Summer 2022 - GERM 100 D100

Introductory German I (3)

Class Number: 4701

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, We, Th, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 2523, Burnaby



Introduction to German for students with no previous background in the language. Course develops German language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, using practical and situational materials that stress both language and culture. By the end of the term, students will have acquired basic conversational skills. (A1.1 level of CEFR). Students with previous German training should contact the department for placement. Students with credit for GERM 102 may not take this course for further credit.


German 100 is a beginner's language course. Through a rich array of authentic material with accompanying activities you will learn how to introduce yourself, give personal information, talk about your hobbies, interests and entertainment, describe your daily routine and speak about your home, family and friends. Additionally, you will be introduced to German food, transportation and celebrations. Each of the four modules we will be covering will provide you with opportunities to communicate in German in real-life situations for real purposes.

GERM 100 is a beginner’s course for students with no previous knowledge of German. Students with German preparation from European or other high schools, native speakers and students from German-speaking homes as well as students who have taken any German classes may not take the course for credit and should consult the instructor regarding proper placement. The Department reserves the right to withdraw or transfer a student to a higher level course should the language proficiency of the student prove greater than initially supposed. Please contact the course Chair if you are unsure about your language level and suitability for the course:


  • Active oral participation + regular attendance (=10%), assigned written preparation (=5%) 15%
  • Vocabulary Quizzes 10%
  • 4 Module tests (15% each) 60%
  • Project 5%
  • Oral Test 10%


This class is going to be taught synchronously. Learning German requires you to fully participate. Regular class attendance and active participation are of vital importance in language acquisition and will be recorded and therefore be reflected in your final grade. Your mark will also be based on the quality of participation. Absences will reduce your participation grade and excessive absences will result in not receiving any credit for the participation segment. Except for emergencies, excused absences must be cleared with your instructor ahead of time. It is your responsibility to catch up on any missed materials.

You will have homework each day the class meets. It is your responsibility to prepare assigned reading and written exercises, to
memorize vocabulary, to study the grammar in a timely manner. Late homework or any other assigned tasks will NOT be accepted.

Towards the end of the semester you will arrange a test time with your instructor. The oral test will be conducted in GERMAN and will last for about 5-10 minutes. It is a comprehensive test.

Every day, 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%. At the beginning of the semester, your instructor will discuss the project with the class. Depending on the time frame, it will be either a presentation or a video.

If you must miss an exam (i.e. 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 bring a note from your medical doctor specifying and justifying the date of your absence. 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%.

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 100 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 ☺



SFU German website:
Menschen website:


REQUIRED TEXT (also available in digital format here:

Coursebook: Evans, Pude, Specht, Menschen A1.1, Kursbuch, Hueber Verlag, 2012, ISBN: 978-3-19-361901-3 (ISBN for digital book: 978-3-19-958601-2)

Workbook: Glas-Peters, Pude, Reimann, Menschen A1.1 Arbeitsbuch, Hueber Verlag, 2012, ISBN: 978-3-19-311901-8 (ISBN for digital book: 978-3-19-968601-9)

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction.  Some courses may be offered through alternative methods (remote, online, blended), and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. 

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote, online, or blended courses study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the summer 2022 term.