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

Fall 2009

GER 506 • First-Year German I

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38305 to 38330 Multiple Sections JES A305A

Course Description

German 506 is a first semester 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 read, listen, write and speak German. 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. You will also expand your knowledge of the cultures of the German-speaking countries. We hope you will be willing to contribute to the class discussions what you already know.

GER 506 is designed for students who have never studied German before.

Grading Policy

All German 506 students are evaluated according to the same criteria: A. 4 fifty-minute chapter exams = 40% There is no final exam during the final exam period in GER 506 due to the cumulative nature of all of the tests you take. All chapter exams are 50 minutes long. B. Oral examination = 10% The oral exam is worth 10% of your grade and will be administered during Kapitel 5. The best preparation for this test is regular and active participation in class. The more you participate in class, the better and more fluently you will speak. C. Brief Quizzes = 20% D. Class participation and homework = 25% This grade includes participation and attendance (10%), hand-in homework, assignments from the textbook, workbook, lab manual, etc. (15%). E. Reading log = 5%. After each text you read, you need to write a journal entry that reflects on what you have read: what was new information for you? What was different from what you had thought before? In these entries, you should try to make connections to knowledge you have gained outside of German class (e.g., history, geography, politics, etc.), and to previous comments you made (after the 1st entry, of course). You are encouraged to write in German as much as possible, but you can use English as necessary.

The point of these entries is to make you a better reader, and to help develop your knowledge of the German-speaking countries. You need to use a notebook; on one side of the page you need to write your journal entry, on the other side you need to keep a log of useful phrases and expressions you learn from the texts.


Deutsch - Na Klar! (4th Edition) Di Donato, Clyde & Vansant. 2004. textbook packet (includes workbook, lab manual and a CD-Rom) the listening activities to the Laboratory Manual can be found at:


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