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

Spring 2010

GER 389K.6 • German Rhetoric and Stylistics - CANCELLED

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38140 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
BUR 232

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the basics of rhetoric and style in written and spoken German. Our ultimate objective in the class is to improve our use of written and spoken German. We will pursue this in four ways. We will (1) work with an advanced grammar text that includes written exercises for the advanced usage of German grammatical elements (Schade); (2) study prescriptions for good style and an overview of various rhetorical genres and their components; (3) examine various examples of sophisticated written and spoken German; and (4) apply the lessons and strategies acquired from readings and exercises to the production of spoken and written German in essays and oral presentations.

(1) All exercises and readings should be completed by the day assigned on the syllabus. Participants should come to class prepared to go over answers to assigned exercises and discuss the main points of the textbook reading assignment(s). (2) There will be approximately four quizzes on both the grammatical exercises and vocabulary elements such as idiomatic phrases scheduled throughout the semester. (3) The written work for the course will consist of five written essays (beginning with 2 pages in length and eventually reaching 5 pages) (12 pts. times new roman, 1.5 line spacing, 1.25" margins - please hand in hard copy in class). Since this is a skills course rather than a seminar with substantive area content, the subject matter for these essays is completely up to each participant. The essays may be based on previous written work as long as they are stylistically and rhetorically revised and improved. (4) Each student will make four oral presentations (2 5-minute and 2 10-minute talks) on topics of student's choice. These can cover the same topics as the written essays, but should be made using notes only (i.e. not read aloud).

Grading Policy

Participation and homework: 20% Quizzes: 20% Five papers (2-5 pages): 30% Four oral presentations: 30%


Schade, Günter (2002): Einführung in die deutsche Sprache der Wissenschaften: Ein Lehrbuch für Ausländer. Course Packet on Electronic Reserves (


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