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Ryan Dux

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Biography

I am a Ph.D. student in the Germanic Studies department. My main area of research involves applying principles of Frame Semantics to questions about the syntax-semantic interface and (cross-linguistic) issues in verb descriptivity. I am also interested in historical linguistics, lexicography, and language pedagogy.

Interests

Syntax, Semantics, Historical Linguistics, Grammatical Change, Language Pedagogy, German-American Dialects

GER N612 • Accel Sec-Yr Ger: Read Mod Ger

84925 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1200pm ENS 116
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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

37940 • Spring 2012
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 507 • First-Year German II

37975 • Fall 2011
Meets MW 300pm-400pm 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).

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