DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND ANTHROPOLOGY Spring Semester 2007
I. Title: German Language & Culture II (GN l20)
Instructor: Gabriele Eckart
Phone: 986 6185 Office: AB 309,
Office Hours: MW 9:00-10.00 A.M., F 4:00-5.00 p.m. and by appointment
II. Catalog Description:
Acquisition of an appreciation of the cultures of the Ger-
man-speaking peoples and study of speaking, understanding,
reading, and writing German. (3 credits)
III. Purpose: The primary purpose of this course is to provide
students with a basic knowledge of and competency in oral and written German.
IV. Course Objectives:
First-year German language study has the following goals:
1. To increase and refine students' awareness of and appreciation for German-speaking peoples and their cultures.
2. To improve interpersonal communication skills, whether in German or English.
3. To understand basic expressions and simple to more complex sentences in German.
4. To seek out information by asking questions in German and understanding the responses given.
5. To read simple to more complex passages in German.
6. To write in German passages ranging from basic sentences and expressions to brief compositions on topics of pertinent or individual interest.
7. Be able to evaluate cultural differences and their
implications on daily events.
V. Content Outline: GN 120 is a University Studies course and as such will incorporate the 9 University Study Objectives in our daily work and assignments: 1. LOCATE & GATHER INFORMATION; 2. & 3. DEVELOP CRITICAL THINKING AND COM- MUNICATION SKILLS; 4. & 5. UNDERSTAND HUMAN EXPERIENCES &
VARIOUS CULTURES, 6. INTEGRATE KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCES;
7. & 8. MAKE INFORMED VALUE DECISIONS AND AESTHETIC RESPONSES; and 9. FUNCTION RESPONSIBLY IN ONE'S SOCIAL AND
In our GN l20 textbook, Wie geht’s? (Thomsom, Heinle:7th Edition, 2003) we will cover chapters 8-15: The chapters will be accompanied by cultural materials (TV, papers, films, slides, video tapes) to explain contemporary culture of the German-speaking countries. The main points to be emphasized in grammar are:
a) All tenses of verbs; b) Passive and subjunctives;
c) Relative pronouns; d) Extended sentences.
VI. Instructional Activities:
Your instructor views language and culture as one. The
conversational and grammar exercises will be based on
the text; the films/lectures offered by the Department will help you better understand Germany and its people.
Role Play Activities: This is an "oral expression" course which involves a great amount of speaking. You will be required to help one another.
VII. Field and Clinical Experiences:
The following field experiences are expected of all students:
a. FL Lab: Complete Workbook assignment chapters in Lab.
b. Web Sites: Use the FL Lab to visit one web site each week (see below!) Journal must be in German!
and write your Journal every two weeks about 1 web site.
c. Films: German FILMS are part of this course. A list of the films that will be shown this semester (approx. one every four weeks) will be distributed within the first
week or two. You may choose any two films. The reports are due within a week of the showing. Reports must be
written in German!
d. Online Focus: Visit German web-sites and write in
Journals about the visits; one per Journal. See below!
(Work 1 week late receives half credit!)
CD-Rom discs accompany the Lab Workbook; You are
required to use the FL Lab one hour per week.
IX. Grading Procedures: Your grade consists of the following:
10% Active class participation
10% 7 Journals: One every two weeks.
10% 2 film reports
10% Vocabulary Quizzes
10% 7 chapters in Lab Manual
30% 3 exams (each over 2 chapters - 100 pts each)
20% Final Exam (cumulative exam, chapters 1-7)
Course Grade: Course grade will be calculated as follows:
90% - A; 80% - B; 70% - C; 60% - D; 50% & below - F.
X. Class Participation Grades: You are expected to
attend regularly; there are no make-up quizzes.
XI. Text and References:
Wie geht’s?, 7th Edition, 2003 by Sevin et al.
LAB- & WORKBOOK w. CD, 7th Edition, 2003 by Sevin.
Optional: Any German/English, English/German Dictionary
XII. Prerequisites: GN 100 or equivalent
XIII. Tutoring: The department provides free tutor services.
Week 1-2: Kapitel 8 Review and Chapter 8
Vocab. Quiz, Kap. 8
Lab Manual Kap. 8, Journal 1
Visit Web-Sites “Heidelberg” and “dhm”
Week 3-4: Kap. 9 Lab. Manual, Kap. 9
Voc. Quiz Kap. 9
Journal 2 & Lab Kap. 9
Exam 1 (chapters 8-9)
Visit next two web-sites
Week 5-6: Kap. 10 Journal 3
Voc. Quiz 3, Lab. Kap. 10
Visit next two web-sites
Week 7-8: Kap. 11 Lab. 11 (due), visit two web-sites,
Journal 4, Voc. Quiz 4 & Exam 2 (10-11)
Week 9-10: Kap. 12 Journal 5 , Lab. Manual 12, Voc. Quiz 5, visit 2 web-sites
Week 11-12: Kap. 13 Journal 6, Lab. Manual 13
Voc. Quiz 6, Exam 3, visit 2 web-sites
Week 13-14: Kap. 14 Voc. Quiz 7, Journal 6, visit 2
web-sites, Final Review, Lab Kap. 14.
Week 13-14: Review
Final Exam: TBA
All Journals will be kept in German and should deal with what you learned from the German web-sites.
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