- Course Number:
- GER 202
- Course Title:
- Second Year German
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Course DescriptionContinues to expand structure and vocabulary for the purpose of active communication. Includes practice in reading and writing. Recommended: Completion of GER 201 or instructor permission. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
GER 202 is offered for four hours of transferable credit. It meets four hours per week and is the second term of a three-term sequence which equals one full year of German. This course satisfies part of the foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree, counts as an elective for the A.A. degree, and contributes to the general education requirement for other associate degrees.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion students should be able to:
1. Handle a wider range of communicative tasks in selected social situations.
2. Communicate more effectively with some rephrasing and circumlocution with native speakers accustomed to dealing with non-native
3. Further develop discourse to narrate and describe in more detail and length using a variety of time frames and modes with greater accuracy.
4. Expand understanding of cultural similarities and differences within the German- speaking world in relation to ones own cultural perspective.
5. Deepen understanding of historical and cultural movements through analysis of selected works of art, literature, music, film and/or performing
arts from the target culture.
6. Analyze and develop responses to selected authentic materials in the target language.
Course Activities and Design
Students are expected to attend all classes, participate actively in classroom activities, and prepare oral and written homework assignments. Students may meet with the teacher in conferences. After the introduction to the course, German will be used in the classroom at all times. Students should plan to spend two hours in preparation and practice outside of class for each class hour.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Students may be assessed by any combination of the following:
- Active participation in the target language
- Short individual or partner presentations
- Frequent contextual written tasks (in or outside of class) to assess reading, writing, cultural and aural competencies
- Oral interviews with partner or oral tests with the instructor
- In-class, interactive student role-plays
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Personal data (expanded)
- Present, past and future tenses of verbs
- Cases and declensions
- Conjunctions, both coordinating and subordinating
- Noun genders, plurals, and weak nouns
- Adjective endings
- Infinitival nouns
- Relative pronouns
- Writing on various topics to be determined by the students and instructor
- Various oral topics based on readings and other sources. Topics may include childhood, politics (more complex concepts), belief systems, use of simile and metaphor, structure of the language (these themes, concepts and issues are not necessarily presented here in the order presented in class; presentation depends largely on the makeup of the student population in a specific course)
Course Content: Competencies and Skills:
The student will:
- Manage more complex conversations about herself and her world
- Speak in the present, past and future tenses with a high degree of accuracy
- Use the four cases including corresponding prepositions with a high amount of accuracy
- Combine sentences using both types of conjunctions
- Use nouns, their plurals and weak nouns in conjunction with adjectives; with a relatively high degree of accuracy
- Use infinitival nouns to expand on oral and written descriptions
- Use relative pronouns to describe people and things with more clarity
- Write longer paragraphs on a variety of simple topics; may write longer essays
- Discuss various simple and some more complex topics orally