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 German Courses for FALL 2019

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
Instructor: TBD
Practical reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension skills, directed toward use of German in science and technology. Work on grammar as needed. Use of materials from recent publications in science and technology. Introduction to general and technical vocabulary. Conducted primarily in German. Credit will not be given for both GER 20200 and 22300.

GER 230 German Literature in Translation
Instructor: TBD
Reading and analysis of selected German writers and their works, with particular emphasis on the social, political, and intellectual climate of the times. The course content will change from semester to semester. Knowledge of German not required.

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
Instructor: Dr. Rathmann, Marc
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
Instructor: TBD
This course is designed to prepare students for subsequent 300- or 400-level course work in German language, literature, and culture. It includes advanced work on the development of German speaking, listening, reading fluency, and writing abilities with particular emphasis on composition and conversation. As a follow-up course to GER 301, GER 302 focuses on topics dealing with German culture and current events. In the fall of 2018, GER 302 will focus primarily on German media. Students will read authentic texts from a variety of German media sources. German films and TV shows will also be part of the materials used in the course.

GER 341: German Literature I: From The Middle Ages to The 18th Century
Instructor: TBD
Reading and discussion of selected texts (poetry, prose, dramatic texts, cultural documents, and artworks) in German from the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century.

GER 401: German Level VII
Instructor: TBD
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: Prof. Ratchmann, 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: Prof. Neary-Sundquist, Colleen
A course designed to provide a forum for ideas connecting theory and research to teaching practice. Explores issues related to how learning and teaching can be enhanced and presents practical ideas that can be implemented in the classroom. Permission of instructor required.

GER 590 Directive Reading German
Instructor: TBD
Directed readings in German. Permission of instructor required.

GER 630: Bibliography And Literary Criticism
Instructor: Prof. Dixon, Paul
The use of general and specific reference materials and bibliographical aids in literary research; the basic concepts and terminology of literary criticism. Required of all MA candidates in German

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