102. Elementary Course. German 101 or the equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 100 or 103. (4). (LR).
German 102 completes the two-term introductory German language series for the University of Michigan students. The course focuses systematically on all four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) so that you are sufficiently prepared for more advanced university courses both within and outside of the German Department. By the end of the term you will have a firm foundation in the fundamental elements of German grammar and will be able to understand and respond appropriately to a variety of texts and conversational situations. You will also develop analytic skills and strategies crucial to language learning and success in other academic fields. Most importantly you will find that acquiring the German language in a university setting will not only be intellectually stimulating and fun, but will become useful in a number of ways throughout your academic career. Cost:2 WL:1
231. Second-Year Course. German 102 or 103, or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 221. (4). (LR).
In this course, grammar and vocabulary from the first year will be reviewed and extended. Greater emphasis will be placed on reading German texts and talking and writing about them in German. Reading texts include both short literary works and non-fictional texts from a variety of fields ranging from history to science and the arts. Course requirements include daily homework assignments (reading, writing, learning vocabulary, etc.), regular attendance, video assignments, three in-class tests, and a final examination. Instruction is in German and English. Cost:2 WL:1
232. Second-Year Course. German 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 236. (4). (LR). Some sections of German 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.
In this course we will discuss and occasionally do some basic Math, Computer, Physics, Astronomy, and Biology work in German (just as Einstein learned to do these things in English...). The necessary vocabulary and grammar will be provided along the way. This should be easier than it perhaps sounds, because the technical terms are usually very similar in German and English, and there is a clear context for guessing the meaning of unknown words. No background in Math or Science is assumed. Grades will be based on participation, homework, quizzes, and exams. Cost:1 WL:1
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