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GERMAN 1B03 Intermed German I (C01)

Academic Year: Fall 2019

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Anne Popovich


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 512

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: 5:30-6:30 Wednesday/Thursday

Course Objectives:

This course builds on and reinforces previously acquired German language skills and allows students to expand their communicative competence in the target language. By the end of this course successful students should be able to:

  • correctly interpret spoken and written information in the target language. 
  • correctly identify the structures and vocabulary needed to communicate ideas, opinions and information    effectively in the target language.
  • accurately identify the appropriate use of language within a specific cultural context (i.e. greetings,    farewells, colloquial expressions, etc.)

Students will enhance their German language skills through integrated and interactive activities targeting reading, writing, listening and speaking practice.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:


Kontakte, A Communicative Approach (loose-leaf edition*), McGraw Hill (eighth edition)

For access to quizzes and audio files use:


Method of Assessment:

For each unit of work students will demonstrate their understanding and ability to use structures and vocabulary via a written and listening test.  Students will also present an oral assignment on a topic related to each of the units of study in order to demonstrate their conversational skills.  For each unit, topics for the oral assignments will be suggested, but these topics may be modified after consultation with the instructor. 

This course includes a final exam.  The final exam will include listening, speaking, reading and writing components.


Unit tests                                    40%

Unit assignments                       30%

Exam                                            30%

Total                                            100%


Review and Unit 6                                         September 19

Unit 7                                                              October 10

Mid-term recess                                             October 14-20

Unit 8                                                               November 7

Unit 9                                                               November 28

Movie review                                                   December 4

Final exam (Units 6-9)                                    TBA (December 6 - 19)

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the instructor in order to arrange alternative testing times if they need accommodation or for assignment extensions.

"Students should be aware of the Statement on Academic Ethics included in the Senate Policy Statements booklet which was given to all McMaster students.  Plagiarism and submission of work that is not one's own or for which previous credit has been obtained are examples of academic dishonesty.  Students should go to the Dean of Studies Office (CNH-112) if they require copies of current regulations."

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.

Topics and Readings:

This course will focus on chapters 6-9 in the text.  Supplementary reading and language exercises will be provided by the instructor. 

For one assignment, students will provide a critique on a film viewed in class.

Other Course Information:

Regular attendance is required if students are to maximize their progress in language acquisition and practice.