German Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I

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Course Information
Discipline(s): 
German Language
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Credits: 
4
Language of instruction: 
German
Contact Hours: 
60
Prerequisites: 

Proficiency at a level equivalent to IES Abroad’s Novice Abroad, as determined by placement test.

Description: 

STUDENT PROFILE:
Students entering this level must be able to fulfill the learning outcomes of the Novice Abroad level, as defined by the IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication. Specifically, they should already be able to express themselves on a variety of concrete, everyday topics and meet their basic needs in the language. Students who enter this level may be more proficient in reading and writing skills than oral communication, especially if they have never traveled or studied abroad previously. Although students may have been exposed previously to certain competencies taught at this level, they need additional practice and instruction to move toward mastery of these competencies.

Students at this level may succeed in partner university courses (when offered through the local center) as long as such courses are primarily designed for international students and/or require passive student linguistic participation (art studios, dance). As students gain more self-awareness and self-confidence, they will attempt more in the community. Paradoxically, this means they may also experience more miscommunications and frustration. Reading and writing require effort, and many students will need to make a special effort in this regard. Students will also develop cultural awareness and skills to work through the challenges of adaptation in the local culture and learn to celebrate their successes. They will begin to appreciate the value of these language and intercultural skills. This course builds upon skills introduced in Novice Abroad.  By the end of the course, the successful student will have begun to develop some communicative and cultural self-confidence necessary to attempt moderately complex tasks in the language, as described in the learning outcomes below.

Attendance policy: 

IES Abroad Vienna requires attendance at all class sessions, including field study excursions, internship meetings, scheduled rehearsals, and exams. Attendance will be monitored and unexcused absences will affect the student’s grade via the “Participation” component of each course’s final grade.

Excused Absences

  • Excused absences are permitted only when a student is ill, when class is held on a recognized religious holiday traditionally observed by the particular student, or in the case of a grave incident affecting family members.
  • To be granted an excused absence, the student must write an email to his/her professor in a timely manner stating the reason for the absence (and, if appropriate, how long they expect to be away) with a cc to Center administrative staff. In an emergency, the student may call Student Services or the Front Desk. If the student is unable to send an email (too sick, no computer), he/she may call the Student Assistant at the front desk (01/512 2601-11) who will then write the email described above and send it to said parties as stated above, with a cc to the student.
  • If a student is absent 3 consecutive days or more, he/she will need to obtain a doctor’s note and then submit this to the Registrar’s office.
Learning outcomes: 

Students who are placed in this level should have achieved the outcomes in the Novice Abroad level as defined by the IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication.

By the end of the course, students will be able to achieve some of the outcomes for the Emerging Independent Abroad level as defined by the MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication. The key learning outcomes from the MAP are summarized below:

  1. Intercultural Communication
    1. Increasingly, students will be able to make informed comparisons between the host culture and the students' home cultures.
    2. Students will be able to distinguish between verbal and non verbal communication that reflects politeness, formality, or informality.
    3. Students will be able to recognize simple patterns of intonation and their meaning.
    4. Students will be able to solve some daily unexpected situations and meet needs with limited help.'
  2. Listening
    1. Students will be able to understand some interactions (media, speeches, music, conversations, etc.), especially if the speaker is used to interacting with non-native speakers.
    2. Students will be able to understand direct requests, questions, and simple conversations on familiar and concrete topics.
  3. Speaking
    1. Students will be able to talk to a limited extent about persons and things in their immediate environment, as well as their plans and their experiences.
    2. Students will be able to address moderately complicated situations involving familiar subjects.
  4. Reading
    1. Students will be able to read passages and uncomplicated longer texts (simple narratives, detailed instructions, etc.) on familiar topics and understand the general meaning.
    2. Students will be able to support their understanding of texts through the use of context, visual aids, dictionaries, or with the assistance of others in order to facilitate comprehension.
  5. Writing
    1. Students will be able to communicate with some effectiveness through notes, emails, and simple online discussions and chats.
    2. Students will be able to write short essays on concrete topics of limited levels of complexity and accuracy, although with reliance on the communicative patterns of their native language.
Method of presentation: 
  • Dialogues
  • Work in groups
  • Role plays
  • Readings
  • Listening comprehensions
  • Field study
  • Written practice
  • Internet research
Required work and form of assessment: 
  • Oral work (regular attendance and participation in class work) - 40%
  • Homework - 10%
  • Quizzes - 25%
  • Final exam - 25%
content: 

