German at Aquinas College

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO's) for German are aligned with national and state standards on language teaching, development of language skills, and cultural understanding as reflected in the Proficiency Guidelines by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL):

  • To attain an Intermediate High level in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the language studied according to recognized professional guidelines in the four language skills (ACTFL Standards)
  • To understand both oral and written communication from a variety of sources (i.e., academic lectures, literature, online sources, news broadcasts etc.)
  • To communicate effectively in the target language in spoken and written form, expressing a wide variety of topics from personal information to more abstract views and perspectives related to literary, socio-historical, political and cultural themes
  • To obtain a broad base of knowledge and perspectives on German-speaking countries and their respective cultures – including literature, the arts, political, socio-historical, and economic structure, etc. – within a variety of interpretive frameworks
  • To understand aspects of language and culture in the world as part of human communication in wider interdisciplinary contexts
  • To develop skills in critical thinking and analysis, including (but not limited to) textual analysis.
  • German Proficiency Guidelines are available here:

Mission Statement of the German Program

The Department of World Languages at Aquinas College promotes an understanding of and exchange with other cultures both within and outside the United States. Our integrated program of language learning incorporates all of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students learn to use the language in a communicative and interactive environment within the classroom. The German Program offers a variety of upper-division courses for advanced study in culture, literature, history, applied language for business and professions, translation and interpretation, and community involvement through service learning. These courses are designed to enhance an understanding of the richness of the human experience across times and cultures, integrate the Dominican charisms of study, community and service, and prepare students for graduate school and professional careers.