CHS GERMAN 0204: Intensive Intermediate German 2/ AP German V
Instructor: Lisa Merritt
Room 117 PGHS
In this course, students continue to develop their German language skills and learn about a variety of cultural
topics and themes, from famous artists to “Umweltschutz”. Students will also read a novel that has been
adapted for learners of German and learn about life in the former GDR. Building on the grammar they have
learnt in previous semesters and expanding their vocabulary, students grow their reading, speaking, writing and
listening skills as they continue to work with the German textbook Netzwerk. The course emphasizes meaningful
communication and comprehension, and it is held in German. In order to succeed in this course, active and
dedicated participation in the classroom, careful completion of all homework assignments, as well as
independent study will be necessary.
Prerequisite: Intermediate German 1 (GER 0003 or GER 0203, or an equivalent score on the departmental
placement test. If you did not take either course at the University of Pittsburgh and have not yet taken the
placement test (either online or in the department), please to talk to your instructor.
General Education Requirement: This course fulfills the “Global Awareness and Cultural Understanding –
Specific Geographic Region” and “Second Language” requirement of the Dietrich School.
Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of German 0202 you should be able to demonstrate the
1.Identify main ideas and the most important supporting details of a variety of edited and unedited texts of
varied length (e.g., general descriptions, interviews, letters and journal entries, biographical information
in dictionaries and encyclopedias, etc.) and be able to locate specific information in such texts.
2.Compose reasonably coherent and grammatically appropriate prose texts (e.g., letters, notes,
summaries, and descriptions) related to everyday topics, experiences, and class readings.
3.Identify the main ideas of spoken German in general informational texts, as well as conversations and
discussions related to everyday topics, experiences, and class readings.
4.Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the culture and geography of the German-speaking countries, e.g.
describe the history and characteristics of a number of German, Swiss and Austrian cities in the context
of their countries’ culture and history, identify a number of important cultural figures (painters,
composers, actors, writers etc) that have influenced German culture, etc.
5.Express awareness of cultural differences, and of their own culturally-shaped perspective on situations,
events and issues.
Required Texts:Dengler/Rusch/Schmitz/Sieber: Netzwerk: Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Kurs- und
Arbeitsbuch B1. Langenscheidt, ISBN 978-3-12-605003-6 and 978-3-12-605004-3. If
you already own volume B1.1, you will need B1.2 (ISBN 978-3-12-605005-0). We will
cover chapters 4-12 (B1) in this semester.
Thomas Brussig: Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee (Easy Reader; ISBN 978-87-23-50541-5) [Make sure to
buy this edition, not the original version!]