will be frequent miscommunication.

Content in the course includes professions, clothing, at home, the body and daily care, reflexive verbs, cognates and numbers, vacations, and phone skills. Students study articles of speech, ordinal numbers demonstrative adjectives, adverbs, and the difference between c’est and il est forms. They can use word order consistently in regard to verb construction, time phrases, and prepositional phrases. They can consistently capitalize nouns and know not to capitalize pronouns. Students can ask and answer questions. They can use comparisons and change adjectives to make a comparison.

Expectations for the student include completing writing and speaking assessments using video, active engagement in their own learning, practicing vocabulary over time, comprehending grammar patterns, using various forms of verbs, participating in simple conversations and speaking prompts, analyzing and comparing cultural products, practices and perspectives of German phone patterns.

Required Materials:

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Course Outline:

Unit 19: Professions

  • Vocabulary: Professions
  • Grammar: Adjectives with Articles
  • Culture: Heidelberg

Unit 20: Clothing

  • Vocabulary: Clothing
  • Grammar: Dative Case
  • Culture: German School System

Unit 21: At Home

  • Vocabulary: At Home
  • Grammar: Dative Prepositions
  • Culture: Lebkuchen

Unit 22: The Body

  • Vocabulary: The Body
  • Grammar: Dative Pronouns
  • Culture: Idioms

Unit 23: Reflexive Verbs

  • Vocabulary: Reflexive Verbs
  • Grammar: Reflexive Verbs
  • Culture: Martin Luther

Unit 24: Cognates and Numbers

  • Vocabulary: Cognates and Numbers
  • Grammar: Modal Verbs
  • Culture: Traditional Dress

Unit 25: On Vacation

  • Vocabulary: On Vacation
  • Grammar: Comparative and Superlative Forms of Adjectives
  • Culture: Max und Moritz

Unit 26: The Telephone

  • Vocabulary: The Telephone
  • Grammar: Comparing zu and nach
  • Culture: Mozart

Unit 27: Exam

  • Exam