INTENSIVE

 

WEEK

CONTENT

ASSIGNMENTS

CORRESPONDING LEARNING OUTCOMES

Week 1

 

Topics: Information about persons; Daily routine; The coffeehouse (field trip)

  • Functional: Talking about personal identity and origin; Useful class language and phrases; Talking about the daily routine; Review of numbers; Telling the time; The coffeehouse in Austria
  • Grammatical: Forms of address:  Du or Sie; Interrogatives (W-Fragen, Ja/Nein-Fragen; conjugation of regular, irregular and separable verbs  in present tense; Word order; Coordinating Conjunctions; Subordinating conjunctions: weil, wenn; Pronoun “man”; Definitie and indefinite article in all cases; Time expressions
  • Vocabulary: personal identity, useful phrases, coffee and coffeehouse, time expressions, many verbs
  • Cultural: The coffeehouse (various names for coffee, typical Austrian/Viennese pastries), a visit to the Palmenhauscafé
  • Interviewing classmates to get to know each other, introducing the partner in class
  • Reading short text about people`s identity
  • Analysis of mistakes
  • Crossword (conjugation of verbs)
  • Game (conjugation of verbs)
  • Fill-in exercises: verbs, cases
  • Training of time expressions
  • Listening  “Im Kaffeehaus”
  • Reading a dialogue “In the coffeehouse”
  • Playing short dialogues: How to order in a coffeehouse
  • Reading a text about the Austrian coffeehouse
  • Reading a text about the Sachertorte
  • Ordering in a coffeehouse
  • Presenting the dialogues “In the coffeehouse” in class (=part 1 of oral exam)
  • Listening to a song “Aber bitte mit Sahne” by the Austrian singer Udo Jürgens
  • Field trip: Quiz in the coffeehouse
  • Composition: 
    Write a text about yourself
    Write about the daily routine of yourself and your partner
    Write a dialogue “In the coffeehouse”

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Week 2

 

Topics: Austria and its states; The Naschmarkt (field trip); Plans for the weekend; Song “Wien-Berlin”

  • Functional: Learning about Austria, the Austrian states and capitals, some interesting facts; The Naschmarkt; Talking about plans for the weekend in Vienna or Austria
  • Grammatical:Modal verbs in present, past and present perfect tense (wordorder); Future 1 (Wordorder); Coordinating andsubordinating conjunctions
  • Vocabulary: states and capitals of Austria, Naschmarkt (food, fruits, vegetables, spices)
  • Cultural: Austria, its states and capitals, Naschmarkt, supermarkets, open markets in Vienna
  • Learning about the Austrian states and capitals
  • Reading a text about Austria
  • Interviewing a partner with modal verbs
  • Fill-in exercises: modal verbs, future 1, coordinating and subordinating conjunctions
  • Listening “Auf dem Naschmarkt”
  • Reading a text about „The Naschmarkt“
  • Playing short dialogues “Auf dem Naschmarkt”
  • Playing a longer dialogue in class „Auf dem Naschmarkt“ (=part 2 of oral exam)
  • Reading various Austrian texts about the plans of people for the next weekend
  • Looking for “Austrian expressions” and English words in German texts
  • Interviewing the partner about his/her plans for the weekend
  • Reading a current newspaper article
  • Listening the song “Wien- Berlin” by Keiner mag Faustmann
  • Talking about the song and the band
  • Reading a text about the young band
  • Talking about some instruments
  • Watching the music clip  “Wien-Berlin”, talking about the clip
  • Composition:
    Write a dialogue „Auf dem   Naschmarkt“
     Write an email about your plans for the next weekend

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Week 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics: A personal letter; The City hall (field trip); Kriminacht (only in fall semester) From one place to another (Unit 1)

  • Functional: Talking about the City hall, listening the song “Wien-Berlin” by Keiner mag Faustmann, talking about travel experiences
  • Grammatical: present perfect tense, word order, indirect questions, conjunctions: deshalb, darum, deswegen, aus diesem Grund
  • Vocabulary: The City hall, travel experiences
  • Cultural: The City hall, Die Wiener Kriminacht, travelling experiences (culture shock?

