Fall 2022 - GERM 300 D100

Advanced German: Composition and Conversation (3)

Class Number: 7296

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    WMC 2268, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    GERM 202 or consent of the instructor.



Practice in comprehension, reading, speaking and writing, combined with a review of the essential points of grammar.


German 300 continues to develop communication skills in German on the B1.1 level. The course will prepare you for a stay or visit to Germany, Austria or Switzerland. Topics will include but are not limited to: travelling, smart living, job finding process, environmental protection, and turning points. Throughout the course, you will engage in social conversations, interviews and presentations, read letters, blogs, and non-fictional text, as well as write creatively. Each of the six chapters covered will provide opportunities to communicate in German in real-life situations for real purposes.

GERM 300 is intended for students who have completed the prerequisite GERM 202, or who have an equivalent proficiency (A2 level), however acquired. Students who have not taken GERM 202 but have an equivalent proficiency in the language (A2 or A2.2 level) are required to contact the chair for a placement test: cmhein@sfu.ca


  • Active oral participation + regular attendance 10%
  • Homework (diary, blogs, workbook, other assigned homework) 5%
  • 3 Portfolios (3% each) 9%
  • 3 Chapter tests (20% each) 60%
  • Essay 6%
  • Vocabulary Quizzes 10%


You will have to take an active part in each class. Regular class attendance, active participation and preparation as well as completion of homework assignments are of vital importance in language acquisition and will therefore be reflected in your final grade. Your mark will also be based on the quality of participation.

You will have homework each day the class meets. It is your responsibility to prepare assigned reading and written exercises, to memorize the vocabulary, to study the grammar and to complete the workbook in a timely matter. Late homework will not be accepted.

If you must miss a module test because of illness or extenuating circumstances, you are required to contact the instructor prior to the exam. You may notify the instructor by e-mail or leave a message at the office. When you return to class, you will need to provide your instructor with a self-declaration form as documentation of your short-term illness. Extenuating circumstances are defined as unusual circumstances beyond your control. There will be no make-up exams. Instead, the percentage will be added onto the other remaining exams. If you do not inform the instructor prior to the test and do not provide a doctor’s note, or if you miss an exam due to something other than illness or extenuating circumstances, the missed exam equals 0%.

Every class, there will be vocabulary quizzes. You may miss a total of three vocabulary quizzes because of an excused absence; all other missed vocabulary quizzes will count for 0%.

Practice German frequently through homework, reading, the Internet, participation in class, or study groups with friends. Seek assistance the moment you sense you are falling behind in the course. Discuss work with fellow classmates. Finally, don’t hesitate to ask questions and don’t be afraid of making mistakes.


Academic integrity is essential to the pursuit of learning in a university. As a student at SFU you commit to: “not engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation, or deception” (eg. Google translate, unauthorized sharing of information, use of mobile phones or other devices, notes, books, websites…, providing answers to other students…) during any type of exam (SFU Policy U32:23). SFU treats cases of cheating very seriously. All suspected cases of academic dishonesty will be investigated.

GERM 300 may be applied towards the Certificate in German Studies.

Every student begins the term with an “A”. It is up to each of you individually to KEEP this grade ☺



Dengler, Mayr-Sieber, Rusch, Schmitz, Netzwerk B1.1, Kursbuch- und Arbeitsbuch, Klett Verlag, 2017, ISBN: 978-3-12-605014-2


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html