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Kit Belgum, Chair 2505 University Avenue, Burdine Hall 336, Mailcode C3300, Austin TX 78712-1802 • 512-471-4123

Amanda Ziemba Randall

M.A. in cultural anthropology, Rice University

Ph.D. Candidate; Assistant Instructor

Contact

  • Phone: 512-471-5665
  • Office: Burdine 378
  • Office Hours: Thursday, 1-2pm and by appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: C3300

Interests

comparative Germanophone cultural studies, 19th-21st-century Germanophone literature, intellectual history, history of science, ethnography, translation studies, film studies, foreign language pedagogy

GER 612 • Accel Sec-Yr Ger: Read Mod Ger

37935 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 1100am-100pm SAC 5.102
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Course Description

German 612 is an intensive intermediate German course that builds on language abilities acquired in German 506-507 (or equivalent). With a content-based approach to language instruction, the course helps students not only to review and expand their German language abilities, but also to develop these within a meaningful context that supports the development of specific content knowledge – in this case, German urban culture. Each chapter focuses on a German or Austrian city, allowing students to get to know different ways of life and cultural phenomena tied to specific places. As students visit these different Stationen, they will have the opportunity to regularly reflect on the course’s two overarching and interlocking themes of identity and culture. Students will explore what these concepts mean against the backdrop of such topics as: geography, history, literature, demographics, education, media, pop culture, film, music, art, and architecture. Authentic texts representing a number of genres (especially popular film) will be used to enrich students’ developing content knowledge of the German-speaking world.

The communicative approach to language learning that we take in this course focuses on learning to use German language forms, i.e., grammar and vocabulary, in meaningful contexts across both spoken and written genres. The course aims to develop students’ ability to interpret (not merely read or listen), communicate (not merely give and receive information), and perform (not merely write or speak) in German. In other words, the course will help students to become literate users of the German language. To this end, students of German 612 are expected to take on greater involvement in their own learning than they have in their beginning-level German language classes. Class activities (from class discussions to group projects) will require collaborative and cooperative learning on the part of all class members.

Please note that this accelerated course requires that students commit approximately 60-120 minutes per weekday (not per class day) to homework and studying outside of class. Students not able to make this commitment over the entire span of the upcoming semester should consider taking German 612 during a semester that allows them to focus fully on the language. 

Required Texts:

  1. Prisca Augustyn & Nikolaus Euba (2012). Stationen: Ein Kursbuch für die Mittelstufe. Second Edition. Thomson-Heinle.
  2. Prisca Augustyn & Nikolaus Euba (2012). Student Activities Manual for Stationen: Ein Kursbuch für die Mittelstufe. Second Edition. Thomson-Heinle.

Grading Policy

Students’ progress in the class will be assessed during the semester across the following categories:

  1. Class participation assessed weekly (10%)
  2. Daily homework (20%)
  3. Structured reflections in which students reflect on learning experiences (5%)
  4. Short writing tasks with multiple drafts (20%)
  5. Three chapter tests assessing grammar and vocabulary (25%)
  6. Quizzes targeting vocabulary (10%)
  7. Final oral exam done in pairs (10%)

Opportunities for extra credit are available. There are no incompletes given in German 506.

GER 604 • Accelerated First-Year German

37925 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 800am-1000am ENS 145
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Course Description

German 604, a first year, accelerated German course, is designed for students with: (a) no prior knowledge of German, (b) no more than one year of high school German, or (c) authorization from the Department of Germanic Studies based on your UT German Placement Test performance.

German 604 introduces students to the language and culture of the modern German-speaking world. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with most basic structures of the German language and will have developed basic cultural knowledge about the German-speaking world. As vocabulary and grammar sophistication grow, students will become increasingly proficient at expressing their thoughts, feelings, and opinions on a variety of subjects related to everyday life. To this aim, each lesson centers on linguistic, communicative and cultural goals.

 

The functional communicative approach that we take in this course—and in the larger German program at UT—focuses on learning to use basic German language forms, i.e., grammar and vocabulary, in meaningful contexts in a variety of real-life situations and across spoken and written genres. To help students develop their ability to communicate effectively in German, they are expected to come prepared for class, use German, and actively participate in pair and group activities.

 

Please note that this accelerated course requires that students commit approximately 60-120 minutes per weekday (not per class day) to homework and studying outside of class. Students not able to make this commitment over the entire span of the upcoming semester should consider taking the two-semester first year sequence (German 506 and 507) or taking German 604 during a semester that allows them to focus fully on the language.

