This course will introduce students to German engineering discourse. It is designed to prepare students for internships and jobs requiring some knowledge of technical German, and for study abroad in a technical field in a German-speaking country. Readings will be taken primarily from Wie funktioniert das? Technik heute (6th ed.). This book provides a wide range of technical information in a standardized format consisting of one page of text with a facing page of illustrations for each topic. We will watch a number of videos related to the course material, and will make some use of the internet. The course will also include one or two field trips and/or guest lectures by faculty from technical fields. In addition, we will spend one day taking some things apart and putting them back together again. Vocabulary building will be emphasized strongly; grammar will be reviewed as needed. There will be a lot of partner and small group work during class time, in order to maximize students' opportunities to practice speaking and to help each other master the material.
Student tasks and the instructor's expectations will be based on the assumption that the majority of students will previously have had the equivalent of four semesters (or more) of college German. It is strongly recommended, but not required, that students have some background in Engineering. Students enrolling in the course without such a background should be open to and interested in the study of scientific and technical concepts. In particular, it is not necessary to have previously taken German for Engineers I in order to enroll in this course: German for Engineers I and German for Engineers II cover different topics and can be taken in any order.