Comprehensive review of German grammar, vocabulary-building skills, development of reading strategies and compositional abilities, study of contemporary German culture through literary texts. Prerequisites: GERM 001, GERM 002 or equivalent.
Prereq: GERM 002 or equiv; Open to Degree and CDE students
Newly revised, GRMN 051 seeks to deepen your language development with the ultimate goal in mind: effective real-life, contextually relevant communication in today’s globalized world. By continuously drawing your attention to the purpose of language, you become accustomed to viewing communication in relation to your intended audience. Through a dynamic, hands-on exploration of cultural products, practices, and perspectives, you will explore a variety of current issues and standpoints in contemporary Germany while enhancing your language proficiency. An emphasis on personalized content, learning strategies, and reflection skills fosters your development into an effective and thoughtful communicator. Upon completion of this course you will be able to: -Interpret the main messages and nuances communicated across a range of genres, including: personal interviews, feature film clips, short stories, newspaper articles, and infographics. -Communicate effectively with others in German on a variety of topics, including: citizenship and volunteerism; founding myths and legends that continue to circulate in contemporary society; and commemoration and remembrance in today’s multicultural Germany. -Negotiate meaning across language and culture. -Implement learning strategies when engaging with media and texts in order to create meaning and notice key grammar patterns/semantic nuances. -Create oral, written, and digital presentations that demonstrate your growing awareness of culture, audience, language functions, and form. -Draw comparisons between German-speaking cultures and those of your own culture(s).
Students attend class 3 times per week in-person and submit homework online in Canvas and in class. Across both platforms, expect instruction and interactions with your peers to be centered around active learning scenarios and meaningful communication. Students should expect to spend 6-8 hours per week outside of class on homework and class preparation. A copy packet of the non-commercial textbook, Augenblicke: German Language and Culture through Film, Media and Texts, is the only required text. You should obtain this text from the UVM bookstore.
Evaluation is based on active participation, timely and thorough completion of homework activities, individual contributions to a growing class-based vocabulary list, weekly quizzes, three end-of-module projects, essays, two tests, and a comprehensive final.
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