German School of Languages and Cultures

German Courses for SPRING 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 223  German Level IV: Scientific German
Instructor: Lynne Jeanne Miles-Morillo

GER 230:  Nature in German Literature
Instructor:  Lynne Jeanne miles-Morillo

GER 241 Introduction to the Study of German Literature
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.
Instructor: Prof. William

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.
Instructor: Marc Rathmann

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.
Instructor:  Lynne Jeann Miles-Morillo

GER 323 German for Science and Engineering
Instructor: Marc Rathmann

GER 330 German Cinema
This course – taught in English – examines German cinema from 1920 to the present. In addition to viewing and carefully studying films, we consider the historical, political, economic, and social backgrounds that shaped these works and their reception. In some cases the films are documentaries, in other cases they may be based on novels or stories. In all events, there is important life experience to be learned, and we can advance global understanding. The course includes multiple studies of cultural histories, basic cinematography, and film theory. All films shown are in German with English subtitles. Course participants majoring in German can write their papers in German or in English, as they prefer. Each week we see one film and have two shorter sessions for lectures, discussion, and student presentations.
Instructor: Prof. Allert, Beate

GER 402: German Level VIII
This course entails advanced work on the development of speaking, listening, reading fluency, and writing abilities. Readings, compositions, and class discussions this semester will focus on current events in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. W will also explore some key historical events that have shaped these countries sociopolitical landscapes. Course conducted in German.
Instructor: Prof. William

GER 480: German Civilization
Instructor: Lynne Jeanne Miles-Morillo

GER 524: German for International Trade
Advanced work on speaking, listening, reading, writing, and vocabulary related to work and employment. Course topics include Germany’s major industries and companies, the German market economy, Germany’s role in international trade, the European Union and the Euro, applying for internships and jobs in Germany, and intercultural communication in German-American business encounters.
Instructor:  Rathmann

GER 563:  History of The German Language
Instructor:  Prof. John Sundquist

GER 603/605 Reading German
This course is designed to advance the skills of students in the Liberal Arts and Sciences in the reading of German texts (philosophical, historical, scientific, etc).
Instructor: Prof. Turco

GER 659 PARSIFAL: Myth and Medieval Culture
This seminar deals with the literary, historical, and cultural transformations of the medieval legend of Parsifal, from 12th-century French Arthurian romance to the American graphic novel.
Instructor: Prof. Turco, Jeffrey

GER 679: Complexity and Fluency in SLA
Instructor: Pro. Colleen Neary-Sundquist

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