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

Maggie S Gemmell

M.A. Germanic Studies - Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin

Assistant Instructor, Ph.D. Candidate

Contact

  • Phone: (512) 471-5665
  • Office: BUR 382
  • Office Hours: Wed. 9-10am
  • Campus Mail Code: C3300

Biography

Maggie speaking at SOU

Interests

Metaphor, Politeness, Lexical Semantics, Conversation Analysis, Foreign Language Pedagogy

GER 506 • First-Year German I

38330 • Spring 2014
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).

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

38460 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 1100am-100pm JES A303A
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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 612 • Accel Sec-Yr Ger: Read Mod Ger

38065 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 100pm-300pm RLM 6.112
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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

37935 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 800am-1000am ENS 145
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Course Description

German 604 is first year, accelerated course for students with a) no prior knowledge of German, or b) no more than one year of high school German, or c) authorization from the German Department based on your UT German Placement Test performance. See your instructor if you are in this course for any other reason. In this course you will begin to learn to comprehend and speak German with good accuracy provided you prepare thoroughly outside of class and take an active part in class. In class you will learn to use German to ask and answer questions; name and describe persons, things, places, and events; deal with a variety of situations; narrate orally and in writing; write letters and postcards; fill out forms; and comprehend a variety of texts. The pace will be intense, and you will need dedication and motivation to succeed.

Grading Policy

a) 4 fifty-minute chapter exams = 40%. Each exam focuses on two or more chapters but will reiterate material from prior ones as well. Each exam tests writing, reading, listening comprehension & grammatical accuracy. There is no final exam during the final exam period in GER 604 because all tests that you take are cumulative. b) 1 oral examination = 10%. The oral exam, worth 10%, will be conducted after Kapitel 10. Your instructor will administer the exams outside of class time. The best preparation for this test is regular and active participation in class. c) Brief quizzes = 15%. Quizzes can be announced or unannounced. You may not make up missed quizzes but I will drop your two lowest quiz scores. d) Class participation = 15%. This portion of your grade will be based on your daily preparation and performance (i.e., speaking German in class). e) Written homework = 20%. Homework is due on the assigned date; any assignments turned in a day late will be accepted with a penalty. No homework can be turned in for credit after that.

Texts

Robert Di Donato, Monica Clyde, Jacqueline Vensant: Deutsch: Na klar! An Introductory German Course (Student Edition). 6th Edition. McGraw-Hill.

GER 507 • First-Year German II

37910 • Spring 2012
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 612 • Accel Sec-Yr Ger: Read Mod Ger

37995 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 100pm-300pm JES A303A
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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 507 • First-Year German II

37760 • Fall 2010
Meets MW 300pm-400pm JES A307A
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Course Description

Welcome to German 507! It is a 2nd semester course that continues where GER 506 left off. If you earned an A or B in 506, you have a good foundation for GER 507. If you earned a C, you have some deficiencies you need to address. There is a review period during at the beginning of the semester, and you should use it to full advantage. If you earned a D in GER 506, you are not eligible to take this course. If you did not take GER 506 at UT, see your instructor soon; you will need to familiarize yourself with the material covered in GER 506. As GER 506, this course also emphasizes equally listening, speaking, reading and writing. The primary goal of instruction in 507 is to help you develop your ability to communicate in German. German 507 is a five-credit course that meets Mondays through Thursdays. How much time you should spend studying outside of class depends on a number of individual factors such as your linguistic aptitude, self-discipline, your desire to learn a foreign language, etc. You should, on average, plan to spend at least 1-2 hours each day studying German: completing written homework, reviewing, reading, and building your vocabulary. Your instructor can offer some tips on how to study effectively.

Grading Policy

All German 507 students are evaluated according to the same criteria: A. 5 chapter exams = 50% B. 2 Oral examinations = 10% Each oral exam is worth 5% of your grade. The first one will be administered during the first half of the semester, the second one during the second half of the semester. The best preparation for these exams is regular and active participation in class. The more you participate in class, the more fluently you will speak. C. Brief Quizzes = 15% These quizzes are given in class and can be announced or unannounced. D. Class participation and homework = 25% This grade includes participation and attendance (5%), hand-in homework, attendance at the German Film Series (at least twice / semester), assignments from the Kurspaket, the WebQuests, from Grimm Grammar, etc. (15%).

There is no final exam during the final exam period in GER 507 due to the cumulative nature of all of the tests you take. If you show up late for a test, you will still have to finish the test at the same time as the other students. If you do not show up for an exam without having obtained permission from your instructor in advance of the test, you will not receive any credit for the test. Emergencies that can be substantiated to the satisfaction of your instructor will be treated as exceptions. There are no Incompletes given in German 506.

Texts

Deutsch im Blick (2008). Kurspaket (combined textbook & workbook) Available for purchase at IT Copy (512 MLK Boulevard; 476-6662). The video clips can be found at: http://tltc.la.utexas.edu/dib (If you find any links that don't work, please report them to Dr. Per Urlaub at urlaub@mail.utexas.edu, Dr. Abrams at zsabrams@mail.utexas.edu). Grimm Grammar is the grammar portion of the online program. The topics you need to learn are included in each chapter of your Kurspaket, and can be reached through the GG homepage at: http://tltc.la.utexas.edu/gg

GER 507 • First-Year German II

37970 • Spring 2010
Meets MW 800-900 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 507 • First-Year German II

38340 • Fall 2009
Meets MW 100pm-200pm 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

84250 • Summer 2009
Meets MTWTH 830-1130 RLM 5.112
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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

37350 • Spring 2009
Meets MW 1000-1100 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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