GERMAN 101 - Elementary Course
Section: 101
Term: SP 2009
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 100 or 103.
Advisory Prerequisites:
All students with prior coursework in German must take the placement test.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Su.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

GERMAN 101 is an introductory course for students who have not previously studied German. Learning a new language for the first time is exciting and fun, and we hope students will approach the course in this spirit! The course focuses systematically on the development of all four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), and aims to do this by taking advantage of the cognitive advantages adult language learners have over children. This means focusing on material that will engage learners' interest, creativity, and sense of humor, as well as on the development of effective language learning strategies. By the end of the semester, students will have a firm foundation in some of the fundamental elements of German grammar and will be able to understand and respond appropriately to a variety of texts and basic conversational situations.

Required Texts:

  • Lovik, Guy & Chavez: Vorsprung Text, up-dated edition, Houghton Mifflin,
  • Lovik, Guy & Chavez: Vorsprung Workbook, up-dated edition, Houghton Mifflin
  • Course pack (Available at Excel; 1117 South University; 996-1500)
  • Audiotape Program Accompanying Vorsprung (Available online and at the LRC)
  • Flippo: When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do.


  • Webster's New World German Dictionary, Concise Edition, Macmillan
  • Zorach/Melin: English Grammar for Students of German, 4th edition, Olivia & Hill
  • Brown: A Practical Guide to Language Learning McGraw-Hill
  • Lovik, Guy & Chavez: Vorsprung Computer Study Modules (IBM or Mac) Houghton Mifflin
  • Vocabulary tapes for Vorsprung (Available at the LRC).
  • Harper Collins Beginner's German Dictionary
  • PONS Basisworterbuch, Deutsch als Fremdsprache

GERMAN 101 - Elementary Course
Schedule Listing
101 (REC)
MTuWTh 7:00PM - 9:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

Please note that you will need the 2nd edition of the textbook, and the access code for the electronic workbook (eSAM), NOT the paper workbook! An in-text audio CD and pocket dictionary are included in the textbook package for free by the publisher, but you don't need them if you want to purchase the components separately, i.e. you just need the textbook and the electronic key to the eSAM.
ISBN: 9780547212739
Vorsprung, 2nd ed. + eSAM, Author: Lovik/Guy/Chavez, Publisher: Cengage Learning 2ND
ISBN: 340776006X
Oh, wie schon ist Panama : die Geschichte, wie der kleine Tiger und der kleine Bar nach Panama reisen, Author: Janosch., Publisher: Beltz & Gelberg [Nachdr.] 2006
ISBN: 9780934034319
English grammar for students of German : the study guide for those learning German, Author: Cecile Zorach, Charlotte Melin., Publisher: Olivia and Hill Press 4th ed. 2001
ISBN: 9780070082083
A practical guide to language learning : a fifteen-week program of strategies for success, Author: H. Douglas Brown., Publisher: McGraw-Hill 1989
ISBN: 9783551681539
Prinzessin Horst Royalrevue spezial, Author: von Oliver Wenniges, Publisher: Carlsen Revue-Spez 2007
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