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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 312K • Second-Year German I

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38000 to 38015 Multiple Sections

Course Description

Welcome to German 312K! German 312K is a third semester course for students who have completed GER 507 at UT Austin (with a grade C or better) or who have been advised to take it as a result of the UT German Placement Exam. This course continues where GER 507 left off. The course will help you develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and strategies with activities both inside and outside of class. It will also guide you further into learning about the cultures of the German-speaking countries. German 312K is a three-credit course that meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Grading Policy

All German 312K students are evaluated according to the same criteria: A. 45% - 3 fifty-minute tests based on Stationen chapters and readings. Each test is 15% of the final grade. B. 20% - Quizzes. Regular quizzes will accompany the texts we read and the topics from Anders gedacht. Some of these quizzes will be in-class, pencil & paper quizzes, while others may be posted in Blackboard and you must complete them before coming to class on the day we discuss the materials. C. 20% - Class participation & Homework. This grade will include participation and attendance, hand-in homework, and other assignments. Be prepared to volunteer in class during every meeting. Homework is due on the day indicated; no late homework will be accepted. DAILY PREVIEW AND REVIEW OF THE MATERIALS OF THE CURRENT CHAPTER IS MANDATORY. D. 15% - Text reactions. During the semester you have to write three text reaction papers in German, each 1-2 pages long. In each reaction paper, summarize the materials we interacted with, incorporate what you learn during in-class discussions and your homework assignments. Describe how the texts relate to your experiences; compare the main arguments or themes in the stories to similar topics in the United States.

There is no final exam during the final exam period in GER 312K due to the cumulative nature of language learning. Each written test is 50 minutes long. The tests start and end for all students at the same time. Even if you show up late for a test, you have to finish it at the same time as the other students. If you fail to show up for an exam without prior permission from your instructor, you will not receive credit for the test. Emergencies that can be substantiated to the satisfaction of your instructor will be treated as exceptions. There are no Incompletes given in German 506.


(1) Prisca Augustyn & Nikolaus Euba (2008). Stationen: Ein Kursbuch für die Mittelstufe. Thomson-Heinle. (2) Prisca Augustyn & Nikolaus Euba (2008). Workbook/Lab Manual for Stationen: Ein Kursbuch für die Mittelstufe. Thomson-Heinle. (3) Zsuzsanna Abrams (2008). Grimm Grammar. Texas Language Technology Center. We will not use this e-learning environment in the classroom, but you may want to use it to review grammatical aspects of the German language.


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