GERMAN 230 - Intensive Second-Year Course
Section: 201
Term: SU 2012
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
Credits:
8
Other:
Lang Req
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 221, 231, or 232.
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
GERMAN 102 or 103 or equivalent and assignment by placement test, or permission of instructor.
Lang Req:
This course is part of the Language Requirement sequence.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:

This is an intensive intermediate course equivalent to two terms of second-year college German, which will reinforce and extend the grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and reading skills developed in first-year German. In this course, students complete the four-term introductory language sequence, and we hope they will emerge from the course with genuine pride in what they are able to do with their German, and motivated to continue using their German throughout their lives. By the end of the course, you should be able to survive without using English in a German-speaking country, and have enough conversational skills to meet people and enjoy yourself. You should be comfortable surfing the web in German, able to read and write independently about short texts covering a wide range of topics, and you should be quite familiar with all the basics of German grammar. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue an internship or study abroad in Germany subsequent to completing the course, and to take advantage of the assistance offered by the German department and by the Office of International Programs in this regard.

In the afternoon sessions of this course, you will work through an intermediate level textbook, German Through Film, by watching the films referred to in the book and completing the accompanying activities. The remaining time in the afternoon sessions will be spent on additional discussion and practice of the material from the morning sessions. The morning sessions will cover a wide variety of topics and materials, as described below. You will watch 5 feature films (including Good Bye Lenin!) and one set of video interviews online, and see numerous other DVD/video clips in class. You will read some short texts and two short novels edited for language learners. The first is based on a popular movie about growing up and falling in love in former East Germany shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The second is Kafka's Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis), in which Gregor Samsa awakes one morning from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed in his bed into an enormous bug, and wonders how he's going to get to work on time. The course website will provide you with extensive explanatory notes and vocabulary glosses in order to help you to enjoy these two books, and to read them at a reasonable speed. Several class sessions will take place in the computer lab, where you will have an opportunity to listen to some German popular music, look at some art by German-speaking artists, learn about the geography of the German-speaking countries, take (part of) a test that is required for immigrants seeking German citizenship, and to inform yourself about the Holocaust.

You will review and extend the grammatical knowledge with which you entered the course by means of an online grammar consisting of summaries, explanations, lots of examples, practice exercises and "diagnostic exercises"; we've done our best to make learning grammar fun and interesting for you by our choice of exercises and examples.

You will have six opportunities in the first month of the course to pass a "Gateway Vocabulary Test" on a list of slightly less than 600 of the most common German words and phrases, most of which you will already have encountered. This will provide you with a solid vocabulary base which will make everything else you do with German easier for you. You need a score of 80% to pass this multiple choice test; once you pass it, you need not take it again. If you do not manage to pass this test by the last scheduled time, your final course grade will be reduced by one grade notch, i.e., an A would become an A-, an A- would become a B+, etc. Six additional, much shorter vocabulary lists later in the course will help you to further extend your vocabulary. To help you study for the test, an identical version of the test will be available for you to take online as often as you wish. The test consists of a large item bank, of which you will see 40 items each time the test loads. In addition, a nifty online flashcard program will help you study this vocabulary, and all other vocabulary for the course.

The feature films, DVD and video clips, readings and other course materials will cover a variety of fields and themes ranging from popular culture, contemporary social issues and history to classical music, art, and literature. By the end of the course, you should be able to survive without using English in a German-speaking country, and have enough conversational skills to meet people and enjoy yourself. You should be comfortable surfing the web in German, able to read and write independently about short texts covering a wide range of topics, and you should be quite familiar with all the basics of German grammar, so that you will be able to pursue your own specific interests in GERMAN 232 and beyond.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements include daily homework assignments (reading, writing, learning vocabulary, practicing grammar, watching movies etc.), regular attendance and participation, tests (including two informal oral tests), quizzes, and the Gateway Vocabulary Test. Instead of a final examination, students will work in groups to produce short videos, which will be screened on the last days of classes.

GERMAN 230 - Intensive Second-Year Course
Schedule Listing
201 (REC)
P
70322
Open
12
 
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MTuWTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
MTuWTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


ISBN: 3126756891
Am kurzeren Ende der Sonnenallee., Author: Thomas Brussig. Bearb. von Iris Felter. Ill. Bonnie Poulsen. [Hrsg.: Ulla Malmmose]., Publisher: Klett. Gekurzt un 2003
Required
ISBN: 8877548088
Die Verwandlung, Author: Franz Kafka ; bearbeitet von Achim Seiffarth., Publisher: Cideb 1. Aufl. 2003
Required
ISBN: 0300109504
German through film, Author: Adriana Borra, Ruth Mader-Koltay., Publisher: Yale University Press 2007
Required
ISBN: 1439082782
Handbuch zur deutschen grammatik, Author: Jamie Rankin, Larry D. Wells., Publisher: Henle, Cengage 5th ed.
Optional
ISBN: 9780061374883
Collins German dictionary, Author: [editors, Horst Kopleck ... et al.]., Publisher: HarperCollins 5th ed. 2008
Optional
ISBN: 0139536213
Webster's new world German dictionary = Klett-Handworterbuch Deutsch-Englisch, Englisch-Deutsch, Author: [ed./Red. Peter Terrell...]., Publisher: MacMillan Concise ed 1992
Optional
ISBN: 0415316332
A frequency dictionary of German : core vocabulary for learners, Author: Randall Jones and Erwin Tschirner., Publisher: Routledge 1st ed. 2005
Optional
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
Optional
ISBN: 9780070082083
A practical guide to language learning : a fifteen-week program of strategies for success, Author: H. Douglas Brown., Publisher: McGraw-Hill 1989
Optional
ISBN: 3423078006
Damals war es Friedrich, Author: Hans Peter Richter., Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch 50. Aufl. 1974
Optional
ISBN: 3125592208
Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte : vereinfachte Fassung fur Deutsch als Fremdsprache von Ingeborg Modisane, Author: Adalbert von Chamisso ; mit Zeichnungen von Emil Praetorius., Publisher: Klett Ed. Deutsch 1. Aufl., 1993
Optional
ISBN: 9783551551672
Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen, Author: Joanne K. Rowling. Aus dem Engl. von Klaus Fritz., Publisher: Carlsen [Nachdr.]. 2001
Optional
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