GR 120 HI-CS --- “Introductory German II”
KAJ --- HC 205; Ext. 3496
MT 9-10; WF 11-12
and by appointment
It is great that the majority of you have elected to stay with German. I am confident that we are in for a satisfying and beneficial semester. Ultimately mastering a foreign language constitutes an intellectual accomplishment that will pay hefty dividends in your life later on. One of your more immediate goals, though, should be to zero in on a year of study in Germany during your junior year. The universities in Germany, with which Juniata maintains exchange programs, readily allow you to continue with your studies in your POE area. If you have not thought about studying abroad so far, start doing so. None of your predecessors during my almost thirty years at Juniata have regretted their decision to study in Germany during their junior year. That says something, doesn’t it?
We want to improve on our functional proficiency in German. In order to achieve that we are going to build on the foundation that we laid last semester. The speaking of German will be stressed this semester. We shall earmark portions of our weekly classes for a review period along the lines of the highly successful “Dartmouth Method.” Of course, the other three language modes --listening, reading, and writing-- will also receive appropriate attention.
We’ll try to cover Chapter Four through Ten in our textbook Dialog. Beruf. Deutsch als Fremdsprache für die Grundstufe. If we don’t quite get to that point, the heavens won’t fall on us. Most of you already own the texts (textbook and workbook). However, you also need to have the audio material accompanying the text. The bookstore is holding it for you in the form of CDs or cassettes. Your work with the audio material is going to be very, very important this semester.
We shall continue with a diary. On three different times a week you are to write a diary entry of ten sentences in length minimum. The choice of topic is yours. I’ll collect your diaries on Fridays and return them to you the following Monday. Please double or treble space your entries and write only on one side of a page.
Germany and the Germans by John Ardagh will be a faithful companion during the semester. You are expected to have read the book closely by semester’s end. Read ahead in the book on your own and don’t wait till a reading assignment is given. Take notes of your reading. They’ll come in handy during the announced surprise quizzes on the book.
Our sessions are conducted in German. Thus, Klaus will present the anecdotes that you always expect from him in his native tongue this semester.
Regular class attendance
Active class participation
Extensive work with the listening material
Keeping up with the reading of Germany and the Germans
Keeping the diary
Announced surprise quizzes
Four hourly tests
One written take-home final
One oral final
Last day of classes in the semester
See Catalogue 2001-2002 pp. 48-49
Finally, a word of friendly advice: Come and see me if you have a question concerning the course or your course work. I consider it to be part of my job to try to make sure that your efforts bear fruit and that your studying German turns out to be a successful and enjoyable venture this semester.
Frohes Neues Jahr!