About GERM 052 A

Comprehensive review of German grammar, vocabulary-building skills, development of reading strategies and compositional abilities, study of contemporary German culture through literary texts. Prerequisites: GERM 051 or equivalent.


Prereqs enforced by the system: GERM 051; Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

Building upon GRMN 051, GRMN 052 seeks to refine your language development with the ultimate goal in mind: effective real-life, contextually relevant communication in today’s globalized world. By continuously drawing your attention to the purpose of language, you become accustomed to viewing communication in relation to your intended audience. Through a dynamic, hands-on exploration of cultural products, practices, and perspectives, you will explore a variety of current issues and standpoints in contemporary Germany while enhancing your language proficiency. An emphasis on personalized content, learning strategies, and reflection skills fosters your development into an effective and thoughtful communicator. Upon completion of this course you will be able to: - Communicate effectively with others in German on a variety of advanced topics, including: green aesthetics and sustainable architecture in contemporary Germany; film culture and its impact on society; and, finally, the concept of Heimat (sense or feeling of belonging) as it intersects with the globalized and multicultural German-speaking world. -Interpret the main messages and nuances communicated across a range of genres, including: personal interviews, feature film clips, short stories, newspaper articles, and infographics. -Present information (in written, oral, and digital form) in nuanced ways thanks to an increased linguistic repertoire and strong cultural understanding of German-speaking products, practices, and perspectives.

Section Expectation

Students attend class 3 times per week in-person and submit homework online in Canvas and in class. Across all platforms, expect instruction and interactions with your peers to be centered around active learning scenarios and meaningful communication. Students should expect to spend 6-8 hours per week outside of class on homework and class preparation. A copy packet of the non-commercial textbook, Augenblicke: German Language and Culture through Film, Media and Texts, is the only required text. You should obtain this text from the UVM bookstore (if you attended 051, you already have this text).


Evaluation is based on active participation, timely and thorough completion of homework activities, individual contributions to a growing class-based vocabulary list, weekly quizzes, three end-of-module projects, essays, two tests, and a comprehensive final.

Course Dates



Cohen Hall 102 (View Campus Map)


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