 

Required Texts:

  1. Course textbook: Deutsch: Na klar! An Introductory German Course (by Robert Di Donato), 6th Edition
  2. Deutsch: Na klar! Online Laboratory Manual, 6th Edition
  3. Deutsch: Na klar! Online Workbook, 6th Edition

 

Grading Policy

Students’ progress in the class will be assessed during the semester across the following categories:

 

 

  1. Class participation assessed weekly (10%)
  2. Homework: online and paper-and-pencil (25%)
  3. Structured reflections in which students reflect on learning experiences (5%)
  4. Short writing tasks with multiple drafts (15%)
  5. Six chapter tests assessing grammar and vocabulary (20%)
  6. Quizzes targeting vocabulary (15%)
  7. Final oral exam done in pairs (10%)

 

Opportunities for extra credit are available. There are no incompletes given in German 604. A grade of C or better is required to enroll in German 612 (i.e., a C- is not a passing grade).

 

GRC S311 • Movies Go To War, Wwi-Vietn

85120 • Summer 2011
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm BUR 208
(also listed as AMS S315C, C L S305, EUS S307 )
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This course will introduce some of the most famous war films, and some less familiar ones, from the US and Europe-- from Grand Illusion through Saving Private Ryan.   Each war has developed its own kinds of war movies, from World Wars I and II, through the Korean police action, and the Vietnam conflict. 

These films will  be used to introduce how to “read” films as part of cultural history and think critically about their content.  Scenes from each war will be compared to the "real history" behind the film, to pose questions about how history  can be written and rewritten in films.    Take a trip through cinematic battlefields, to see how films have helped their audiences think about the roles of the world's superpowers in world contexts!

Topics to be addressed include:

                                    -cultural stereotypes of heroes, villains, and victims

                                    -different countries’ takes on the same war experience (Stalingrad, Enemy at the Gate)

                                    -adaptations (book to film= King Rat, play to film = Hart’s War)

                                    -the politics of war films

                                    -rewriting history through war movies

                                    -anti-war films

                                    -documentary, docu-drama

                                    -how to read point of view and cultural perspectives out of movies.

Readings: 

James Monaco, Nick Drjuchin (Illustrator), David Lindroth (Illustrator).  How To Read a Film: Book (3rd ed.) and DVD-ROM.  Harbor Electronic Publishing; 2000;  ISBN: 0966974492

Text on twentieth century history (TBD)

Films  to be viewed outside of class;  some with text analogues for reading

Fact sheets on each film

 

Assignments and grading:

40% completion of  online quizzes that correspond to issues in class

30% each-midterm and final -- short answer/identification plus essay

GER 507 • First-Year German II

38110 • Spring 2011
Meets MW 1100am-1200pm JES A307A
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Course Description

German 507, a second-semester German course, continues instruction begun in German 506. (Note: If you have prior knowledge of German and did not take GER 506, you must take a placement test before taking classes at UT.) By the end of German 507, students will be familiar with most basic structures of the German language and will have developed basic cultural knowledge about the German-speaking world. As vocabulary and grammar sophistication grow, students will become increasingly proficient at expressing their thoughts, feelings, and opinions on a variety of subjects related to everyday life. To this aim, each lesson centers on linguistic, communicative and cultural goals.

The functional communicative approach that we take in this course—and in the larger German program at UT—focuses on learning to use basic German language forms, i.e., grammar and vocabulary, in meaningful contexts in a variety of real-life situations and across spoken and written genres. To help students develop their ability to communicate effectively in German, they are expected to come prepared for class, use German, and actively participate in pair and group activities. Students should expect to spend two hours studying for each class period in order to keep up with the pace of the class.

Required Texts:

  1. Course textbook: Deutsch: Na klar! An Introductory German Course (by Robert Di Donato), 6th Edition
  2. Deutsch: Na klar! Online Laboratory Manual, 6th Edition
  3. Deutsch: Na klar! Online Workbook, 6th Edition

Grading Policy

Students’ progress in the class will be assessed during the semester across the following categories:

  1. Class participation assessed weekly (10%)
  2. Homework: online and paper-and-pencil (25%)
  3. Short writing tasks with multiple drafts (15%)
  4. Three chapter tests assessing grammar and vocabulary (25%)
  5. Reading journals (5%)
  6. Quizzes targeting vocabulary (10%)
  7. Final oral exam done in pairs (10%)

Opportunities for extra credit are available. There are no incompletes given in German 506. A grade of C or better is required to enroll in German 612 (i.e., a C- is not a passing grade).

