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- Phone: 512-471-5665
- Office: BUR 378
- Campus Mail Code: C3300
GER 612 • Accel Sec-Yr Ger: Read Mod Ger
MWF 1100am-100pm SAC 5.102
Welcome to German 612! German 612 is a second-year accelerated 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 to further 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 612 is a six-credit course that meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
A. 40% - 4 fifty-minute tests based on “Stationen”-chapters and readings. Each test is 10% of the final grade.
B. 15% - Quizzes. Regular quizzes will accompany the texts we read and the topics from Stationen and/or assess your vocabulary learning. 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. 30% - 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% - Essay. During the semester you have to write three essays 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 612 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 612.
(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) Lab Audio CD's for Augustyn/Euba's Stationen: Kursbuch für die Mittelstufe, 1st Edition
Individual chapters and books for rent are available at www.ichapters.com.
(4) Additional materials distributed via Blackboard
GER 506 • First-Year German I
MW 1100am-1200pm JES A305A
Welcome to German 506! 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 how to read, listen, write and speak German. You will learn 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. German 506 meets for five hours Mondays - Thursdays. In addition, you should, on average, plan to spend at least 1-2 hours each day studying German: completing written homework, reviewing, reading, and building your vocabulary.
All German 506 students are evaluated according to the same criteria: A. 5 chapter exams = 50% B. 2 Oral examinations = 10% Each oral exam is worth 5% of your grade. The first one will be administered during the first half of the semester, the second one during the second half of the semester. The best preparation for these exams is regular and active participation in class. The more you participate in class, the more fluently you will speak. C. Brief Quizzes = 15% These quizzes are given in class and can be announced or unannounced. D. Class participation and homework = 25% This grade includes participation and attendance (5%), hand-in homework, attendance at the German Film Series (at least twice / semester), assignments from the Kurspaket, the WebQuests, from Grimm Grammar, etc. (15%). 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. If you show up late for a test, you will still have to finish the test at the same time as the other students. If you do not show up for an exam without having obtained permission from your instructor in advance of the test, you will not receive any 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.
Robert Di Donato, Monica Clyde, Jacqueline Vensant: Deutsch: Na klar! An Introductory German Course (Student Edition). 6th Edition. McGraw-Hill.