Spring 2023 - GERM 100 D300

Introductory German I (3)

Class Number: 7436

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Wed, Fri, 12:30–2:20 p.m.



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.


  • 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 unless you have a medical reason for your absence. 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. If you miss a quiz for other reasons than medical ones your 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 provide your instructor with a self-declaration form as documentation for 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 self-declaration form, 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: http://www.sfu.ca/~cmhein/
Menschen website: https://www.hueber.de/menschen
Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/class/2759871/


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)

(also available in digital format here: shop.hueber.de)


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