GRC 311 • Movies Go To War, Wwi-Vietn

38000 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 300pm-400pm BUR 216
(also listed as AMS 315C )
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The Movies Go to War, From World War I to Desert Storm 

 This course will introduce some of the most famous war films, and some less familiar ones, from the US and Europe-- from Grand Illusion through Saving Private Ryan.   Each war has developed its own kinds of war movies, from World Wars I and II, through the Korean police action, and the Vietnam conflict. 

 These films will  be used to introduce how to “read” films as part of cultural history and think critically about their content.  Scenes from each war will be compared to the "real history" behind the film, to pose questions about how history  can be written and rewritten in films.    Take a trip through cinematic battlefields, to see how films have helped their audiences think about the roles of the world's superpowers in world contexts! 

 Topics to be addressed include:

  -cultural stereotypes of heroes, villains, and victims

  -different countries and their  takes on the same war experience

  -the politics of war films

  -rewriting history through war movies

  -anti-war films

  -documentary, docu-drama, mockumentary

  -how to read point of view and cultural perspectives out of movies.

GER 506 • First-Year German I

37950 • Spring 2010
Meets MW 900-1000 JES A305A
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Course Description

German 506, a first semester German course, assumes no prior knowledge of German. (Note: If you have prior knowledge of German, you must take a placement test before taking classes at UT.) German 506 introduces students to the language and culture of the modern German-speaking world. Every effort is made to present opportunities to use the language: for self-expression in everyday situations, for basic survival needs in German-speaking language communities, and for personal enjoyment. To this aim, lessons center on linguistic, communicative, and cultural goals.

The functional communicative approach that we take in this course—and in the larger German program at UT—focuses on learning to use basic German language forms, i.e., grammar and vocabulary, in meaningful contexts in a variety of real-life situations and across spoken and written genres. To help students develop their ability to communicate effectively in German, they are expected to come prepared for class, use German, and actively participate in pair and group activities. Students should expect to spend two hours studying for each class period in order to keep up with the pace of the class. 

Required Texts:

  1. Course textbook: Deutsch: Na klar! An Introductory German Course (by Robert Di Donato), 6th Edition
  2. Deutsch: Na klar! Online Laboratory Manual, 6th Edition
  3. Deutsch: Na klar! Online Workbook, 6th Edition

Grading Policy

Students’ progress in the class will be assessed during the semester across the following categories:

  1. Class participation assessed weekly (10%)
  2. Homework: online and paper-and-pencil (25%)
  3. Short writing tasks with multiple drafts (15%)
  4. Three chapter tests assessing grammar and vocabulary (20%)
  5. Structured reflections in which students reflect on learning experiences (5%)
  6. Quizzes targeting vocabulary (10%)
  7. Short collaborative video project (5%)
  8. Final oral exam done in pairs (10%)

Opportunities for extra credit are available. There are no incompletes given in German 506. A grade of C or better is required to enroll in German 507 (i.e., a C- is not a passing grade).

GER 506 • First-Year German I

38320 • Fall 2009
Meets MW 100pm-200pm JES A305A
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Course Description

German 506, a first semester German course, assumes no prior knowledge of German. (Note: If you have prior knowledge of German, you must take a placement test before taking classes at UT.) German 506 introduces students to the language and culture of the modern German-speaking world. Every effort is made to present opportunities to use the language: for self-expression in everyday situations, for basic survival needs in German-speaking language communities, and for personal enjoyment. To this aim, lessons center on linguistic, communicative, and cultural goals.

The functional communicative approach that we take in this course—and in the larger German program at UT—focuses on learning to use basic German language forms, i.e., grammar and vocabulary, in meaningful contexts in a variety of real-life situations and across spoken and written genres. To help students develop their ability to communicate effectively in German, they are expected to come prepared for class, use German, and actively participate in pair and group activities. Students should expect to spend two hours studying for each class period in order to keep up with the pace of the class. 

Required Texts:

  1. Course textbook: Deutsch: Na klar! An Introductory German Course (by Robert Di Donato), 6th Edition
  2. Deutsch: Na klar! Online Laboratory Manual, 6th Edition
  3. Deutsch: Na klar! Online Workbook, 6th Edition

Grading Policy

Students’ progress in the class will be assessed during the semester across the following categories:

  1. Class participation assessed weekly (10%)
  2. Homework: online and paper-and-pencil (25%)
  3. Short writing tasks with multiple drafts (15%)
  4. Three chapter tests assessing grammar and vocabulary (20%)
  5. Structured reflections in which students reflect on learning experiences (5%)
  6. Quizzes targeting vocabulary (10%)
  7. Short collaborative video project (5%)
  8. Final oral exam done in pairs (10%)

Opportunities for extra credit are available. There are no incompletes given in German 506. A grade of C or better is required to enroll in German 507 (i.e., a C- is not a passing grade).

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