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GERMAN 2Z03 Intermed German I

Academic Year: Fall 2015

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Nikolai Penner


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 507

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24777

Office Hours: Tuesdays 14:00-15:00

Course Objectives:

At the end of the course, students should reach level A2.1 level of C.E.F. and are expected to:understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).

  •  communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  •  describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate  environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
  • be able to fluently write in German on familiar topics (100 words in 5 minutes);

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

The 'Kontakte' package available at the bookstore.

In addition to the textbook, you will be required to purchase four short e-books by André Klein entitled 'Dino lernt Deutsch ' parts 1 - 4.

1) Café in Berlin

2) Ferien in Frankfurt

3) Karneval in Köln

4) Momente in München.

All four e-books are available on for just $9.99.

Method of Assessment:

3. Evaluation Criteria:






Written tasks:



Midterm Test:



Reading (4x5):



Final exam:



Final project:


3.1. Quizzes:

At the end of most classes, there will be short quizzes, typically under 5 minutes long.

Please note that all quizzes are unannounced and cumulative. This allows me to see what material has been taught for long-term memory and to go back if some parts need to be revisited. I want to see what you have in your long-term memory and not what you studied the night before. At the end of the term, I will drop one lowest mark you get or one ‘zero’ for a missed quiz. The exact number of quizzes will depend of the group’s progress but typically there are between 10 and 15 quizzes every semester.


You can earn a maximum of 10 participation points by attending the class and actively taking part in in-class activities. You have to look and act excited, interested and engaged. 🙂

Absences: Because most of the learning will take place in the classroom in this course, you are allowed to miss two classes per term without any penalties. Every further absence will reduce your participation mark by 1% up to the maximum of 10% (the participation mark). Of course, absences due to medical reasons with adequate documentation are excused.

I will do my absolute best to make sure that you acquire German during the class time by simply paying attention and participating in various activities. However, if you miss a class, you will have to learn the same information ‘the hard way’.

MISSED WORK: This course places a heavy emphasis on learning in class, therefore, absences cannot be excused. Unless you have a doctor's note or fill out an MSAF, no course-related work can be re-written or made-up for. If you decide to miss a class during which a graded activity took place, you will get a 'zero' for missing that activity.

3.2. Written tasks:

Throughout the semester, you will be assigned a number of written tasks. These will be written both in class and occasionally as homework.

3.3. Midterm Test

There will be one larger test in the middle of the semester which will contain all the material we have learned in class up to that point.

3.4. Reading

You will be expected to read a lot in German in this course.  I have selected four novels that you will need to have read during the course. After reading each novel, you will be given a True/False type test checking your understanding of the book’s content. You will be allowed to use the book to verify the details but you will only have 5-10 minutes to complete the test. Therefore, you do need to know the text really well as you will not enough time if you look up every single answer.

3.5. Final exam:                                                                                                                                    

There will be a final examination at the end of the term.

3.6. Final project

In the second half of the term you will be assigned a take-home project which will then be presented to class during the last several weeks of the term.


The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.