German (GER)

Academic Catalog: 2013–2014

  • Patricia Branstad (Visiting, 2013–2014)

We view culture in the broad, sociological sense of the word, not simply in the narrow sense of literature and the fine arts, and attempt, at all levels, to develop in our students an understanding of as many aspects of the German culture and civilization as possible in conjunction with exercising comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.

101, 102 Beginning German I, II (1 course, 1 course) A sequential two-semester program focusing on the basic grammatical forms and patterns of German. Students will learn to understand, speak, read and write German at a beginner’s level and gain an awareness of the culture of German speaking countries. Pre-requisites: GER-101: no previous experience, placement
at GER-101 level or instructor’s permission. GER-102: GER-101 or instructor’s permission. Fall semester/ Spring semester.

201, 202 Intermediate German I, II (1 course, 1 course) A sequential two-semester program designed to help students reach an intermediate level of proficiency by increasing their vocabulary, completing the foundation structures and adding to their knowledge of German-speaking cultures. GER-201 provides a completion of basic grammatical structures, and an emphasis
on more creative aspects of language use to strengthen composition and conversation skills. GER-202 is for students who want to further develop their speaking as well as their oral and reading comprehension skills, increase proficiency in extended narration and dialogue, and gain a better understanding of German-speaking cultures. Prerequisite: GER-201: GER-102, placement at GER-201 level or instructor’s permission. GER-202: GER-201 or instructor’s permission. Fall semester/Spring semester.