German 102: Elementary German II

Kenneth E. Larson, Wells College, Spring, 2012

MWF 11:30-12:20; Tuesday.8:40-9:30;  Zabriskie 103
Office Hours: Wednesday 1.30-4.20 Macmillan 109
Office: 364-3305; Home: 364-8484
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Jan. 23  Review
Jan. 24  Review
Jan. 25  Review
Jan. 27  Kapitel 7

Jan. 30 
Jan. 31 
Feb. 1 
Feb. 3 

Feb. 6
Feb. 7  [Celebrating: Civil Rights]
Feb. 8 
Feb. 10 

Feb. 13  Test: Kapitel 7
Feb. 14  Kapitel 8
Feb. 15 
Feb. 17 

Feb. 20 
Feb. 21 
Feb. 22
Feb. 24

Feb. 27  Test: Kapitel 8
Feb. 28  Kapitel 9
Feb. 29 
March 2 

March 5 
March 6 
March 7 
March 9  [Celebrating: Activism]

March 12 
March 13 
March 14  Test: Kapitel 9
March 16  Kapitel 10

March 17-25 [Spring Break]

March 26 
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March 28 
March 30 

April 2 
April 3
April 4  [Celebrating: Imagination]
April 6

April 9  Test: Kapitel 10
April 10  Kapitel 11
April 11 
April 13 

April 16 
April 17 
April 18
April 20

April 23  [Celebrating: Sustainability]
April 24 
April 25  Test: Kapitel 11
April 27  Kapitel 12

April 30 
May 1 
May 2 
May 4 

May 7 
May 8 
May 9   Test: Kapitel 12
May 11 Review for Final Exam

May 17, 9 a.m. - 12:00 noon:  Final Exam

Goals: The Wells College Catalog description of German 101, 102 is: "Development of all four communication skills in German: speaking, understanding, reading, and writing. Essentials of grammar, basic vocabulary, practice speaking and writing German,. Information on current social and cultural issues of German-speaking countries."  German 101 and 102 are two halves of a single year-long course. By the end of 102 you should reach a basic level of competence in the language, one that will allow you to interact with native speakers on a simple level, to read simple texts and get the general meaning of more complex texts, and to make yourself understood in simple writing.You will also better appreciate the cultures of German-speaking countries and, by comparison, U.S. culture. In the same way, learning another language will provide a new perspective on your native language.

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Expectations of class attendance: This is an interactive, communicative course that is based heavily on classroom interaction and practice. Daily class attendance is essential. Make every effort to attend every class. If you have an athletic, musical, Model UN, or other engagement that will prevent you from attending class please let me know in advance. If you miss class without having made prior arrangements be sure to work with another class member to go over what we did in class. It is always advisable (and fair to your fellow students) to come to class prepared. But even if for some reason you are not able to prepare as much as you want, just come to class. That alone will help. Note that this is a four-credit, four-day-a-week class. The Tuesday session is a regular class period like the Monday, Wednesday, Friday sessions.

Expectations of work outside class: Learning a language is like training for a sport or learning a musical instrument: all require intense daily practice. You should plan on spending two hours a day outside the classroom between each class (i.e. between Monday and Tuesday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Wednesday and Friday, Friday and Monday). Read that sentence again. Yes, two hours. If you find that you are spending less than two hours on German between classes you are probably not using all of the online and printed resources to full advantage or practicing listening and speaking as much as you should. Even though 101, 102 language classes are called "elementary" many students find that they are among the hardest classes they will ever take in college. Mark out study time between classes in advance and keep to it.

Study tip: Languages are social. Study with a friend. Read the dialogues together. Talk to each other in German. Do the exercises in the textbook together. Quiz each other on vocabulary.Study together for the chapter tests and final.

Tests and final exam: examine the syllabus closely at the beginning of the semester and plan accordingly. It is essential not to miss scheduled tests. If something comes up that will force you to miss a scheduled test be certain to contact me in advance. If you are too sick to take a test and too sick to call or email me before class be sure to have your roommate or a friend contact me before class time. Except in extreme cases there will be no make-up on a missed exam if you have not let me know in advance that you cannot take it.

Honor Code: Unlike class preparation and practice, where collaboration is encouraged, all quizzes and tests are to be done by yourself alone with no helps (books, notes, Internet, etc.). The Honor Code is fundamental to Wells College.

Students with disabilities: If you have a physical, sensory, health, cognitive, or mental health disability that could limit your ability to participate fully in this class, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Learning Support Services to discuss accommodations that will help you succeed. Your conversations with members of the office are confidential; they will not supply details of your disability to anyone without your permission. Do understand that Learning Support Services will need to notify your faculty about accommodations that you might need and that are supported by your disability documentation. The  Learning Support Services office is on the middle (main) floor of the library, near the Writing Center. An appointment sign-up sheet is in the central reception area. Their telephone at the beginning of the semester is 3401; sometime soon it will be 3432.

Grades: Grades are based 8% on class attendance and participation, 15% daily Quia homework assignments, 5% additional written homework assignments, 54% on chapter tests, and 18% on the final exam.

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