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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 312L • Second-Year German II

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38375 to 38380 Multiple Sections RAS 218

Course Description

German 312L is a fourth semester course for students who have completed GER 312K or 312V at UT Austin (with a grade C or better) or who have been advised to take it as a result of the AP Exam or UT German Placement Exam. This course continues where GER 312K left off. The course will help you develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills with activities both inside and outside of class.

Grading Policy

All German 312L students are evaluated according to the same criteria: A. 45% - 3 fifty-minute tests based on Anders gedacht chapters and readings. Each test is 15% of the final grade. There is no final exam during the final exam period in GER 312K due to the cumulative nature of language learning. 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 texts. 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 the day after it is assigned; no late homework will be accepted. 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 stories we read, incorporate what you learn during in-class discussions and your homework assignments. Describe how the texts relate to experiences you have had; compare the main arguments or themes in the stories to similar topics in the United States (e.g., education system, equal rights, parent-child conflicts, etc.).

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