In accordance with the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning  the learning goals for students of German at Temple University are:

  • Communication and Communities: To communicate in German with native speakers of German, whether in Philadelphia, in a German-speaking culture, or by means of technology with German speakers anywhere in the world.
  • Culture: To demonstrate sensitivity to, understanding and appreciation of German cultural perspectives and practices.
  • Comparisons and Connections: To apply their knowledge of German language and culture as they make connections to other disciplines, comparing German languages and cultures through the prism of other disciplines, including the study of literature, history, economics, and others.
  • Life-Long Learning: To demonstrate positive attitudes toward the continued study of the German-speaking world, its language and culture, and the study of languages and cultures more generally.

The Temple University German program proposes to state these learning goals explicitly in the Undergraduate Bulletin, on the German program website, and to correlate individual course learning objectives with these goals in German program course syllabi.