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Unformatted text preview: Sonoma State University Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Fall Semester 2007 German 201: Intermediate German: Third Semester Instructor: Dr. Michaela Grobbel Class Times & Location: Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:50 in 242 Nichols Office: 3016 E Stevenson Office hours: Tu 1:00-2:00 p.m., Th 11:00 a.m.-noon, and by appointment Kaffeestunde: Thursday noon 1:00 p.m. in the Charlie Brown Caf Office tel. 664-2637 E-mail: [email protected] Herzlich willkommen! Course Description & Objectives In this course, we will focus on refining and adding to the skills and knowledge that you have developed during your first year of German study. You will improve your listening and speaking skills in German, increase your vocabulary, develop effective reading strategies, and polish your writing skills. In a wide variety of communicative situations, you will practice spoken and written German regularly and intensively. We will cover diverse cultural and up-to-date topics in order to familiarize you with life (including everyday situations) in German-speaking countries while simultaneously building on your linguistic and grammatical skills. The taped materials in the language lab will provide you with additional extensive listening practice. I will also bring in xeroxed articles or other texts about relevant affairs that are currently being discussed in Germany. We will also review the grammar that you have learned during your first year of study, and we will continue to work on your communication skills. Our discussions will focus on the literature and culture of the German-speaking world. You will read authentic texts, such as advertisements, newspaper or magazine articles, e-mails, interviews, fictional texts, and we will listen to songs. You will also watch authentic footage from German TV (i.e. about internet cafes, job search, or multicultural issues) that will provide you with the opportunity to develop your listening skills and cultural awareness. This class also fulfills the General Education requirement in area C (Humanities) or C4 (Comparative Perspectives and/or Foreign Languages). I hope you will enjoy this class, and help make German 201 a productive and fun course! Course Format & Requirements In the classroom, we will speak German and German only! I expect you to make every effort to follow this rule. How else will you learn to speak German? I also expect regular and punctual attendance, and, of course, active participation in our sessions. The success of classroom activities depends on your regular and conscientious preparation of all assignments. It is crucial that you do all your homework regularly and in writing. Since we only meet twice a week, it is very important that you do not miss class. Like achievements in sports or music, language proficiency is acquired through structured regular practice. For this reason class attendance is mandatory. Failure to attend class will German 201, M. Grobbel, 2 have a negative effect on your grade. More than three classes of absence automatically lower the overall course grade. Oral Partner Project: We will engage in a lot of group work, so be prepared to do independent work with a partner or a group of students. You will be asked to present one oral presentation related to the art exhibition of Charlotte Salomon's work "Leben? Oder Theater?" that will take place next semester in the SSU Library. This upcoming exhibit is a collaboration between the Goethe-Institute in San Francisco and the SSU German Program. Your presentation should be accompanied by a poster that will announce the exhibit, and provide information about the artist and her work. You may also choose to do a presentation on another woman artist, author, or musician who uses art as a vehicle of autobiographical self-expression. Together with your partner, you will need to talk to me about your project at least two weeks before your actual presentation in class. Important: Before you prepare your poster, you must hand it the text (typed) that you will include on the poster. Oral Midterm: The midterm will consist of one oral (individual) examination, which you will prepare beforehand. Select a poem (minimum of 10 lines) that you like and that speaks to you, and learn it by heart. Janin, our German tutor in the Stevenson Language Lab, will help you with pronunciation (we may also have German tutors in the Salazar Tutorial Center). Learn about the author and the historical and cultural context of her/his life so you can tell the class about it (ca. 5 minutes). Tell us why you find the poem interesting, and provide a copy of the poem for each student. Journal: Every Tuesday and Thursday (if time permits at the end of each class meeting) you will write-in German--for about 10 minutes into your journal about our readings or class discussions, or anything else related to German affairs that you want to write about. I want you to get used to write in German regularly. Once in a while I will collect the journals but I will not evaluate your writing based on correct spelling and grammar. The goal is to encourage you to think and write in German at least twice a week--based on the material we will discuss in class or that you discover on your own. Quizzes: You will write 4 quizzes that will cover the grammar, vocabulary, and cultural information we discussed in class. Final Oral Group Presentation: At the end of the semester, you will perform a skit that you created yourselves. You may choose your own topic. Be as creative as you can be--but make sure you use vocabulary and grammatical structures that we discussed in class. Help each other with correct grammar and pronunciation. Each student must contribute equally to the skit. Work with the tutor(s) on your project, too, if you wish. Extra credit for the use of props that clearly enhances the roleplay! Texts We will use the following texts and Cds: - Kaleidoskop: Kultur, Literatur und Grammatik (including accompanying audio CDs) by Jack Moeller, Winnifred R. Adolph, Barbara Mabee, and Simone Berger (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007; 7th