GERMAN 101 - Elementary Course
Section: 101
Term: SP 2013
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 100, 103, or RCLANG 191.
Waitlist Capacity:
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 1-4 (in the Fall and Winter terms only)
  • Weekly German Tables in the North Quad and/or the MLB (in the Fall and Winter terms only)
  • A feature film (Run Lola Run) and a popular children's book (Oh, wie schön ist Panama) integrated into the curriculum. In addition, students have access to a wide range of other feature films in the Language Resource Center (including some popular English-language films dubbed in German, such as the original Star Wars trilogy, the first Monty Python movie, Shrek, and The Big Lebowski)
  • 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 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.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements include chapter tests and a final exam, two informal oral tests, a final role play, 4 short essays, class participation, and regular homework assignments.

GERMAN 101 - Elementary Course
Schedule Listing
101 (REC)
MTuWTh 6:00PM - 8:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

1. Note: We are using the Enhanced SECOND edition of Vorsprung, NOT the third edition! 2. The Vorsprung ePack (looseleaf textbook + iLrn access code) is ONLY available directly from the publisher. Buying the book used is NOT likely to save you money, as you would then still need to purchase the iLrn access at full price. Please wait for a CTools Announcement with textbook info before making a purchase!! If you have any questions, email :)
ISBN: 0139536213
Webster's new world German dictionary = Klett-Handworterbuch Deutsch-Englisch, Englisch-Deutsch, Author: [ed./Red. Peter Terrell...]., Publisher: MacMillan Concise ed 1992
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9783551681539
Prinzessin Horst Royalrevue spezial, Author: von Oliver Wenniges, Publisher: Carlsen Revue-Spez 2007
ISBN: 9780061374883
Collins German dictionary, Author: [editors, Horst Kopleck ... et al.]., Publisher: HarperCollins 5th ed. 2008
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.
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: 9781133847243
ePack: Vorsprung, Enhanced Edition, 2nd + iLrn? Heinle Learning Center 3-Semester Instant Access Code, Enhanced Ed [PURCHASE DIRECTLY FROM CENGAGE, NOT FROM CAMPUS BOOKSTORES!], Author: Lovik/Guy/Chavez, Publisher: Cengage
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