According to the 1990 U.S. census, more Americans - 57.9 million - claim some degree of German ancestry or ethnic origin than any other group. This accounts for 17% of the total population.** Come explore our Germanic roots!
Designed for students with no previous experience in the language. Focuses on communicative skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Includes high frequency vocabulary, basic constructions, common phrases, and cultural aspects. Also stresses student participation in skills development. GER 111 is strongly recommended for oral fluency especially for students transferring to four-year institutions.
Course Learning Outcomes 1. Accurately produce understandable simple sentences in German using the present tense. 2. Write understandable sentences in German using the correct word spelling and diacritical marks. 3. Accurately express simple social greetings and courtesies in German. 4. Answer questions after listening to German-spoken narrative, dialogue, or conversation. 5. Answer questions concerning a specific reading passage. 6. Identify basic facts and cultural traditions associated with Germany.
Continuation of GER 101 with emphasis on basic language skills for communication and on cultural aspects to promote understanding and appreciation of German culture.
Prerequisite: GER 101 or one year high school German or equivalent.
Course Learning Outcomes 1. Produce correct sentences in German using the past tense. 2. Accurately ask and respond in German to questions dealing with scheduling and describing daily activities. 3. Answer questions after listening to German-spoken narrative, dialogue, or conversation. 4. Answer questions concerning a specific reading passage. 5. Identify facts and cultural traditions associated with Germany.
Intensive participation in the spoken language to develop and improve oral fluency in conversation, especially for students transferring to four-year institutions.
Course Learning Outcomes 1. Produce understandable simple sentences using basic phonetic sounds in the German language. 2. Create grammatically correct sentences in German using the present tense. 3. Accurately respond in German to questions dealing with one or more of the following: personal information, likes and dislikes, daily activities, simple social greetings and courtesies, or weather. 4. Identify celebrations and cultural traditions associated with Germany.
Communication skills in German for students with foundational experience in the language. Cultural topics are included in the development of practical language skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.
Prerequisite(s): GER 102, or successful completion of high school German 4, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Course Learning Outcomes 1. Accurately ask in German (or respond to) questions dealing with past, present, or future events. 2. Write grammatically correct sentences in German using compound verb tenses and relative clauses. 3. Present an oral report in German with information contained in newspapers or other mass-market publications. 4. Answer questions in German concerning a specific reading passage. 5. Identify cultural traditions associated with German-speaking countries.
This course is designed to provide the opportunity to see and experience the richness of a German-speaking country through the unique experience of travel. The core part of this course will be a stay in the country, with visits to the main cities and cultural centers. Class meetings prior to the trip will focus on topics that will help the student prepare for the experience, and meetings after the trip will provide a time for debriefing, reporting, evaluation and assimilation. The student is expected to complete ten tasks during his/her stay, make an oral presentation, and prepare a portfolio of the trip. This portfolio can be a personal journal, photo display, video recording, or a combination thereof. Offered Intersession, Spring and Summer Semesters.
Course Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the political and economic systems today in the country of destination, and compare it to the American systems. 2. Identify the celebrations and holidays in the country's calendar, and the cultural traditions associated with birth, marriage, friendship, social interaction and death. 3. Demonstrate basic proficiency in the understanding and use of the German language by successfully greeting others, ordering food at a restaurant, and using basic local services like transportation, mail and telephone. 4. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural differences and cultural blending by successfully resolving cultural conflicts while living on location. 5. Name, distinguish and explain the main features of the different periods in the country's history.