GERMAN 100 - Intensive Elementary Course
Section: 101
Term: SP 2008
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 101, 102 or 103.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

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. The course moves at a fast pace, so that regular attendance and completion of daily assignments is even more imperative than it already is in any language course. As part of the "intensive" experience, students will be expected to participate in regular language tables, and occasional movie screenings or excursions.

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 a nifty online flashcard program, and online exercises or worksheets for each chapter.
  • Bi-weekly German lunch tables
  • A feature film (Run Lola Run) and a variety of other video materials (including the beginning of the film Mostly Martha, the Oscar-nominated short film Ausreißer, the first episode of Verliebt in Berlin (the German version of Ugly Betty"), and a documentary on the Fall of the Berlin Wall) integrated into the curriculum. In addition, enrolled students have access to a wide range of other feature films via the course's CTools site, and to a broad selection of current and classic German films on reserve in the Language Resource Center (as well as some popular English-language films dubbed in German, such as the original Star Wars trilogy, the Monty Python movies, The Matrix, The Big Lebowski etc. and also, for example the third season of The Simpsons and a DVD documenting the Detroit Pistons' 2003/4 NBA championship season)
  • Two popular children's books (Oh, wie schön ist Panama and Eine Woche voller Samstage) integrated into the curriculum.
  • 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
  • All transparencies used in class are available to students via the CTools site for (p)review outside of class
  • 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 been exposed to all the essentials of German grammar, which will then be reviewed and extended in the second year courses. 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 basic intellectual work in German.

    Required texts:

  • Lovik/Guy/Chavez: Vorsprung, 2nd ed. + Student Activities Manual [Specific package to be determined]
  • Janosch: Oh, wie schön ist Panama [Paperback edition] ISBN: 3407780028
  • Paul Maar: Eine Woche voller Samstage
  • Coursepack [available at Excel, 1117 South University, 996-1500]

    Recommended texts:

  • Zorach/Melin: English Grammar for Students of German, 4th Ed.
  • Brown: A Practical Guide to Language Learning
  • Oliver Wenniges: Prinzessin Horst ISBN: 9 783551 681539
  • Crossgrove & Crossgrove: Graded German Reader, 3rd Ed.
  • Bürger: Münchhausens Abenteuer ISBN: 3126754937
  • Karl Phillip Moritz/ Wolf Erlbruch: Neues ABC Buch ISBN: 3-88897-332-5
  • Sempé/Goscinny: Asterix, Volume 1 ISBN: 3770400011
  • GERMAN 100 - Intensive Elementary Course
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    101 (REC)
    MTuWTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
    MTuWTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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