Spring 2023 - GERM 110 D100

Introductory German II (3)

Class Number: 7437

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    WMC 3515, Burnaby

    Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    WMC 3515, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    GERM 100 (or GERM 102) or equivalent.



Follows GERM 100. Continues introduction to German for students who have developed the necessary foundations from GERM 100. Students will acquire elementary conversational skills and basic reading ability, along with cultural competence. By the end of the term, students will be able to communicate in basic German. (A1 level of CEFR completed) Students with credit for GERM 103 may not take this course for further credit.


German 110 continues to emphasize everyday communication. Upon completion of this course you should be able to give directions, describe your home, express your wishes, talk about your future, the weather, and household chores, name parts of the human body and talk about health issues. Additionally, you will learn about German holidays and traditions. Throughout the course, you will be able to engage in conversations on everyday topics, read non-technical German texts and write simple paragraphs. 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. After completion of the course you should have attained the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

German 110 is intended for students who have completed the prerequisite GERMAN 100 (formerly 102), or who have an equivalent proficiency in the language, however acquired. Please contact the course Chair if you are unsure about your language level and suitability for the course: cmhein@sfu.ca


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


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 including other assigned tasks will NOT be accepted.

After each module you will write a blog in GERMAN on a given topic. In total, you will write three blogs. The lengths and topics will be determined by your instructor. It is important that the blog is written by yourself without the assistance of Google Translate (or any other automated translators) nor any other outside help (German friends, family…) – should you refer to outside help your blog will either be graded down or not graded at all.

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, 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/3129433/


Coursebook: Evans, Pude, Specht, Menschen A1.2, Kursbuch, Hueber Verlag, 2012, ISBN: 978-3-19-501901-9 (ISBN for digital book: 978-3-19-978601-6)

Workbook: Glas-Peters, Pude, Reimann, Menschen A1.2 Arbeitsbuch, Hueber Verlag, 2012, ISBN: 978-3-19-511901-6 (ISBN for digital book: 978-3-19-988601-3)

(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