GERMANIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Dutch Courses (Division 357)

339. Independent Study. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

This course serves the needs of students who wish to develop special topics not offered in the Dutch Studies curriculum. It may be a program of directed readings with reports, or it may be a research project and long paper. Courses in the past covered different areas like Dutch-Indonesian literature, the language of Rembrandt and his contemporaries, Dutch between English and German, etc. Courses must be supervised by a faculty member and the student must have the faculty member's agreement before electing the course. [Cost:1] [WL:2]

German Courses (Division 379)

101. Elementary Course. No credit granted to those who have completed 100. (4). (FL).

First course of a two-term sequence in elementary German. The first-year program is designed to develop the ability to understand and speak "everyday German", to develop reading and writing skills, and to get to know the German-speaking world through discussions, readings, and videos. Ample opportunity is provided to develop conversational skills in a wide variety of situations encountered in German-speaking cultures. Additional time outside of class is required to listen to cassettes, to watch videos, to read, and to study the structure of the German language. There are chapter tests and an oral and written midterm and final. The language of instruction is German.

231. Second-Year Course. German 102 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed 230 or 221. (4). (FL).

First course of a two-term sequence in contemporary intermediate German. The second-year program is designed to increase students' proficiency in understanding, speaking, writing, and reading German. Students are expected to increase the level of accuracy at which they can express themselves and the range of situations in which they can function in German-speaking cultures. They will be able to read, comprehend, and discuss a large variety of texts from commonly read West German periodicals. Traditional whole class instruction is supplemented with communicative activities involving pairs of small groups of students and with selections from the DEUTSCH DIREKT! video series. There are quizzes, two midterms, and a final examination. In addition, students give a five-minute oral presentation in German on a topic of personal interest and write four essays, one of which is an in-class essay related to class readings. The language of instruction is German.

325. Practice in Writing and Speaking German. German 232 or the equivalent (placement test). (3). (Excl).

REQUIRED FOR GERMAN CONCENTRATORS. This course is designed to refine students' proficiency in written and spoken German, and to heighten their awareness of errors "typical" for fifth-term students. Each student, in consultation with the instructor, will develop individual writing and speaking objectives for the course. Particularly troublesome grammatical points, e.g., Subjunctive, passive, relative pronouns, adjective endings, will be reviewed and practiced; however, the majority of class time will be devoted to discussion and small group activities. We will read and discuss contemporary short fiction, articles about the evolving situation east and west of the former Berlin Wall, and articles about Europe 1992. Video recordings of FDR and GDR news broadcasts will supplement reading selections. Students will give two oral presentations (5-10 minutes) and write and revise six compositions (200-300 words). Grades are based on: Composition (30%), Oral Presentations and Class Participation (25%), Midterm (20%), and Final (25%). Texts: COCHRAN'S GERMAN REVIEW GRAMMAR, 3rd ed. and course pack (Kinko's at 540 E. Liberty) of readings and topics for discussion. For further information, contact Walter Josef Denk (764-5380) or the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures (764-8018) [Cost:2] [WL:3] (Denk)


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