101 M-TH Syllabus Herbst 2015(3) - German 101 First Semester German Fall 2015 Instructor Tessa Enright Office LL 09 Office hours Fridays 9:00-11:00am

101 M-TH Syllabus Herbst 2015(3) - German 101 First...

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German 101 First Semester German – Fall 2015 Instructor: Tessa Enright Classroom: LL 249 Office: LL 09 Class meetings: Monday through Thursday 10:30-11:20am Office hours: Fridays 9:00-11:00am Email: [email protected] Welcome to German 101! German 101 is a first semester course for students with a) no prior knowledge of German, or b) no more than one year of high school German, or c) authorization from the German section. See your instructor if you are in this course for any other reason. Course Description In this course you will learn to read, listen, write and speak German. The primary goal of 101 is to help you develop your ability to communicate in German using a variety of tools. You will learn to use German to ask and answer questions; name and describe persons, things, places, and events; deal with certain situations; narrate orally and in writing; write letters and postcards; fill out forms; and comprehend some texts. You will also expand your knowledge of the cultures of the German-speaking countries. We hope you will be willing to contribute to the class discussions what you already know. German 101 is a four-credit course that meets Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in the classroom. How much time you should spend studying outside of class depends on a number of individual factors such as your linguistic aptitude, self-discipline, attitude toward studying, attitude toward learning a foreign language, attitude toward German, etc. You should, on average, plan to spend at least 1-2 hours each day studying German: completing written homework, reviewing, reading, and building your vocabulary. Your instructor can offer some tips on how to study effectively. We approach teaching and learning foreign languages with the main goal in mind that you will be able to communicate meaningfully with others in German. The emphasis is on the language as a whole and being able to communicate orally and in written form making sense to others. Therefore, unlike language teaching and learning methods you may have previously experienced, you will be taught vocabulary, grammar, culture, pragmatics, etc. together and not separately. You will not be doing any fill in the blanks drill exercises in class and you will not be talking about the form or structure of the language in English in class, rather, you will be engaged into it by stories, role-plays, etc. and you will be actively using the language. This requires a lot of group and partner work and a lot of communicating in the classroom and beyond. There will be no frontal lecture, but rather a student-centered environment. This method has been shown to be the most successful in the field of foreign language learning and teaching (Hampel & Huack, 2004). Learning Objectives (in alignment with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012): Speaking (novice low-novice mid): Students will be able to: - communicate short messages on everyday topics using isolated words and phrases they have encountered in role plays, partner work, and group work -

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