This unit is an introduction to the German language, specifically for Theological and Biblical studies or for other academic purposes. The focus is therefore on reading comprehension and translation, familiarising students with German vocabulary, morphology and syntax. Students apply these skills in the translation of select (and initially simplified) passages.

Unit code: AL1031Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


translate German sentences and theological/academic text passages of moderate difficulty


demonstrate an understanding of German morphology by parsing German nouns, pronouns and verbs


exhibit a basic knowledge of German vocabulary, in particular of theological and exegetical terminology


use German dictionaries effectively.

Unit sequence

Pre-requisites: nil Co-requisites: nil


Each week focusses on one grammatical / morphological topic through explicit teaching, individual exercises and exercises in pairs or small groups. Students will be exposed to (simplified) texts early on. Assessment is designed to test as well as to stimulate learning. Students taking the unit online participate in the class via appropriate technology. All students access online material in between classes.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Coles, Waltraud and Bill Dodd. Reading German: A Course Book and Reference Grammar. Oxford: OUP, 1997.
  • Collins German Dictionary. Edited by Susie Beattie. 9th ed. Glasgow: HarperCollins, 2019.
  • Mosse, Walter M. A Theological German Vocabulary: German Theological Key Words Illustrated in Quotations from Martin Luther's Bible and The Revised Standard Version. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2006.
  • Oxford-Duden German Dictionary. Edited by the Dudenredaktion and the German Section of the Oxford University Press Dictionary Department. Third edition. Oxford: OUP, 2005.
  • Siliakus, M. A. 500 German Theological Terms and Their Translations Together with 500 Useful Phrases. Adelaide, 1971.
  • Wilson, April. German Quickly: A Grammar for Reading German. Rev. ed. New York, NY: Peter Lang, 2007. (Recommended for purchase)
  • Ziefle, Helmut W. Modern Theological German: A Reader and Dictionary. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1997. ________.Dictionary of Modern Theological German. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1991.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests 2000 50.0
Written Examination

One 2-hour written examination OR Written examination under timed conditions conducted online

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 8 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000