German Undergraduate Fall Courses

Fall 2019 Tentative Class Descriptions

German 1. Elementary German.
This class develops the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) in a highly authentic cultural context. The course will enable students to communicate in German about everyday topics (family, everyday routine, university life, shopping, recreational activities). The students will learn to interpret authentic German language texts from a variety of media and enhance their knowledge of cultural issues. Grammar points that are necessary for speaking German accurately in these contexts will be covered.
German 4. Intermediate German.
This course reviews and builds upon what was learned in first-year German, enhancing students? knowledge of German language and culture. The students will further develop their writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills through a variety of media. The goals for this course are to expand on speaking German with fluency and accuracy, reading short authentic texts, discussing German films and songs, and writing coherent, organized essays.
German 101A. Advanced German.
Evelyn Reder/ Kelsey White
Speaking, listening, reading, and writing on an advanced level, while exploring contemporary German culture. Systematic review of grammar material. Additional focus on vocabulary building. Written and oral discussions based on newspaper articles, literary texts, German films, and websites.
German 106. Advanced Reading and Writing Skills in German.
Kelsey White
This course focuses on the development of advanced reading and writing skills in German. In particular, we will draw on a variety of authentic materials to develop students' ability to analyze and produce a range of genres; enhance students' awareness of pre-, during- and post-reading strategies and how to apply them to different styles of writing; improve use of strategies to help students become more autonomous readers/writers; and develop critical skills for reading, comprehending, and writing different types of texts.
German 117. Special Topics in German CultureIf not now, when? Responses to the climate crisis in German cultural productions 
Wenn nicht jetzt, wann? Die Klimakrise in der deutschsprachigen Kultur
Elisabeth Weber
Course Description: The verdict has been in for a while: Climate change is a reality that we can no longer ignore. Cultural practices explored in the humanities help us to think about how to responsibly face this massive challenge, including in community-based advocacy. Through the analysis of literary texts, films, videos, news media, online sources and advocacy projects, we will explore cultural practices in German-speaking countries that respond to the climate crisis.