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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 506-H • First-Year German I-Honors section

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38310 MW
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
9:30 AM-11:00 AM

Course Description

Welcome to German 506 Honors! German 506 Honors 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. You will also engage intensively with the cultures of the German-speaking countries in an original portfolio that you and a partner develop throughout the semester, participate in discussions with professors on a range of relevant topics, and attend cultural events both at the University and in the local community. You will write short reflection papers on the activities you participate in to reflect on your experiences throughout the semester. German 506 Honors 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.

Grading Policy

All German 506 Honors 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 = 10% These quizzes are given in class and can be announced or unannounced. D. Class participation and homework = 20% This grade includes participation and attendance (5%), hand-in homework, attendance at at least two films in the German Film Series, attendance at two other cultural events during the semester, short reflection papers, assignments from the Kurspaket, WebQuests, exercises from Grimm Grammar, etc. (15%). E. Culture Portfolio = 10% During the semester you will do research with a partner on a topic relevant to the cultures of the German-speaking countires, chosen in consultation with the instructor. You will receive more detailed instructions on this project a couple of weeks into the semester. For now, start thinking about what topics you might like to explore. There is no final exam during the final exam period in GER 506 Honors 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 Honors. The letter grades will be broken down according to the following scale: A 93 - 100 % A- 90 - 92.9 % B+ 87 - 89.9 % B 83 - 86.9 % B- 80 – 82.9 % C+ 77 – 79.9 % C 73 – 76.9 % C- 70 – 72.9 % D+ 67 – 69.9 % D 63 – 66.9 % D- 60 – 62.9 % F 0 – 59.9 %


Deutsch im Blick (2008). Kurspaket (combined textbook & workbook) Available for purchase at IT Copy (512 MLK Boulevard; 476-6662). The video clips can be found at: (If you find any links that don't work, please report them to Dr. Abrams at Grimm Grammar is the grammar portion of the online program. The topics you need to learn are included in each chapter of your Kurspaket, and can be reached through the GG homepage at:


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