FINAL TEST

  • Reading a letter about the study stay in Austria
  • Reading about the City hall
  • Talking about the City hall (likes/dislikes)
  • Fill-in exercise: vocabulary
  • Doing research in the Internet “Die Wiener Kriminacht”
  • Reading short statements of people`s travel experiences
  • Listening about the life and travel experiences of Virginia, who works for a tourist agency
  • Fill-in exercises: conjunctions
  • Training of indirect questions in discussions and partner interviews
  • Interviewing one classmate about his/her travel experiences
  • Composition:
    Write a personal letter about the study stay in Austria
    Write a newspaper article about the travel experiences of your partner/ of yourself!

 

 

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SEMESTER

 

WEEK

CONTENT

ASSIGNMENTS

CORRESPONDING LEARNING OUTCOMES

Week 1

 

Travelling in Europe

  • Functional: Talking about the last holiday
  • Grammatical: review of present perfect tense, question words: Wo? Wohin? Woher?; prepositions nach, in (acc. oder dat.), aus, von
  • Vocabulary: countries and cities; verbs of motion
  • Cultural: countries, capitals and famous cities in Europe
  • Interviewing one classmate about the last holiday, talking about experiences during this vacation
  • Review: Filling in perfect forms in letters and dialogues
  • Fill-in exercises: question words, verbs of motions and some preposition
  •  Composition:
    Write a letter / an email about your last vacation

I.A., I.B., I.C., I.D.

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Week 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clothes

  • Functional: Talking about clothes (likes and dislikes); Making up a dialogue “In the clothing store”
  • Grammatical: genitive case; prepositions + gen.; adjective endings (ein-words, der-words, without ein- or der-words); comparison of adjectives
  • Vocabulary: clothes, fashion
  • Cultural: shops and stores in Vienna
  • Listening  interviews about fashion
  • Interview with a classmate about fashion and clothes
  • Making a dialogue in the clothing  store
  • Fill-in exercises: adjective endings; genitive
  • Oral training of the use of adjectives and their endings
  • Composition:
    Write a dialogue “In the clothing store”!

I.A., I.B., I.C., I.D.

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Week 3

 

Language stay / Study stay

  • Functional: Talking about what the students consider to be important while learning/studying languages
  • Grammatical: verbs and expressions with “zu + Infinitiv“
  • Vocabulary: languages, study trip, language stay; several verbs and expressions used with “zu + infinitive”; useful phrases for discussions
  • Cultural:  specifics of Austrian language; some words and phrases
  • Reading a diary entry of Sandra about her language stay in France
  • Reading about how to learn a language
  • Discussion about learning languages
  • How do the students learn languages? Tips and advices
  • Fill-in exercises: infinitive with or without “zu”
  • Composition:
    Write about your personal experiences while learning /studying a language. What do you consider to be important/ not so important in a language course?

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Week 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXTRA: Talking about the austrian poet Ernst Jandl and some of his poems, especially “Ottos Mops”

 

 

 

Working in Vienna

  • Functional: Reading a text about a woman working for the UN, talking about life in Vienna; Presenting the home city!
  • Grammatical: compound verbs; um … zu
  • Vocabulary: compound verbs, life in cities
  • Cultural: The austrian poet Ernst Jandl and his poetry, different sides of Vienna
  • Listening and reading some of Ernst Jandl`s poems
  • Watching a small video “Ottos Mops”
  • Talking about the characteristics of his poetry

 

  • Reading a text about a woman working for the UN, talking about life in Vienna
  • Training of compound verbs
  • Talking about the home cities of the students and what they like and do not like there
  • Presentation of their cities
  • Composition:
    Write a text about your home city (likes and dislikes)!

