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German Course Placement

Which German Language Course should I take?

One of the most frequently asked questions from students is “Which language course is right for me?” Students come to the University of Saskatchewan with a wide range of differences in previous study and background in languages. Many factors can impact a student’s language background and preparedness such as:

  • diversities in language high school programs
  • differences in language course levels and offerings in other universities world-wide
  • ongoing language program renewals in pre-university and post-secondary language departments
  • percentage of pre-university education taken in immersion schools or in an immersion setting
  • exposure to the language via family background and travel
  • results achieved in the last language course taken
  • number of years since last course taken in the language

 

All of the above factors can create atypical situations for students who register for their first language course at the University of Saskatchewan. The following table can serve as a guideline in determining appropriate course placement for most students and provides answers to the most frequently asked questions. Online self-testing language placement tests may also provide some guidance. Please consult our home page for links to these. Students who feel that the recommended course may not be appropriate for them due to their particular circumstances or who do not fall into any of the following typical situations due to unique language backgrounds resulting from any of the above or other special circumstances should consult their German Instructor or Department Head.  Their situation may need to be evaluated on a case by case basis. 

N.B. Students with some German background who are unsure of which German course is appropriate for them may wish to take the self-testing German placement tests available on our website.

Typical Placement and Entry Course Points for German Students

Level Obtained

Course

Description

Notes

 

For students with no previous study of German

 

GERM 114.3
Elementary German
Level 1

 

An introduction to written
& oral German. This beginner-level course will cover all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in a communicative setting with emphasis on inter-cultural understanding. Basic grammar terminology and application will be introduced.

 

 

Students with a background in German, such as High School German, must complete a placement test in the Department if they wish to take this course for credit. Students with credit for German 115 may not take this course for credit.

 

For students who have completed GERM 114.3 or equivalent (3 cu of university German) or Grade 11 High School GERMAN (GERM 20)
or who have some limited background in German

Dept. Consultation & placement test advised

 

GERM 117.3
Elementary German
Level 2

 

The subsequent course to GERM 114, this advanced beginner-level course will continue to cover all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in a communicative setting with emphasis on inter-cultural understanding.

 

Students with a background in German outside the University of Saskatchewan (in High School, at home, etc.) must complete a placement test in the Department if they wish to take this course for credit.

 

For students who have completed GERM 117.3 or equivalent (6 cu of university German) or Grade 12 High School GERMAN (GERM 30) or who have some limited background in German

Dept. Consultation & placement test advised

 

GERM 214.3
Intermediate German
Level 1
 Communicative and Grammatical Skills

 

This intermediate-level course focuses on increased competency in oral and written communication and cultures. Students read and discuss a variety of texts, learn more about issues and problems of contemporary life in German-speaking countries and consolidate and expand their knowledge and mastery of grammar.

 

Students with a background in German outside the University of Saskatchewan (in High School, at home, etc.) must complete a placement test in the Department of if they wish to take this course for credit.

 

For students who have completed GERM 214.3 or equivalent (9 cu of university German) or who have some background in German

Dept. Consultation & placement test required

 

GERM 217.3
Intermediate German
Level 2
Communicative and Grammatical Skills

 

The subsequent course to GERM 214 concentrates on increased competency in oral and written communication. Students read and discuss a variety of texts, learn more about issues and problems of contemporary life in German-speaking countries and expand their knowledge and mastery of grammar.

 

Native speakers of German are not allowed to register in this course. Students with credit for German 215 may not take this course for credit.