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Devon Donohue-Bergeler

M.A. in German Studies/Culture and Communication, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Graduate student, Foreign Language Education

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Biography

Devon Donohue-Bergeler earned a B.A. from Boston University and an M.A. from the Technische Universität Dresden in Germany. She has supported STEM field international students and scholars in both Dresden and Hamburg and was a trainee at the European Parliament in Luxembourg. Currently, she is an Assistant Instructor of German pursuing a PhD in foreign language education at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the UT Coordinator for the Texas State German Contest. Her research interests focus on aspects of second language acquisition in a study abroad setting and include experiential learning, motivation and intercultural learning.

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foreign language acquisition in a study abroad setting, experiential learning, motivation and inter-cultural learning

GER 507 • First-Year German II

38035 • Spring 2013
Meets MW 1200pm-100pm 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).

GER 506 • First-Year German I

37945 • Fall 2012
Meets MW 1100am-1200pm 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).

Publications

Bergeler, Elmar and Devon Donohue-Bergeler. “USA-Auswanderer — (Re)immigrants | Ein
interkulturelles deutsch-amerikanisches Blog — An intercultural German-American Blog.” 2011-
2012. Web. http://www.usa-auswanderer.de

Bergeler, Elmar and Devon Donohue-Bergeler (ed). “Science Niblets: The Science Behind Everyday
Topics.” and “English with Science Niblets.” 2011-2012. Web. http://www.science-niblets.org and http://www.science-niblets.org/teaching-english-in-science-content.html

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Donohue-Bergeler, Devon. “Beyond Sightseeing: The Learning Effects of Excursions within a Study
Abroad Context.” Neues Curriculum: Journal for Best Practices in Higher Education German
Studies, 2011. Web. http://www.neues-curriculum.org/n-c/?p=360

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Donohue-Bergeler, Devon. “Sprachkurs auf Rädern: Deutsch lernen bei einer Sightseeing-Fahrradtour in Berlin”. Neues Curriculum: Journal for Best Practices in Higher Education German Studies, 2011.
Web. http://www.neues-curriculum.org/n-c/?p=295

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Donohue-Bergeler, Devon. “Die Lerneffekte von Exkursionen im Rahmen eines Study-Abroad
Programms: Eine Fallstudie”. Qucosa-Recherchemodul, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, 2009. Web.
http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:14-qucosa-22834

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