GERMAN 231 - Second-Year Course
Section: 005
Term: WN 2019
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
Credits:
4
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 230, 221, or RCLANG 291.
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
GERMAN 102 or 103 and assignment by placement test.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

By this point in your career as a German student, you're ready to do some really interesting, fun and challenging things. This course combines an intensive review of basic grammar with more advanced practice in the four basic language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. You will engage with an online grammar consisting of explanations, lots of fun examples, practice and "diagnostic exercises.”

In the first month, you will take a "Gateway Vocabulary Test" on a list of 584 of the most common German words and phrases to provide you with a solid vocabulary base. To help you study, an identical version of the test will be available to take online as often as you wish.

Feature films, video clips, texts and other course materials will cover a variety of topics ranging from popular culture, contemporary social issues and history to music, art, and geography. You will read two short novels edited for language learners. The first is Kafka's Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis), in which Gregor Samsa awakes one morning to find himself transformed in his bed into an enormous bug. The second is Thomas Brussig’s Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee, based on a popular movie about growing up and falling in love in former East Germany shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The course website will provide you with extensive explanatory notes and vocabulary glosses. You will have a number of free-choice Abenteuer mit Deutsch assignments, in which you are encouraged to do something auf Deutsch that you really enjoy and then write about it for the instructor and your fellow students.

By the end of the course, you should be able to survive without using English in a German-speaking country, and have enough conversational skills to meet people and enjoy yourself. You will be prepared to pursue your own specific interests in German 232 (a themed course that you will choose) and beyond.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements include daily homework assignments (reading, writing short responses as well as longer essays, learning vocabulary, practicing grammar, watching movies etc.), regular attendance and participation (these are crucial), quizzes, and tests (including the Gateway Vocabulary Test and two informal oral tests). Instead of a final examination, students will work in groups to produce short videos, which will be screened on the last days of classes. A $200 prize is awarded each semester for the best final video from all sections of German 221/231.

GERMAN 231 - Second-Year Course
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
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11502
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TuWThF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
002 (REC)
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18171
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TuWThF 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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11503
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TuWThF 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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21189
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TuWThF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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24967
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TuTh 7:00PM - 9:00PM
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