German Language in Context: Novice Abroad III

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Course Information
Program(s): 
Discipline(s): 
German Language
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Credits: 
3
Language of instruction: 
German
Prerequisites: 

Little prior knowledge of the language; Placement test

 

Description: 

This course is designed for students with little prior knowledge of the language. Students appropriate for this level can already use a few basic words and phrases, and they can understand very simple requests and responses. Students entering this course are also able to read and interpret the basic meaning of simple sentences and phrases. Students who have studied the language in high school or in college but never continued to build their skills may find this level appropriate. Students who have studied multiple languages may also be capable of entering this level. The language assessment process will determine the appropriate level for each individual student.

By the end of the course, the successful student will have built a solid foundation in the five skills: intercultural communication, reading, writing, listening and speaking to accomplish a variety of everyday needs in the host culture as described in the learning outcomes below and should be capable of entering the Emerging Independent Abroad level.

STUDENT PROFILE

This course is designed for students with little prior knowledge of the language. Students appropriate for this level can already use a few basic words and phrases, and they can understand very simple requests and responses. Students entering this course are also able to read and interpret the basic meaning of simple sentences and phrases. Students who have studied the language in high school or in college but never continued to build their skills may find this level appropriate. Students who have studied multiple languages may also be capable of entering this level. The language assessment process will determine the appropriate level for each individual student.

By the end of the course, the successful student will have built a solid foundation in the five skills: intercultural communication, reading, writing, listening and speaking to accomplish a variety of everyday needs in the host culture as described in the learning outcomes below and should be capable of entering the Emerging Independent Abroad level

 

Attendance policy: 

All IES courses require attendance and participation. Attendance is mandatory per IES policy. Any unexcused absence will incur a penalty of 2% on your final grade. Any student who has more than four (4) unexcused absences will receive an “F” as the final grade in the course. Absences due to sickness, religious observances, and family emergencies may be excusable at the discretion of the Center Director.

In the case of an excused absence, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the Academic Dean of the absence with an Official Excused Absence Form, as well as any other relevant documentation (e.g. a doctor’s note), and to keep a record thereof. This form must be turned in as soon as possible before the class, in the case of a planned absence, or immediately after the class, in the case of an unplanned absence, in order for the absence to be considered excused. It is also the student’s responsibility to inform the professor of the missed class.

Students can collect and submit the Official Excused Absence Form from the office of the Academic Dean.

Quizzes missed during unexcused absences cannot be made up.

Learning outcomes: 
  1. Intercultural Communication
    1. Students will be able to meet simple everyday needs using verbal and non-verbal communication, and they will be able to use compensatory strategies when they do not know the word or expression (paraphrasing, repetition, talking around the point, body language etc.).
    2. Students can recognize some appropriate and inappropriate expressions and behaviors in the host language.
    3. Students will be able to distinguish between simple representations of formality and informality in the language.
    4. Students will identify some differences between cultural stereotypes and generalizations between the home culture and the host culture.
    5. Students will make some informed comparisons between their host culture and the home culture.
  2. Listening
    1. Students will be able to understand simple statements, requests, descriptions, and questions in specific cultural context relevant to them (hosts’ interactions, exchanges in class, Center interactions, studying, shopping, transportation, meals).
    2. Students will be able to use context to understand the gist of some spoken language they overhear, including the media, conversations between others, and announcements.
  3. Speaking
    1. Students will be able to use simple phrases appropriately in everyday situations with increasing accuracy (home, the IES Abroad Center, and the community).
    2. Students will be able to express simple needs by asking questions, and get what they need in uncomplicated, everyday situations.
  4. Reading
    1. Students will be able to identify and understand simple sentences and deduce meaning from context if it is relevant to their studies.
    2. Students will be able to interpret main ideas in passages, short texts, and news headlines if they are relevant to them.
    3. Students will be able to use simple reading strategies (cognate recognition, skimming and scanning, identification of text types, etc.) in order to interpret main ideas.
  5. Writing
    1. Students will be able to write short texts about concrete topics, such as themselves, their families, their friends, their likes, dislikes, plans, experiences and their daily routines.
    2. Students will be able to send email and text messages, and they can complete short essays on familiar subjects.
    3. Students will be able to write with increased accuracy, although using some native language structures.
Method of presentation: 

