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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 312L • Second-Year German II

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38020 to 38045 Multiple Sections

Course Description

Welcome to German 312L! 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 improve your skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking German with activities both inside and outside of class. German 312L is a three-credit course that meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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. B. 20% - Quizzes. Regular quizzes will accompany the texts we read. Some will be in-class quizzes, and others will be posted in Blackboard and must be completed before coming to class on the day we discuss the texts. C. 20% - Class participation & Homework. 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% - 3 essays/text reactions and analyses. Each essay must be typed, 1.5-2 pages (ca. 350-500 words) with 1 inch margins, size 12 font. In the essay you should briefly summarize one of the texts you read in class, then make connections to your own experiences (e.g., explore different behavior or attitudes, but be careful not to overgeneralize). You might want to critique a character or the events of the story. Please proof-read your essay before turning it in. The essay should be coherent, well-argued and thoughtful. Pay attention to correct spelling and grammar. DO NOT USE ONLINE TRANSLATORS; they come up with really strange essays, and you will receive a grade of zero for the assignment.

There is no final exam during the final exam period due to the cumulative nature of all of the tests you take. Each 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 any exam at the appointed time without having obtained permission from your instructor prior to 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 312K.


1) Motyl-Mudretzkyj & Späinghaus Anders gedacht (textbook, workbook ,CD) Houghton Mifflin 2005 (2) 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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