Germany has the third largest economy in the world and a knowledge of German will create a wealth of opportunities in the world of business -- think Adidas, Volkswagen, Bayer, BMW. Germany and German speakers are also major contributors to art and science in the Western world.
Those interested in music will recognize Mozart, Rammstein and Hans Zimmer, for example. Devotees of art and literature appreciate Dürer and Klimt; Goethe, Kafka and The Brothers Grimm.
Sports fans might know Michael Schumacher and Frans Beckenbauer. Jil Sander and Karl Lagerfeld design clothing and accessories modeled by Claudia Schiffer and Heidi Klum. Film meets politics in Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Franka Potente shares top billing in action films.
Scientists owe a great deal to the work of Keppler, Einstein, Freud, Jung and Schweizer, and without the inventions of men such as Gutenberg, Daimler and Benz, and Wernher von Braun, the world would be a different place. On the world stage, we find Charlemagne, Bismarck and Hitler. Kant, Karl Marx, Nietzsche and Luther are giants in philosophy and religion.
If you are interested in any of these subjects a knowledge of German will deepen your understanding. Critical study of German will allow you to read the works of these famous thinkers and innovators in their original language and open doors to the philosophical, literary, artistic and scientific endeavours of a culture with 120 million native speakers around the world.
The course list identifies approved courses that MacEwan University may offer. Not all courses will be offered every year and some courses are restricted to particular programs. Contact an advisor in your program for information on course availability.
GERM 111 - Introductory German I
GERM 112 - Introductory German II
GERM 211 - Intermediate German I
GERM 212 - Intermediate German II
Before you register in a German course, you must determine the appropriate placement level.
Placement in German Courses
You must register in a level that is appropriate to your ability. If you register in the wrong course, you will be required to withdraw from it in the first week of the term, and you may not have another chance to register in the correct course. Taking the wrong course may also jeopardize your future transfer of credits.
|Your Background||Recommended Level|
|You have little or no previous background in German, or you have successfully completed German 10.||GERM 111 (Fall)|
|You have successfully completed German 10 and 20.||GERM 111 (Fall) or GERM 112 (Winter). Your German instructor may ask you to take a placement test to determine which of the two courses better suits your ability.|
|You have successfully completed German 30 or equivalent.||GERM 211 (Fall)|
|You have completed GERM 111 or equivalent with a grade of at least C-.||GERM 112 (Winter)|
|You have completed GERM 112 or equivalent with a grade of at least C-.||GERM 211 (Fall)|
|You were in German immersion for most of your school years; or you speak German at home, or you have spent time in a German-speaking country and can navigate the language. German is primarily an oral language for you.||GERM 211 (Fall)|
|You have completed GERM 211 or equivalent with a grade of at least C-||GERM 212 (Winter)|
|You do not have German 30 or equivalent, BUT you lived in a German-speaking environment for an extended period of time and you studied the language during your stay.||Please contact the German coordinator to determine appropriate placement.|
|You have successfully completed a Sprachdiplom or Zertifikate.||Please contact the German coordinator to determine appropriate placement.|
If your background does not fit any of the descriptions above or if you are uncertain about correct placement, please contact the Discipline Coordinator.
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