Stimulus/response games, oral and written exercises, role playing, training of listening abilities, field studies and outdoor projects, homework and private study

Required work and form of assessment: 
  • Quiz 1 - 15%
  • Quiz 2 - 15%
  • Participation and Homework - 20%
  • Berlin Project - 10%
  • Class Project - 20%
  • Final Exam - 20%
content: 
 
Week Content Assignments Corresponding Learning Outcome(s)

Week 1
 

 

  1. Functional:
  • Introducing yourself
  • German for everyday use
  • Communication in the classroom
  1. Grammatical:
  • Alphabet
  • Pronunciation practice
  • Basic verbs and conjugation (present tense)
  • Personal Pronouns
  1. Vocabulary:
  • Greetings and farewells
  • Useful words and phrases in class
  • Food
  • Numbers
  1. Culture:
  • Shopping

Interviewing classmates

Worksheets conjugation, pronouns, fill-in exercises, oral partner drill

Worksheets food, classroom communication, greetings, numbers oral class interaction

Field study:
Shopping in Freiburg: Finding products in stores, answering prepared questions concerning product offer

I., III., IV.
Week 2
 
Field Trip Berlin-Prague Field Study:
Berlin Project: "The Holocause Memorial." Making notes and answering questions in a brovhure cncerning the Memorial, reporting in class
 
Week 3
  1. Functional:
  • Review/deepening of Intensive Phase content
  • Portraits of people, family, friends
  • Talking about events in the past
  1. Grammatical:
  • In-class-levelling of grammar knowledge (articles, plural, noun cases..)
  • Verb conjugation (Simple Present and Present Perfect)
  • Possessive articles
  • Interrogatives, questions and statements
  • Further pronunciation practice
  1. Vocabulary:
  • Family relations
  • Giving personal information
  • Useful basic verbs
  1. Culture:
  • Feedback Berlin Project

Worksheet family tree

Presenting personal family tree to each other

Listening: Who is invited to the party? (“Hören Sie mal”)

Worksheets conjugation present + perfect, poss. articles, fill-in exercises, oral partner drill,

oral class interaction: hast/bist du schon einmal?

Composition: My family

Talking about Holocaust Memorial, feedback of teacher, talking about impressions and feelings

I., III., IV., V

Week 4
 

  1. Functional:
  • Eating habits
  • Expressing likes and dislikes
  1. Grammatical
  • Accusative case
  • Negatives
  • Modal verb ‘möchten’
  1. Vocabulary
  • Food and drinks
  1. Culture
  • Eating habits Germany – Home country

Worksheet ich mag/Verb+gern, partner interview

Worksheet negatives kein/nicht, acc cause, fill-in exercises, oral partner drill

Worksheet food/drinks

I., II., III., IV., V.

Week 5
 
  1. Functional:
  • Going to a restaurant
  1. Grammatical:
  • Revision for Quiz I
  1. Vocabulary:
  • Revision for Quiz I
  1. Culture:
  • “Fas(t)nacht in Freiburg!”

Worksheets Restaurant: Vocabulary, Wie schmeckt Essen, Beschwerden, Dialoge im  Restaurant

Role plays: ‘In a restaurant’ Using functional phrases and expressing polite complaints

Discussion (worksheet). restaurant habits in Germany

Worksheet: Tradition and vocabulary Fastnacht

Quiz 1 

I., II., III., IV., V.