edition) - bungsbuch: Kaleidoskop/Student Activities Manual by Simone Berger and Jack Moeller (2007, 7th edition) - A Practical Review of German Grammar by Gerda Dippmann and Johanna Watzinger-Tharp (1999) Strongly recommended: - English Grammar for Students of German: The Study Guide For Those Learning German by Cecile Zorach and Charlotte Melin German 201, M. Grobbel, 3 Please purchase a simple notebook that you will use as your German journal this semester. By the second week of the semester you should have "personalized" the book cover (decorate it through collage, art work, paint it, etc.), and make it your `own' book that you will enjoy using. Evaluation Criteria The final grade for the course is constituted as follows: Class preparation, participation, homework Arbeitsbuch (Language Lab) Journal 4 Quizzes Partner Presentation (poster presentation) Midterm (poetry recital) Final Oral Group Presentation Final Written Examination Extra Credit: 100 pts. or 10% 100 pts. or 10% 100 pts. or 10% 200 pts. or 20% 100 pts. or 10% 100 pts. or 10% 100 pts. or 10% 200 pts. or 20 % -- active and regular participation in Kaffeestunde -- attending the German film series (make sure you put your name on the sign-in sheets!) I will assign the final letter grades on a straight scale (A: 90-100%; B: 80-89%; C: 70-79%; D: 6069%; F: 59% and below). ******************* Please mark your calendar: The final written examination will be administered on Wednesday, December 12, 5:00 p.m.-6:50 p.m. ******************* German 101L: Language Laboratory The Language Lab is located in 1028 Stevenson Hall; the computer lab is in 1040 Stevenson. Concurrent enrollment in German 101L (one unit, CR/NC only) is required. Lab work is indispensable for rapid progress in listening comprehension. Furthermore, Kaleidoskop is structured to include work in the lab, and the exercises of the workbook are integral parts of this course. The minimum requirements for earning the one unit of lab credit are: 1. Work in the language lab averaging a minimum of 100 minutes weekly. Frequent short sessions work better than infrequent long ones. For example, you might wish to split up the 100 minutes per week into 25 minute-sessions four times a week. Time spent in the lab will be recorded on student time cards which you will receive from the lab director. Note: The 100 minutes' weekly average must be distributed evenly over the semester for credit to be awarded. You will learn German much more effectively by working in the lab regularly. 2. Careful completion of the written exercises in each workbook chapter. Please see due dates as indicated in the syllabus. You may use the lab at any time during its open hours. Please see the posted note outside the language laboratory, or contact the lab director Dr. Robert Train ([email protected]). The lab workbook contains many creative lab exercises. If any problems arise, make note of them and ask me or Janin (tutor and lab assistant) for help. Initially, you may find the German on the tapes too fast. Give yourself time to get used to it. Remember, listening is a skill which will improve with German 201, M. Grobbel, 4 practice. I also strongly encourage you to work with German tapes, CDs, and other materials available in the 1028 Stevenson Language Lab. For additional practice, you may want to read or leaf through copies of GEO, a German magazine that is similar to National Geographic. A big set of GEO magazines is available for you in the Language Lab (to the left of the door, next to the wall). I also encourage you to work with CD-ROMs (i.e. grammar review, learning German for tourists). Ask the student assistant for help when you want to check them out and take them to the computer lab three doors down the hallway in Stevenson 1040. This lab work, which includes listening, speaking, reading and writing practice, is an essential component of our language course, and will prove very beneficial to your language study, provided you complete the work carefully and thoughtfully. Remember: regular daily practice is key to learning a foreign language! Finally, as mentioned above, grading for German 101L is credit/no credit only. Note, however, that the required workbook chapters also represent 10% of your final course grade in German 101. ************************** Und -- nicht vergessen (falls Ihr Zeit und Lust habt): Kaffeestunde donnerstags von zwlf bis eins im Charlie Brown Caf! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a non-formal, relaxed way! Thursdays between noon and one! Gemtlichkeit zeigt dieses Semester wieder sieben deutsche Filme und zwar jeden zweiten Mittwochabend um sieben Uhr im Multi-Purpose Room. Mark your calendars: The German Club `Gemtlichkeit' will show seven German films (with English subtitles) every other Wednesday night at 7 p.m.! Free admission. P.S. Here are some websites that you may find helpful and interesting:; (texts/exercises and audio files for the language course "Deutsch-warum nicht? ["German--why not?"] (a wealth of information and exercises offered by the Goethe-Institute);; (information about German cities; pictures) (info about German universities; every-day life) (music and youth magazines; webradios) (information about movies); ******************** Please note: If you have a disability that requires accommodation in this class, please notify me before the end of the second week of class regarding the nature of the accommodation you need. You must register with the campus Disabled Student Services, located in 1049 Salazar, tel. 664-2677 (voice), 664-2958 (TDD for hearing and voice impaired). DSS will provide written documentation of your verified disability with the recommended accommodation/authorization that you will then present to me and we will go from there. Please make sure you are aware of important University policies, such as the add/drop policy, cheating and plagiarism policy, or grade appeal procedures. For information, see Ich wnsche Euch allen ein gutes Semester und viel Spass! ...
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course GER 201 taught by Professor Grobbel during the Fall '07 term at Sonoma.

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