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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 218 • Practice in Spoken German

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38395 MW
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
BUR 232

Course Description

The course is designed to cover vocabulary and improve the students' basic facility with spoken and written German. It helps them to participate fully in classes where German is the language of instruction. Several methods of vocabulary building lead the students to an active control of the language and ease in expressing themselves in German. Review of grammar will be limited to specific points requested by class members Tests will be given at bi- or tri-weekly intervals. There is no final exam for this course. The class period uses a core lesson plan (see syllabus) that I hope will serve everyone's needs and provide a consistent, predictable approach that allows students to prepare for class. I request that you take notes in class on key words and related concepts. I may collect these notes occasionally at the end of class hours and return them next hour with notations about anything you missed or misunderstood.

German 310, German 312K or the equivalent. With consent of the undergraduate adviser, may be taken concurrently with German 312K or the equivalent.

Grading Policy

Class Participation 20% Class notes 5% Homework & Essays 10% Quizzes 60% Interview 5% Evaluation: Class Participation counts for 20% of the grade. Understand that you are expected to be in class regularly, be well prepared and participate actively and voluntarily. Preparing homework assignments is necessary to enable you to perform in and thereby contribute to the class. Absences: Limit of 3; additional absences will affect your final grade. This, like tennis, is also a practice class. Late work -5% per day. Participation grading profile: A= very well prepared; volunteers consistently, often and productively. B=well prepared; volunteers consistently but only 2-3 times per class. C=sometimes not prepared; generally participates only when called on. D=often unprepared to participate, costs class time. F= not prepared; disinterested.


Class package (Paradigm). Recommended: any good German-English Dictionary or Wahrig: Deutsches W├Ârterbuch.


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