GERMAN 101 - Elementary Course
Fall 2022, Section 008
Instruction Mode: Section 008 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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Details

Credits:
4
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 100, 103, or RCLANG 191.
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Cost:
50-100
Advisory Prerequisites:
All students with prior coursework in German must take the placement test.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Su.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

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.

The full syllabus for German 101 is available at https://resources.german.lsa.umich.edu/kursseiten/

Intended Audience:

Students will be expected to attend class in person.

Class Format:

Students will be expected to attend class in person. All class sessions will be recorded and made available for students who have to miss class, e.g. due to illness or while they self-quarantine. In consultation with students, some class sessions may take place online, e.g. if the class feels that switching up the format occasionally may be beneficial, or at times when a significant fraction of the class is in self-quarantine, i.e. well enough to participate, but unable to attend. Students who are concerned that participating in pair/group work at a social distance may make them anxious should discuss participation options with the instructor, such as typing their responses to some activities into a Google doc, and then creating and submitting recordings of themselves reading some or all of those responses after class.

Schedule

GERMAN 101 - Elementary Course
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 In Person
11267
Open
1
 
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MTuWTh 9:00AM - 10:00AM
002 (REC)
 In Person
18841
Closed
0
 
3
MTuWTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (REC)
 In Person
11268
Closed
0
 
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MTuWTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (REC)
 In Person
11269
Closed
0
 
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MTuWTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (REC)
 In Person
17398
Closed
0
 
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MTuWTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
006 (REC)
 In Person
11270
Closed
0
 
1
TuTh 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Note: The course instructor will work around evening exam conflicts in other classes--email gds.ugrad@umich.edu for an override.
007 (REC)
 In Person
22597
Closed
0
 
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MTuWTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM
008 (REC)
 In Person
22598
Open
8
 
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MTuWTh 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Textbooks/Other Materials

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Syllabi

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