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German Course Descriptions

S A N T A M O N I C A   C O L L E G E   C A T A L O G   2 0 0 7 - 2 0 0 8

Additional hours to be arranged in the Modern Language Lab for German 1 and 2.

GERMAN 1, Elementary German I 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Foreign Language (required for UC only)
• Prerequisite: None.

This communicative approach to language is designed to give students the ability to understand, speak, read and write simple German. Primary goals are to introduce beginning students to basic structures of the German language by developing vocabulary and a command of idiomatic expressions; to familiarize students with sentence structure through written exercises and short compositions; to give students a basic foundation in German history and culture; and to interest students in traveling to German-speaking countries.

GERMAN 2, Elementary German II 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Foreign Language (required for UC only)
• Prerequisite: German 1*.

This course is a continuation of German 1 with additional stress on conversation, reading, and essential grammatical elements. Aspects of German culture and history are covered as well.

*The prerequisite for this course is comparable to two years of high school German.

GERMAN 3, Intermediate German I 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities)
• Prerequisite: German 2*.

This course reviews German grammar, emphasizing idiomatic construction and expressions. Discussions and interpretations are based on selected readings from contemporary German literature.

*The prerequisite for this course is comparable to three years of high school German.

GERMAN 4, Intermediate German II 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities)
• Prerequisite: German 3*.

This course stresses finer grammatical points, idioms, and vocabulary used every day. The course is highlighted by intensive and extensive reading, discussion and interpretations of more advanced German works on literature, philosophy, and culture.

*The prerequisite for this course is comparable to four years of high school German.

GERMAN 8, Conversational German (2,2) 2 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
• Prerequisite: German 2.

This course provides an opportunity to acquire intermediate fluency in spoken German with emphasis on natural, colloquial usage.

GERMAN 31A, Practical German (3,3) 3 units

Transfer: CSU
• Prerequisite: None.

This class is designed for the student with no previous knowledge of German. It develops basic conversation skills in the present tense, emphasizing the use of set-up phrases, idiomatic expressions, correct pronunciation, development of useful vocabulary, and the ability to communicate at a practical and basic level.