German 101First Semester German – Fall 2017Instructor:Sara Lee Office: LL 173 J Office hours:M 10:30-11.30,Email: [email protected]W 10:30-11:30Office phone: (480) 965 2129Department phone: (480) 965-6281____________________________________________________________________________________________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 DescriptionIn this course you will learn to speak and understand German, as well as read and write at an introductory level. The primary goal of GER 101 is to help you develop your ability to communicate in German using a variety of tools. You will learn to ask and answer questions; name and describe persons, things, places, and events; negotiate everyday situations; narrate orally and in writing; write letters and postcards; fill out forms; and comprehend short texts. You will also expand your knowledge of the different cultures of the German-speaking countries. If you have prior knowledge of the language and culture, we hope you will contribute frequently to class activities and share your knowledge with all.German 101 is a four-credit hybrid course that meets for 75 minutes in the classroom on Monday and Wednesday and has an additional one-credit hour online /out of the classroom component.This online component is NOT optional or part of the regular homework; it is the fourth hour for which you are receiving credit. The fourth credit hour consists of weekly projects and tasks assigned by your instructor.Expect to spend at least 1-2 hours each day studying German outside the classroom completing written homework, reviewing grammar structures, reading, and building your vocabulary. The amount of time depends on various individual factors such as linguistic aptitude, motivation, studying habits, interest in German language and culture, etc. Ask me fortips on how to study effectively.Goals and Methods:Our approach to teaching and learning a foreign language is guided by the main goal: achieving successful communication with German speakers in oral and written form using a holistic approach to language. Therefore, unlike other language teaching and learning methods you may have previously experienced, you will be taught vocabulary, grammar, culture, pragmatics, etc. simultaneously and not in separate units. There will be no fill-in-the-blanks drill exercises in class, no detailed grammar explanations in English. Instead, you will be engaged into communicating in German by way of stories, role-plays, reading texts and audio material, etc. You will be using German constantly from day one in oral and written form. This requires a lot of group and partner work and a lot of communicative exercises in the classroom and beyond. There will be no traditional lecture, but rather a student-centered learning environment. This method has been shown to be the most successful in foreign language learning.