Week 6
 

 

Field Trip Institutions
Paris-Brussels

   
Week 7
 
  1. Functional:
  • Asking/ Telling the time
  • Talking about your daily routine
  1. Grammatical:
  • Temporal adverbs
  • Separable prefix verbs
  • Word order – ‘sentence bracket’
  1. Vocabulary:
  • Words/ expressions/ phrases related to daily routine
  1. Culture:
  • A student’s day in Freiburg

Worksheet time, fill-in exercises, oral partner drill

Worksheet verbs of daily routine, temporal adverbs, separable verbs, word order, fill-in exercises

Writing about daily routine

Partner Interview: Wann ...du normalerweise..?

“Living sentences”

I., II., III., IV., V.

Week 8
 
  1. Functional:
  • Talking about locations in town
  • Expressing directions
  1. Grammatical:
  • Pronouns Accusativ
  • Local Prepositions
  • Modal verbs
  1. Vocabulary:
  • Locations of daily relevance
  1. Culture:
  • German music

Worksheets, exercises pronouns accusative, local prepositions , modal verbs, locations in town, oral partner drills

Listening to descriptions, completing the way to go

Oral partner exercise:
How do I get to...?

Writing: how do I get to...?

Interviewing flatmates about German music (likes/dislikes/suggestions) (Questions prepared)

I., II., III., IV., V.

Week 9
 
  1. Functional:
  • Describing house and home
  • Home items and furniture
  1. Grammatical:
  • Verbs of position
  • Verbs with dative case
  • two-way-prepositions
  • adverbs: directionals
  1. Vocabulary:
  • Home items and furniture
  • Adjectives
  1. Culture:
  • Living in Germany – USA

Worksheets vocabulary furniture and house

Worksheets, exercises, verbs of position, verbs with dative, two-way-prepositions, directional adverbs (rauf, rein, runter..)
oral partner drills
oral class interaction

listening: Unterwegs in der Firma (directionals)

communication game: where are my glasses (two-way-prepositions)

Describing own house, partner exchange

Reading
“Mein Traumhaus”

I., II., III., IV., V.

Week 10
 
Newspaper/Class Project  

I., II., III., IV., V.

Week 11
 
  1. Grammatical and vocabulary:
  • Newspaper/ Class Project
  • Revision for Quiz II
  1. Culture:
  • Talking about celebrations in Germany – USA
Quiz 2

I., II., III., IV., V.

Week 12 
 
Field Trip Member States    
Week 13
  1. Functional:
  • Talking about activities in your free time
  • Making suggestions and appointments
  1. Grammatical:
  • Adverbs of frequency
  • Conjunctions
  1. Vocabulary:
  • Free time activities
  • Weather: Expressions and adjectives
  1. Culture:
  • Free time: talking about/ comparing home and host country

Worksheet: Dialogue suggestions+appointments, sorting dialogue, fill-in exercises, writing own dialogue, oral partner practice

Worksheet and exercises frequency, conjunctions (aber/und/oder/(sondern)), (weil/trotzdem/obwohl)
oral practice: completing sentences with given conjunctions

Interviewing classmates
- Freetime
- How often do you...

Worksheet weather
Partner Interview weather

Writing a letter/ an e-mail to a pen-pal

Presenting Class project: Power point presentation, free speech in front of auditorium

I., II., III., IV., V.
Week 14
  1. Functional:
  • Describing the human body
  • Expressing state of health
  • Going to the doctor
  • Giving recommendations
  • Review for final exam
  1. Grammatical:
  • Conjunctive II
  • Review for final exam
  1. Vocabulary:
  • The human body
  • At the doctor’s
  • Review for final exam
  1. Culture:
  • German film

Worksheets and exercises: vocabulary human body, illness, dialogues, writing dialogue

Listening to dialogue at the doctor's

Role play at the doctors

Worksheets, exercises recommendations, Konjunktiv II

Oral class interaction: giving advice

Class survey: Was würdest du tun, wenn...

I., II., III., IV., V.
Week 15 Final Exam    

 

 

Required readings: 

You will receive copies from your instructor for an extra fee. In addition to that a file to collect and systemize the material is necessary.