[at Excel, 1117 S. University, 996-1500]
[editor]/Dürrenmatt [author]. Der Besuch der alten
Dame. Houghton Mifflin; ISBN: 0395040892
Durell: Hammer's German Grammar and Usage, 4th
you can afford it, I would recommend the Harper
Collins German Unabridged Dictionary (4th ed.).
use in class, the orange "Concise Edition"
of Webster's New World German Dictionary is
probably the most practical.
useful online resource for this class, if used thoughtfully,
is the BEOLINGUS online dictionary.
A link to it is in the navigation bar on all the main
pages on this site.
If you miss more than four hours of class unexcused, your Anwesenheit und Beteiligung
grade will begin to suffer. You can make up up to four
hours of unexcused absences by attending Deutschtische or watching German movies and writing
werden 7 "Quizze" haben. Jeder Quiz testet das, was
wir seit dem letzten Quiz in der Klasse gemacht haben (Vokabeln,
assignments are intended to motivate and help you to come
to class prepared to discuss the readings and work on grammar.
They will be graded on a "check"/"check plus"/"check minus"
scale based mainly on content. Grammar homework gets a "check"
if it is on time and your score is above 80%, and a "check
minus" otherwise. Homework on the readings ordinarily
gets a "check" if it is on time. If it is late or indicates
that you may not have done the reading carefully enough, it
gets a "check minus." Homework on the readings will not
be accepted if it is more than three class days late.
"Check plusses" are awarded for homework on the reading whose
content and/or German is outstanding. "Check plusses" compensate
for "check minusses" and two "check plusses" compensate for
a missing assignment. You can make up up to three missed
assignments by watching German movies and writing about them.
If you have "checks" for all your homework assignments for
the semester, you get an "A" for this component of your grade,
since this will mean you've done a lot of work
think in terms of reading texts multiple times instead of
just once thoroughly: first, look over the vocab list,
then skim the text at least once quickly for the main
idea, then read it once carefully. As regards looking up words,
you should feel guilty if you try to look up every word you're
unsure of, and you should feel good if you try to guess the
meanings of unfamiliar words using the context, your knowledge
of the subject, similarities to related English terms, etc.
If your guess turns out not to make sense, you can always
still go back and look the word up.