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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 331L • Advanced Conversation and Composition

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38055 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
BEN 1.102

Course Description

There are two central goals of this course: the first is to become familiar with the prominent discourses today in contemporary Germany and second, to gain both spoken and written command of the language. The course will be conducted in German. The material, film music, poetry and print media, will be discussed in detail in relation to post-wall German culture, society, politics, and memory culture. Though these themes you will establish "Assoziationsfelder" that will help you to expand your vocabulary. The second goal of the course is to increase your level of accuracy in both speaking and writing German. At the beginning of the semester we will occasionally review "patterns" of the group's mistakes in essay writing. You will be expected to speak and write consciously using the grammatical structures as they are reviewed in class and to add increasingly sophisticated and complex elements to your conversation and essays. The written essays required for the course are intended to give you practice in using the language with greater accuracy and at a higher register in speaking as well.

Grading Policy

Participation 25%. In-class debates 30%. Short writing assignments 25%. Final Test 20%.

Plus/Minus Grades will be assigned for the final grade. Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259.


Most of the reading material is available online. It is expected that you read the online texts and bring a printed version to each respective class. The Youtube videos should be watched multiple times and students should bring questions pertaining to the material viewed. However, extra material will be accessible through Blackboard. A German-English dictionary will be indispensable.


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