This is the homepage for German 203E, the electronic version of Intermediate German, Level One, (Mittelstufe Eins) of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Every page in the course is linked to this one for easy navigation. This page has class announcements and notice of updates to the site.
Suggestions and recommendations
Provides information about expectations and grading scale.
What this course provides and what you will be able to do when you have completed it.
Provides links to the lessons
Provides links to measure your progress and satisfy course requirements.
A reference collection for use when studying or doing assignments.
Provides a link to the Blackboard server for threaded discussions, chat rooms and audio file access.


Ziele (Goals)

The goals of Mittelstufe Eins are to

  • provide a thorough review of basic grammar and vocabulary: present, perfect, past and past perfect tenses, the imperative, cases, word order in simple sentences, compound and complex sentences, adjective endings
  • introduce advanced grammatical constructions: future tense, subjunctive mood, passive voice, infinitives with "zu,"idiomatic use of prepositions, subordinating conjunctions and relative pronouns
  • extend vocabulary
  • improve listening comprehension
  • improve reading comprehension
  • improve writing skills
  • improve speaking skills
  • increase familiarity with German culture, history, and contemporary society


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

  • read a newspaper or magazine article (i.e. a short text written for general readers) with the help of a dictionary, and be able to summarize it and answer questions about its content
  • write simple paragraphs with the aid of a dictionary with minimal errors in grammar or spelling
  • listen to a familiar song or poem and be able to understand all of the words without looking at the text
  • be able to ask and answer questions about themselves, their surroundings, family, housing, transportation, time, weather, body, health, clothing, food, dining, shopping, descriptions, directions, travel and entertainment.
  • listen to a familiar song or poem and be able to identify the artist(s), and provide additional cultural information connected with the work, for example: time period, literary movement, the life of the artist or the subject of the work


Course Requirements
Schwarzes Brett: 25%
Class "Bulletin Board"; submit one essay per lesson. Proofread submissions for errors in grammar or spelling before submitting. Your submission is reviewed for errors or unidiomatic patterns. Your grade is based on the revised, corrected essay. At the end of the course, the average grade on your submissions will contribute 25% toward your final grade.
Leseübungen: 25%
Each lesson includes a reading selection with questions. The questions both guide you in your reading and test your comprehension. Write a complete sentence in German in response to each question. Especially for the first few lessons, use the verb forms and word order in the questions as models for your answers. Your grade is based on both the accuracy of your responses and the quality of the German. At the end of the course, the average grade on your submissions will contribute 25% toward your final grade.
Prüfungen: 40%

There are many tests associated with each lesson: self-correcting exercises, exercises with answer keys, and on-line tests. These will help you assess your progress and mastery as you work your way through the syllabus.

There are four major tests for credit, each comprehensive. Each test covers 4 Lektionen . These tests may be taken only once. Each contributes 10% toward your final grade in the course.

Sprechstunde: 10%

Participation in a Sprechstunde on a regular basis as required is important in building your speaking and listening skills.

10 hours of contact is required for this course. Contact may be one-on-one with your teacher or a department-certified tutor, in a class or Kaffeestunde.

Contact in chat rooms with native speakers may be useful but does not satisfy this requirement.

Consult your teacher for more information about scheduling of Sprechstunden.