314 Honors German IV

2 semesters, 1 credit (With SLU 1818 option)

Open to seniors

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of B (3.33) in German III and teacher approval (minimum grades in German III under a B will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

Honors German IV offers students the platform to expand their knowledge of the German language and culture through oral and written communication.

In Honors German IV students will read, understand, synthesize, and discuss a variety of level-appropriate German fiction and nonfiction texts with emphasis on feasts, holidays, and German traditions from an historical and cultural point of view. Furthermore, students are expected to function successfully in German in situations related to immediate needs, personal interests, and daily life, and they will hone their critical thinking skills, draw cross-cultural references, and express their opinions on a number of topics discussed in class. At the end of this course, students will have to demonstrate their proficiency in the form of a multi-media presentation.

This course may be taken for college credit. If a student elects to take this course for college credit (St. Louis University course GR 1020, 3 credits and GR 2010, 3 credits), an additional fee will apply. Pending instructor approval, there is also the option for advanced students to prepare for and take the Advanced Placement German exam in the spring. Please note, preparation will be rigorous and students need to commit to the AP track at the beginning of German IV.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Continue to demonstrate their proficiency in spoken and written communication and move from a high-novice to a low-intermediate level.
  2. Express themselves in different tenses in the target language.
  3. Understand cultural differences and the historical and cultural significance of a divided Germany.
  4. Gain new grammatical structures such as adjective endings and two-way prepositions.
  5. Read level-appropriate German fiction and non-fiction.
  6. Write and present an original poem in German.
  7. Express opinions in German.
  8. Explore the topic of borders and boundaries, both geographical as well as ideological boundaries, with a focus on German immigrants.
  9. Talk about German holidays.
  10. Talk about their health and a visit to the doctor.
  11. Learn about the German education system with a focus on post-secondary education, i.e., apprenticeships and university.
  12. Discuss careers with an emphasis on their career and educational plans and compare/contrast them with the German higher education process.
  13. Compare/contrast German and American TV commercials and deduce different marketing strategies.
  14. Navigate a variety of German websites that are specific to the instructional content, gather information, and organize it in task-specific compilations. 
  15. Use iPad applications to compile and present original work or researched information, thus employing public speaking and presentation skills. 
  16. Practice listening comprehension skills by using Slow German, a German blog, also available through an iPad app. 
  17. Watch German videos on “Deutsche Welle,” a news and culture website in German.
  18. Practice vocabulary and grammar structures with Duolingo.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. Vocabulary specific to expressing everyday needs
  2. Application of future, present, narrative and conversational past tenses, including modal verbs 
  3. Different means of boundaries
  4. The different interpretations of boundaries 
  5. The grammatical use of attributive adjectives  
  6. Two-way prepositions 
  7. The novels Johann August Sutter and Im anderen Deutschland  
  8. How to express their opinions in classroom discussions  
  9. How to talk about their career and college plans  
  10. Different marketing strategies in different countries  

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This curriculum last updated on January 27, 2021, by the Foreign Language Department.