 

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Week 5

 

Musicians in Vienna

  • Functional: Talking about music and musicians in Vienna, in particular about Krzystof Dobrek and his band
  • Grammatical: preterite
  • Vocabulary: music, musicians and instruments
  • Cultural: music in Vienna; reading an Austrian legend
  • Listening about Krzystof Dobrek and his band
  • Training of the preterite
  • Talking about music and instruments
  • Read the legend “Meister Puchsbaum”!

 

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Week 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life between cultures

  • Functional: Talking about relatives or friends who emigrated
  • Grammatical: relative clauses (nominative, accusative)
  • Vocabulary: family, relatives
  • Cultural: Life in different culture (Austria, America,…)
  • Midterm Exam
  • Talking about persons who emigrated
  • Discussion: Why do people emigrate?
  • Fill-in exercises: relative pronouns (nom., acc.)
  • Composition:
    Write about a relative, a friend or famous person who emigrated!  

I.A., I.B., I.C., I.D.

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Week 7

 

True Friendship

  • Functional: Talking about friendship in general and (best) friends
  • Grammatical: revision of the present perfect tense; reciprocal verbs; relative clauses (nom., acc, dat., gen.)
  • Vocabulary: friends, hobbies, cultural differences; expressing the opinion
  • Cultural: friendship in America and Europe
  • Reading some texts about friendship  and friends
  • Talking about friends and friendship
  • Different exercises with relative clauses
  • How to introduce a person in an appropriate way
  • Fill-in exercises: relative pronouns, reciprocal verbs
  • Memory with funny words to train relative clauses
  • Composition:
    Write a text about your best friend(s)!

I.A., I.B., I.C., I.D.

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Week 8

 

What is luck?

  • Functional: Talking about luck, superstition and lucky charms
  • Grammatical: n-declension
  • Vocabulary: common proverbs
  • Cultural: lucky charms in different cultures; proverbs

Movies

  • Functional: Talking about different movies; expressing opinion.
  • Grammatical: passive voice; two part conjunctions
  • Vocabulary: movies, how to express one`s opinion
  • Cultural: Austrian and American movies
  • Reading short statements about people`s feelings about luck and lucky charms
  • Composition: 
     Write about a lucky charm!
     Are you superstitious?

 

 

 

 

  • Interviewing a classmate about his/her favorite movie(s)
  • Talking about television and movies
  • Reading a short text about the favorite movie of a person
  • Reading and understanding the television program
  • Composition:
    Writing an essay about your favorite movie

I.A., I.B., I.C., I.D.

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Week 9

 

Caring Professions

  • Functional: Talking about accidents, going to the doctor, to the hospital
  • Grammatical: Reflexivpronomen,  lassen + zu + Infintiv, nicht brauchen + zu + Infinitv
  • Vocabulary: professions, health system, accidents, ..
  • Cultural: The Austrian and American health system
  • Reading a text about a nurse
  • Listening a text about an accident
  • Interviewing a classmate about his/her experiences with doctors and hospitals
  • Talking about the differences between the Austrian and American health system
  • Composition:
    Write a short text about an accident (comic strip)

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Week 10

 

 

 

 

 

Wishes and hopes!

  • Functional: Talking about different ways of life,  wishes and hopes
  • Grammatical: subjunctive II
  • Vocabulary: personal wishes, hopes for life and profession
  • Cultural: living conditions in Austria and America
  • Talking about different ways of life, wishes and hopes
  • Reading texts about neighbors and life situations
  • Talking about life situations and living conditions
  • Composition:
    Write a short text about your living conditions in America
    What are your hopes and wishes for your future!

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Week 11

The catacombs (field trip)

  • Functional: Talking about the catacombs
  • Grammatical: comparison sentences with “ je …desto …”
  • Vocabulary: catacombs
  • Cultural: The Catacombs of Vienna
  • Reading a text about the catacombs
  • Talking about the catacombs
  • Fill-in exercises: vocabulary
  • Training of “ je …desto…” sentences

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Week 12

  • Final Exam

 

Required readings: 
  • Optimal B1 and handouts made up by the teacher, according to studen'ts needs.