GERMAN 101 - Elementary Course
Section: 101
Term: SP 2019
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:
With permission of instructor.
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 an online flashcard program and app, and online exercises, worksheets, and detailed vocabulary handouts 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 semesters only)
  • Weekly or bi-weekly "Schokoladenstunden" in the Language Resource Center with games and German chocolate, and regular conversation hours hosted by the German House (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, 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
  • Outline lesson plans for each day are available to students for (p)review outside of class via links in the online syllabus
  • Cartoon transparencies and a compilation of "Videos zum Spaß" ["videos for fun"] providing informal reinforcement of concepts from class

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.

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.

Class Format:

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GERMAN 101 - Elementary Course
Schedule Listing
101 (REC)
MTuWTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

e-Pack: Vorsprung, Enhanced, Loose-leaf Version, 3rd + iLrn Heinle Learning Center, 4 terms (24 Months) Instant Access [This will cost $120. You will buy it directly from the publisher; it will NOT be available at the campus bookstores.]
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: 9780062394453
Collins beginner's german dictionary 8th edition., Publisher: Harpercollins 2015
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780934034432
English Grammar for Students of German, Author: Zorach/Melin, Publisher: Olivia & Hill 6
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0385348118
Fluent Forever : How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It., Publisher: Crown Publishing Group 2014
ISBN: 3468980469
Langenscheidt, Standard German dictionary German-English, English-German, Author: ed. by the Langenscheidt editorial staff. [Project management: Wolfgang Walther]., Publisher: Langenscheidt Rev. ed. 2011
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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