German Courses for FALL 2018
GER 101: German Level I (First Semester)
GER 101 is an introductory course designed mainly for students who have not previously studied German. By the end of the first semester, you should be able to understand and respond appropriately to simple questions and statements in German. You should also be able to read and react to a variety of German texts, and write about yourself and your likes, dislikes, and interests in German. We also hope that during the semester you will learn more about German culture, have fun with the language, and improve your language-learning strategies. Note: there are traditional and online sections of GER 101; there is also an intensive first-year German course (LC 101).
GER 102: German Level II (Second Semester)
The main goal of GER 102 is to help you learn German at a high beginner’s level. We will focus on listening and reading comprehension, speaking, writing, and cultural literacy. By the end of the semester, you should be able to understand and respond to a variety of personal questions, talk about other people, read a wide range of beginner-level texts, express your opinions in writing, and be familiar with a number of cultural themes in German-speaking countries. Note: there are traditional and online sections of GER 102.
GER 201: German Level III (Third Semester)
The main goal of GER 201 is to learn German at an intermediate-low level. We will focus on listening and reading comprehension, speaking, writing, and cultural literacy. By the end of the semester, you should be able to understand and contribute to conversations on concrete and predictable topics related to personal information, like yourself and family, daily activities and personal preferences. However, you will also start to be familiar with more abstract topics related to social, cultural or historical themes covered in the textbook. You will also be able to read a variety of texts at the intermediate-low level, and you will begin to express your opinions in writing.
GER 202: German Level IV (Fourth Semester)
The main goal of GER 202 is to learn German at an intermediate-mid level. We will focus on listening and reading comprehension, speaking, writing, and cultural literacy. The course is the last in a four-course program. By the end of the semester, you should be able to understand and contribute to conversations on concrete and predictable topics related to personal information, like yourself and family, daily activities and personal preferences. However, you will also become familiar with and discuss more abstract topics related to social, cultural or historical themes covered in the textbook. You will also be able to read a variety of texts at the intermediate level, and you will express your opinions in writing.
GER 112/212/312: German Conversation Courses
These are one-credit courses that are focused solely on German conversational practice. Students at the 100-, 200-, or 300-level courses can work on their oral and aural skills in a small class for more specific practice of conversational German.
GER 224 German Level IV: Business German
Practical reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension skills directed toward use of German for business purposes. Work on grammar as needed. Course materials cover daily business dealings as well as national and international trade, living conditions, environmental and social problems.
GER 241 Introduction to the Study of German Literature
Instructor: Prof. William, Jennifer
An introduction to the study of German literature based on an overview of the formal elements of poetry, fiction, and drama as well as basic concepts of literary theory. Texts in German; conducted primarily in German.
GER 301: German Level V
Continued development of German speaking, listening, reading, and writing abilities, using materials dealing primarily with everyday life and civilization in Germany from a variety of sources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, TV, recent literature, internet, etc). Focus on everyday life and culture in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
GER 302: German Level VI
In this course, we will use authentic material from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria about life in German-speaking countries today. Students will learn about German government and elections (as they are happening in Germany!), about how German-speaking people think about their own history, as well as about news, media, and popular culture in German. This course will offer generous exposure to readings and films in German, and it will require students to speak and write in German. There will also be work on more sophisticated vocabulary acquisition and advanced grammatical topics according to the needs and interests of the group.
GER 342 German Literature II-Honors: From The 18th Century To The 21st Century
Reading and discussion of selected texts in German with the dual context of literary movements and historical developments between the 18th and 21st centuries.
GER 401: German Level VII
Instructor: Prof. William
Advanced work on development of German speaking, listening, reading, and writing abilities, focusing on materials dealing primarily with culture and the arts in Germany. Conducted in German.
GER 424: Business German
Instructor: Rathmann, Marc
A study of the terminology and techniques used in commercial transactions, including the interpretation and writing of business materials. Development of the four language skills, with emphasis on writing and speaking.
GER 519: Teaching College German
Instructor: Neary-Sundquist, Colleen
GER 551: Lyric Poetry From Romanticism To The Present
Instructor: Prof. Allert
A study of the German lyric from Romanticism to the present. The study of motif, form, and style as reflections of the aesthetic ideals of their age.
GER 596: L2 Teaching With Film
Instructor: Prof. Sturm, Jessica
GER 596: Second Language Speech
Instructor: Prof. Dmitrieva, Olga
GER 601: First Course To Establish Reading Knowledge
Instructor: Rathmann, Mar
GER 664: Middle High German
Instructor: Prof. Turco, Jeffrey
This course introduces students to the Middle High German language, the language of medieval literary texts written in German between 1050 and 1350. The language of this period is significantly different in spelling, vocabulary, and grammar when compared to Modern Standard German. The course also provides an introduction to various genres of medieval German literary texts from this period. Many of the foundational works in the German tradition come from this period, including those of the so-called "golden age" of medieval German literature from 1170 to 1230.
GER 679: Classroom SLA
Instructor: Prof. Wei, Mariko