Dr. Gabriele Eckart
Office Hours: M, W: 9:00-10:00 A.M. F:4:00-5:00 P.M. or by appointment
Office: Art Building 309 Telephone: 986-6185
I. Required Texts:
German in Review, by Kimberley Sparks & Van Horn Vail, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, New York, 4th edition.
Der Weg zum Lesen, by Herman Vail & Sparks,
Harcourt Brace, Fort Worth, 3rd edition.
II. Course Description:
A continuation of the intermediate level of basic German language and culture, with the emphasis on
achieving a better understanding of German culture and the German-speaking peoples by reading German literature of the past and present. The course will comprise conversational and cultural activities, plus exercises and drills meant to reinforce the students' understanding of those grammatical structures encountered in the reading selection, as well as similar ones. This, in turn, should aid in enlarging the students' vocabulary and lead to increased proficiency, cross-cultural awareness and also to appreciation of German literature.
III. Course Objectives:
A. To relate the study of German language to modern German-
speaking culture through a brief survey of German literature of the past and present. This survey will introduce
the student to various short literary forms, such as poetry and short prose-works, as well as various literary movements of the past.
B. To increase students' understanding of language as a
system and to relate the process to their native language
C. To develop the students' ability to express thought by means of language.
D. To develop students' proficiency in speaking, understanding, reading and writing modern German.
E. To develop students' ability to interpret ideas expressed through language, especially in literary readings.
IV. Course Requirements:
A. The nature of any foreign language course requires that, in order to achieve progress towards proficiency or mastery in that language by frequent contact with the target language, it is absolutely imperative that students attend class regularly. In this course, there will be exercises on grammar concepts to be encountered in the reading assignments in the reader; the literary and other readings are intended for comprehension, discussion and literary analysis. There will also be five lab reports on German writers and reports on three movies seen (Departmental film series or videos available in Kent library); students are also required to keep a journal (Mein Tagebuch) in German, in which they describe in German (own words) some cultural or political event of the week which they have seen on Deutsche Welle TV or read about in German newspapers. Grade will depend on length, clarity of expression and major grammatical errors only.
B. Evaluation of student performance will be on the following basis:
1. 90- 100 points = A
80 - 89 " = B
70 - 79 " = C
60 - 69 " = D
Below 60 " = F
The points will be earned on the following basis:
Exams and quizzes = 30%
Participation: = 10%
3 Reports on movies/7 journals = 10%
5 Lab Reports = 10%
Final Exam = 20%
V. Course Content and Tentative Schedule:
Our class work will center on the assigned readings and authors from Der Weg zum Lesen und several handouts.
ERSTE WOCHE: De Bruyn Kurz vor Feierabend, Repeat: Reflexive Pronouns and Verbs.
ZWEITE WOCHE: Bichsel Das Kartenspiel, Reflexive Pronouns and Verbs.
DRITTE WOCE: Borchert Die drei dunklen Könige, Conjunctions.
VIERTE WOCHE: Wondratschek Mittagspause, Conjunctions.
FÜNFTE WOCHE: Novak Kräftig essen, Subjunctive II.
SECHSTE WOCHE: Borchert Das Brot, Subjunctive II.
SIEBENTE WOCHE: Hildesheimer Der hellgraue Frühlingsmantel, Infinitival Constructions.
ACHTE WOCHE: Brecht (poetry), Relative pronouns and relative clauses.
NEUNTE WOCHE: Die unwürdige Greisin, Relative pronouns and relative clauses.
ZEHNTE WOCHE: Kafka Vor dem Gesetz, Subjunctive I: Indirect speech.
ELFTE WOCHE: Frisch Geschichte von Isodor, Special problems: Order of Direct and Indirect objects.
ZWöLFTE WOCHE: Böll Es wird etwas geschehen, Position of NICHT.
DREIZEHNTE WOCHE: The movement of Dada, Nouns.
VIERZEHNTE WOCHE: West German poetry, Setzen/Sitzen, Legen/Liegen, Hängen-Hängen.
FÜNFZEHNTE WOCHE: East German poetry, Hin and Her.
SECHZEHNTE WOCHE: Passive voice. Abschließende Diskussion.
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