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Spring/Summer '00 Course Guide

Courses in German (Division 379)


Calendars

Spring Half-Term, 2000 (May 2 June 23, 2000)
Spring/Summer Term, 2000 (May 2 August 18, 2000)
Summer Half-Term, 2000 (June 28 August 18, 2000)


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Spring Half-Term Courses

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German 100. Intensive Elementary Course.

Section 101.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 101, 102 or 103. (8). (LR).

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is an intensive introductory course equivalent to the first two terms of college German and intended for students who have not previously studied German. Few things are more fun and exciting than learning a new language for the first time, and we hope students will approach the course in this spirit. The course focuses systematically on the development of all four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), and aims to do this by taking advantage of the cognitive advantages adult language learners have over children. This means focussing on material that will engage learners' interest, creativity, and sense of humor, as well as on the development of effective language learning strategies. As part of the "intensive" experience, students will be expected to participate in activities such as regular language tables, movie screenings, and excursions. Regular attendance is imperative. By the end of the term, students will have been exposed to all the essentials of German grammar, which will then be reviewed and extended in the third and fourth terms. Students will be able to cope with a variety of conversational situations and written texts. In particular, they will have the necessary "survival skills" for a visit to a German-speaking country, as well as a foundation for doing intellectual work in German.

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German 231. Second-Year Course.

Section 101.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: 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).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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. By the end of the course, students will be able to read and write about short texts from periodicals and textbooks, and from classic texts by Nietzsche, Kafka, etc., independently, so that they will be able to pursue their own specific interests in German 232 and beyond.

Course requirements include daily homework assignments (reading, writing, learning vocabulary, etc.) regular attendance, video assignments, tests, and quizzes. Instead of a final examination, students will work in groups to produce short videos, which will be screened on the last day of classes. By the end of the course, students should be quite familiar with all the basics of German grammar, and be able to survive and converse fairly comfortably in a German-speaking country. In particular, students should be ready to embark on an introduction to the study in German of an academic discipline of their choice in one of the specialty 232 courses.

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German 300. German Grammar and Composition.

Section 101.

Instructor(s): Kalli Federhofer (kallimz@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course seeks to increase the accuracy of students' grammar and vocabulary through conversation, writing, and reading. The content of the course is focused on everyday life, cultural trends, and current events in Germany. Texts to be read include journalistic prose, material from the Internet, movies, and popular music. The course will also provide a systematic review of German grammar.

This course is intended for students still wishing or needing a systematic review of German grammar and practice in composition after having satisfied the language requirement.

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German 329. Independent Study.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of chairman. (1-2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4; 1-2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Independent study for students who need work in a certain area to complete their degrees and are unable to acquire it from a regularly scheduled course.

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Spring/Summer Term Courses

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German 101. Elementary Course.

Section 201.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: All students with prior coursework in German must take the placement test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 100 or 103. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

German 101 is an introductory course for students who have not previously studied German. Few things are more fun and exciting than learning a new language for the first time, and we hope students will approach the course in this spirit. The course focuses systematically on the development of all four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), and aims to do this by taking advantage of the cognitive advantages adult language learners have over children.

This means focussing on material that will engage learners' interest, creativity, and sense of humor, as well as on the development of effective language learning strategies. By the end of the term, 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.

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German 111. First Special Reading Course.

Section 101.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Undergraduates must obtain permission of the department. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The objective of this course is to teach students to read simple German expository prose. Students are introduced to the essentials of German grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, both in class lectures and in texts. The class is taught in English, and students are required to read but not write and speak German.

This is a fast-paced course with a substantial workload, intended for students with some experience in language learning, and is therefore recommended only to graduate students who wish to meet a German foreign language requirement and to advanced undergraduates who have already met the LS&A foreign language requirement.

Course requirements include daily assignments, quizzes, a midterm on grammar and vocabulary, and a final examination requiring the translation of sight passages without the aid of a dictionary. The course does not satisfy the LS&A foreign language requirement.

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German 112. Second Special Reading Course.

Section 101.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 111 or the equivalent (placement test). (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The objective of this course is to teach students to read German for research purposes with the aid of a dictionary. Course content includes an intensive review of grammar and syntax followed by translations from texts in the humanities, the natural and social sciences. Choice of reading texts is determined in part by the composition of class.

