German Coat of Arms The mission of the German Department is to instruct students in the language, culture, and history of the German-speaking people, to promote better communication and understanding among the peoples of the world.

Certain courses will fulfill the university transfer requirement for foreign language coursework.

What does it mean to study German?

The study of German involves learning the words and rules of the language with the purpose of acquiring them with accuracy and using them to communicate with German speakers worldwide.

Why study German?

The German Program at COA provides courses that satisfy Foreign Language
requirements at 4-year colleges and universities, provides marketable foreign language skills and offers cultural enrichment. This will empower students to:

  • Communicate with native speakers at home and
  • Increase employment potential
  • Improve memory and cognitive skills
  • Enhance travel worldwide
  • Expand one’s universe

Beyond acquisition, learning languages can expand the heart and mind and help us in our search to understand who we are as human beings.



Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  • Demonstrate rudimentary to more advanced level of cultural and historical understanding of the societies associated with the German language as students advance through the course levels.
  • Demonstrate progressive proficiency of the German language as students advance through the course levels from beginning to intermediate high as stated in ACTFL guidelines (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages).
  • Demonstrate competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing ability through the progressive course levels, in conjunction with the course content of each class.



    Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) may be assessed using:

  • Surveys
  • Questionnaires
  • Review of collected data
  • Other methods