Spring 2023 - GERM 210 D100

Intermediate German II (3)

Class Number: 7438

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

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

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

  • Prerequisites:

    GERM 200 (or GERM 201) or equivalent.



Continues the work of GERM 200. Students will receive further training in speaking, reading and writing, with extensive references made to German culture. After completion of the course, students should have attained the A2 level of the CEFR. Students with credit for GERM 202 may not take this course for further credit.


German 210 continues to develop basic communication skills in German. The course will prepare you for a stay or visit to Germany, Austria or Switzerland. Topics will include but are not limited to: transportation/mobility, hotel stays, German education system, TV/media, and entertainment. Throughout the course you will engage in basic social conversations, read letters, blogs, magazine articles, and non-fictional text, as well as write creatively. Each of the four modules covered will provide opportunities to communicate in German in real-life situations for real purposes. After completion of the course you should have attained the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

GERM 210 is intended for students who have completed the prerequisite GERM 200, or who have an equivalent proficiency (A1 level), however acquired. Students who have not taken GERM 200 but have an equivalent proficiency in the language (A1 or A2.1 level) are required to contact the chair for a placement test.

Students who have not taken GERM 200 but have an equivalent proficiency in the language (A1 or A2.1 level) are required to contact the chair for a placement test: cmhein@sfu.ca


  • Active oral participation + regular attendance (=10%), assigned written preparation (=10%). 20%
  • Vocabulary quizzes 10%
  • Oral test 10%
  • 4 Module tests (13% each) 52%
  • 4 reflective Portfolios 8%


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.

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 materials missed due to absence from class.

You will have homework each day the class meets. It is your responsibility to prepare assigned reading and written exercises (including the portfolios), to memorize the vocabulary, to study the grammar and to complete the workbook in a timely matter. Late homework 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 10-15 minutes.

Every class, there will be vocabulary quizzes. If you miss a quiz for other reasons than medical ones your missed vocabulary quiz will count for 0%.

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 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%.

As a student at SFU you commit to: “not engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation, or deception” during any type of exam (SFU Policy U32:23)

Practice German frequently through homework, reading, the Internet, participation in class, or study groups withfriends. 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.

GERM 210 may be applied towards the Certificate in German Studies



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

Coursebook: Habersack, Pude, Specht, Menschen A2.2, Kursbuch, Hueber Verlag, 2013, ISBN: 978-3-19-561902-8

Workbook:Glas-Peters, Pude, Breitsameter, Menschen A2.2 Arbeitsbuch, Hueber Verlag, 2013, ISBN: 978-3-19-511902-3


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