The German Language Program

This site contains information about the German Language Program, which is composed of the 100, 200, and 300 levels (roughly the first 3 years) of German instruction available at the University of Washington.


 Frequently asked questions

  1. Why learn German?
  2. How do I know which course I should take?
  3. What is a hybrid language course?
  4. How can I get an official German language certificate? 
  5. I’d like to study abroad. Where can I go?
  6. What are VLPA credits?
  7. Can I transfer credits from another educational institution?

 

Germ 101-102-103 Curriculum overview

The first-year program consists of a series of three language courses. In these courses, we follow a communicative/task-based approach to language learning. It springs from the idea that languages are best learned when real-world information and real language use become the focus of student activities. The course contents take a balanced approach to engaging students in speaking, listening, reading and writing of German from the beginning. Throughout the courses, you will listen to and read comprehensible German and have ample opportunities to use German in autograph, interview, information-gap, role-play, writing and other personalized and theme-based activities.

The course series aims at low intermediate or A2 level according to the Common European Framework of References (CEFR).

Germ 102H-103H

Some of the first-year level courses are also offered in a hybrid format. Hybrid courses only involve three contact hours per week, and students are expected to fulfill a portion of the course work in a computer-assisted environment. All hybrid courses are marked with an “H”, (e.g., 102H).

Note: Not all first-year language courses are offered as hybrid courses. The types of course formats that are offered each quarter may vary.

German 111 Hybrid.

This course reviews the content introduced in 101 and 102 and requires background knowledge for both levels. It is recommended to those students who need to refresh their knowledge of German. To find out whether this course is the best choice, it is recommended that students take a placement test. German 111 is only offered as a hybrid course.

Germ 201-202-203

Courses at the 200-level build on the foundation established at the 100-level and follows a similar approach. This series aims at high intermediate/advanced low or the B1 level according to Common European Framework of References (CEFR).

Germ 201 - Intermediate

Combines engaging cultural topics with authentic readings and contextualized grammar in a unifying context. Provides intensive practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Extensive grammar review. Prerequisite: either 103 or 103H, or a score of at least 57 on the placement test.

Germ 202 - Intermediate

Combines engaging cultural topics with authentic readings and contextualized grammar in a unifying context. Provides intensive practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Extensive grammar review. Prerequisite: either 201.

Germ 221 The German Express (10) VLPA

Combines in one quarter the contents of 201 and 202, with special emphasis on speaking, listen and reading skills. Limited to students who have demonstrated exceptional skills in first-year German. Recommended: GERMAN 103.

Germ 203 Intermediate

Intensive practice in speaking, reading and writing. Review of German grammar. Oral practice is based on literary and cultural readings.

This course may be taken with 301.

300-level courses

The goal of the 300-level courses is to lead students towards the "Mittlestufen Niveau", i.e. the B2-level according to the European level description for languages (Europäische Referenzrahmen).

Prerequisite: Germ 203 or equivalent or B1 certification

Germ 301

The primary focus is on the development of advanced-level German through reading, listening, speaking and writing targeting the B2-level. The content is organized around short literary texts and an award winning German movie. Provides intensive work in strengthening vocabulary and a systematic overview of advanced grammar. 301 and 302 may be taken out of sequence.

Germ 302

The primary focus is on the development of advanced-level German through reading, listening, speaking and writing targeting the B2-level. The content is organized around short literary texts and an award winning German movie. Provides intensive work in strengthening vocabulary and a systematic overview of advanced grammar. 301 and 302 may be taken out of sequence.

Germ 303

The primary focus is on the development of advanced-level German through reading, listening, speaking and writing targeting the B2-level. The content is organized around short literary texts and an award winning German movie. Provides intensive work in strengthening vocabulary and a systematic overview of advanced grammar. 

400-level courses

Germ 401

Dieser Kurs basiert auf der Fernsehserie Väter und Söhne, einer Geschichte des Chemiekonzerns IG-Farben in den Jahren 1911-1948. Der Kurs führt Sie in ausgewählte Kapitel fortgeschrittener Grammatik und bietet Ihnen intensive Übung im Sprechen und im Schreiben. Schließlich lesen wir den Roman Der Vorleser von Bernhard Schlink, einen der größten internationalen Erfolge der zeitgenössischen deutschen Literatur. 

Voraussetzung: Germ 301, 302, 303 oder Kurse mit ähnlichem Niveau oder das B2 Zertifikat

 

Curriculum Overview (PDF)