Course requirements include daily preparation and recitation, one examination following the completion of the grammar review, and one examination during the reading of assigned texts. The final examination requires the translation of sight passages with the aid of a dictionary. This course does not satisfy the LS&A foreign language requirement.

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German 205. Conversation Practice.

Section 101.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 102 or 103. Students previously enrolled in a 300- or 400-level conversation course may not register for 205 or 206. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May not be included in a concentration plan or minor in German.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The objective of this course is to overcome the silence which you may experience when attempting to articulate everyday needs in German. In this course, you will hone your German conversation skills by learning basic idiomatic expressions and by building a fundamental vocabulary.

In-class and out-of-class exercises will place you inside a bank where you may open an account or order checks (without financial allowances); you will find victuals on the food market or an apartment on the housing market; you will learn both to describe physical discomfort and to get your hair trimmed without physical discomfort.

In addition, newspaper or magazine articles along with films and music segments may illustrate the German cultural landscape at large. Active class participation, occasional vocabulary quizzes, and short oral presentations establish the course requirements.

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German 230. Intensive Second-Year Course.

Section 201.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 221, 231, or 232. (8). (LR).

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is an intensive intermediate course, equivalent to two terms of second-year college German, which will reinforce and extend the grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and reading skills developed in first-year German. There will be a wide variety of readings, ranging from newspaper articles to literary, historical, philosophical, and scientific texts; there will also be an entertaining and interesting variety of German movies and videos.

As part of the "intensive" experience, students will be expected to participate in activities such as regular language tables, movie screenings, and excursions. Regular attendance is imperative. Other course requirements include daily homework assignments (reading, writing, learning vocabulary, etc.), tests, and quizzes. Instead of a final examination, students will work in groups to produce short videos, which will be screened on the last day of classes.

By the end of the course, students will be ready to pursue an internship or study abroad in Germany, and are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the assistance offered by the German department and by the Office of International Programs in this regard.

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German 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 201 Scientific German.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 236. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course serves as an introduction to the tools that are vital for pursuing further science-based work in German practical or academic. Recently, one of the reasons why students have taken this course has been to prepare themselves for summer internships available with German companies or for study abroad in technical and scientific fields.

In addition to reading various scientific articles, we will go on excursions to the Hands on Museum and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History; students will have the opportunity to present some fun experiments in groups; there will be an elementary math lesson (or more if the class is interested); etc.

In addition, we will pause along the way to consider the nature of science and the cultural values that can underlie it, as well as the ethical implications that a rapidly increasing amount of technology and knowledge has on our society today. The necessary vocabulary and grammar will be provided along the way. No background in math or science is assumed. Grades will be based on participation, homework, quizzes, presentations/projects, and exams.

By the end of the course, students will be ready to pursue an internship or study abroad in Germany, and are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the assistance offered by the German department and by the Office of International Programs in this regard.

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German 305. Conversation Practice.

Section 101.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232; concurrent enrollment in a 300-level course is encouraged but not necessary. Students who have previously participated in a 400-level conversation course may not register for 305 or 306. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. This course does not satisfy the language requirement. May not be included in a concentration plan or minor in German. May be elected for credit twice.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The goal of this course is to increase students' confidence in speaking on any topic and, therefore, the course will focus on a variety of topics ranging from practical language situations to current cultural events to areas of students' academic interests.

Students will work on expanding vocabulary, finding synonyms, and understanding/using varying spoken styles, which are necessary to appreciate life in German-speaking communities. The materials for the course will come from German websites as well as various materials from the instructor.

This course is open to students who have completed and passed 232; concurrent enrollment in a 300-level course is encouraged but not necessary. Students who have previously participated in a 400-level conversation course may not register for 305 or 306. Course requirements are: energetic class participation, thorough preparation, e-mail in German with the instructor and fellow students, and oral presentations.

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German 329. Independent Study.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of chairman. (1-2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4; 1-2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Independent study for students who need work in a certain area to complete their degrees and are unable to acquire it from a regularly scheduled course.

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