GERMAN 101 - Elementary Course
Section: 201
Term: SU 2010
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 the course curriculum and materials focus on engaging students' interest, creativity, and sense of humor. The course focuses systematically on the concurrent development of students' ability to understand spoken and written German, and to speak and write German themselves, and on exposing students to a broad range of aspects of German culture. While children may be good at picking up a second language when living in the culture, adults are much better at learning languages in the classroom than children, and the course aims to take advantage of this by helping students to develop effective language learning strategies, and by providing students with a wide range of tools and resources to help them to learn the language. These include:

  • Online video lectures introducing new structures for each chapter, accompanied by online comprehension check exercises or worksheets.
  • Online vocabulary practice materials, including a nifty online flashcard program, and online exercises or worksheets for each chapter.
  • A "German Lab" in the Language Resource Center where students can practice their German or get help with homework or any questions they have, Monday - Thursday 2-5 (in the Fall and Winter semesters only)
  • Weekly German Tables in the South Quad and Bursley dining halls, and a weekly conversation hour in the Max Kade German Residence (in the Fall and Winter semesters only)
  • A feature film (Run Lola Run) and a popular children's book (Oh, wie schön ist Panama) integrated into the curriculum. In addition, enrolled students have access to a wide range of other feature films via the course's CTools site, and to a broad selection of current and classic German films on reserve in the Language Resource Center (as well as some popular English-language films dubbed in German, such as the original Star Wars trilogy, the Monty Python movies, The Matrix, The Big Lebowski, etc., and also, for example, the third season of The Simpsons and a DVD documenting the Detroit Pistons' 2003/4 NBA championship season)
  • Additional cultural readings in English supplementing the cultural information in the textbook. These range from systematic texts exploring the United States' German cultural heritage or the situation of women in Germany to quirky perspectives on everyday aspects of German culture such as "The German National Pastime: Whining, Bitching and Moaning," "The Germanic Stare Down: Watcha Lookin’ at, Granny?" or "Brutally Honest: Have You Gained Weight?"
  • Detailed review sheets to help with preparation for tests
  • All transparencies used in class are available to students via the CTools site for (p)review outside of class
  • Cartoon transparencies and a compilation of "Videos zum Spaß" ["videos for fun"] providing informal reinforcement of concepts from class

By the end of the academic term, 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, 2nd edition with CD + Electronic Student Activities Manual (ESAM)+ Pocket Dictionary; ISBN: 978-0-547-21273-9
    The above package includes everything you need, and will be available at Ulrich's, Michigan Book & Supply and the Michigan Union Bookstore. The CD and pocket dictionary are included in the 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.
  • Janosch: Oh, wie schön ist Panama [Paperback edition] ISBN: 3407780028
  • Coursepack [available at Excel, 1117 South University, 996-1500]

Recommended texts:

  • Zorach/Melin: English Grammar for Students of German, 4th Ed.
  • Brown: A Practical Guide to Language Learning
  • Oliver Wenniges: Prinzessin Horst ISBN: 9 783551 681539

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

ISBN: 9780547212739
Vorsprung, 2nd ed. + eSAM, Author: Lovik/Guy/Chavez, Publisher: Cengage Learning 2ND
ISBN: 9783551681539
Prinzessin Horst Royalrevue spezial, Author: von Oliver Wenniges, Publisher: Carlsen Revue-Spez 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780070082083
A practical guide to language learning : a fifteen-week program of strategies for success, Author: H. Douglas Brown., Publisher: McGraw-Hill 1989
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780934034388
English grammar for students of German : the study guide for those learning German, Author: Cecile Zorach, Charlotte Melin, Elizabeth A. Kautz., Publisher: Olivia and Hill Press 5th ed. 2009
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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