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

Fall 2009

GER 507 • First-Year German II

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38335 to 38345 Multiple Sections JES A307A

Course Description

German 507 is a 2nd semester course, and it 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 the first two weeks of the semester, and you should use it to full advantage. If you earned a D in GER 506, you are, unfortunately, not eligible to take this course. You must retake GER 506 if you wish to continue in the German program. If you did not take GER 506 at UT Austin, 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.

Grading Policy

All German 507 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 507 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 11. 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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