German Language in Context: 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: 

301 Emerging Independent Abroad

Description: 

In this course, students review special grammatical problems and do extensive oral work in combination with reading and writing exercises focusing on texts and stories in the Kursbuch und Arbeitsbuch em neu; Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Additional exercises are provided in form of handouts.

Review of special grammatical structures, extensive oral work in combination with reading and writing exercises focusing in literary texts, newspaper articles, films, daily life and culture in Austria, enhancement of student’s communicative abilities and intercultural competence.

 

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 enter this level are able to accomplish everyday needs required to live in a new culture. In this course, students will begin to develop independence and autonomy so that, when communication does break down, they have some tools at their disposal to resolve these challenges independently. Students should welcome correction and guidance from their instructors, hosts, and others in the community as they progress. By the end of this course, students will begin to converse at a rate of speed approaching normal conversation. They will start to become creative, spontaneous and self-reliant as they solve problems, interpret texts, negotiate, express their opinions, likes and dislikes in the culture. Although students will make errors and experience communication breakdowns, they are sometimes able to resolve these on their own. Students will understand some colloquial expressions and slang, and are starting to understand a wider variety of native speakers from different backgrounds.

Students who are placed in this level should have achieved the outcomes in the Emerging Independent 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 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. Students will begin to identify at a basic level key host cultures, subcultures, habits, norms, and behaviors in a variety of settings, and they will be aware of the risk that generalizations can lead to stereotypes.
    2. Students will start to identify their own cultural beliefs, behaviors, and values by contrasting and comparing them with the host cultures.
    3. Students will be able to identify some gestures and body language, and they may be able to integrate some of those non-verbal actions into their interactions with native speakers.
  2. Listening
    1. Students will be able to understand some spoken communications of moderate complexity (media, speeches, music, conversations, etc.) on a wide range of concrete everyday topics as well as abstract topics covered in classes.
    2. Students will begin to understand native speakers from a variety of backgrounds and limited experience with non-native speakers, and they will comprehend common colloquial expressions and slang.
  3.  Speaking
    1. Students will be able to speak on and discuss concrete everyday and personal topics, abstract topics covered in classes, as well as other topics of particular interest to them.
    2. Students will be able to participate and respond actively in a variety of interactions.
    3. Students will be able to give short presentations on topics related to the host culture.
  4. IV. Reading
    1. Students will be able to read and understand articles, stories, and online texts using background knowledge to aid their comprehension.
    2. Students will begin to read and understand the key ideas of academic texts on familiar topics with assistance.
  5. V. Writing
    1. Students will be able to meet many everyday writing needs (notes, text messages, formal and informal letters, emails, chats, and online forums).
    2. Students will be able to write essays for class that narrate, describe, report, compare, contrast, and summarize on a wide range of topics with developing degrees of grammatical and lexical accuracy.
    3. Students will be able to edit their own and their peers  writing for common errors covered in class.
Method of presentation: 
  • Oral and written exercises based on classroom materials
  • Field trips (cafés, museums, markets, exhibitions, etc.)
  • Dialogues
  • Work in groups
  • Role plays
  • Reading
  • Listening comprehensions
  • 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

1.Functional

  • Getting to know each other
  • Talking about hobbies and leisure time (likes and preferences)
  • Describing people
  • Ordering food and drinks

2.Grammatical:

  • Personal-possessive- and reflexive pronouns
  • Adjectives with prepositions
  • Adjective endings
  • Past tenses of weak and strong verbs

3.Vocabulary:

  • Related to the functional topic

4.Culture:

  • Hobbies might change in Europe
  • Adjust to living abroad
  • Exercises on the grammatical topic
  • Composition: Why did you decide to study in Austria (Vienna)?

 

Exam

I.A., IB.,

II.A.,

III.A., III.B.,

III.C.,

IV.A., IV.B.,

V.A., V.B.

Week 2

1.Functional:

  • Shopping
  • Evening activities
  • Restaurants and coffee houses
  • European cities and countries

2.Grammatical:

  • Prepositions and prepositional phrases
  • Verbs with prepositions

3.Vocabulary:

  • Related to the functional topic

4.Culture:

  • European countries and their differences
  • Viennese traditions
  • Exercises on the grammatical topic
  • Composition:Every-day-life in a foreign city.

Vocabulary Quiz

Exam

I.A., IB.,

II.A.,

III.A., III.B.,

III.C.,

IV.A., IV.B.,

V.A., V.B.

Week 3

1.Functional:

  • Planning the semester
  • Travelling plans
  • Family and friends

2.Grammatical:

  • Main- and subclauses
  • Coordinating and subordinating conjunctions

3.Vocabulary:

  • Related to the functional topic
  • Exercises on the grammatical topic
  • Composition: A letter to a friend 

Oral Exam

Written Exam

I.A., IB.,

II.A.,

III.A., III.B.,

III.C.,

IV.A., IV.B.,

V.A., V.B.

SEMESTER

Week

 

 

Content

 

 

Assignments

Corresponding Learning Outcomes

Week 1

 

 

 

 

1. Functional :

  • Introducing classmates
  • Talking about yourself (hobbies, time in Vienna, study, interests)
  • Talking about post-intensive break
  • Reading a text about Berlin: “Der erste und einzige Tag”
  • KURSBUCH S 42

2. Grammatical:

  • Prepositions and cases: „außerhalb; entlang; gegenüber; innerhalb; von...aus“
  • Word order in a German phrase

3. Vocabulary:

  • Vocabulary to the text

4. Culture:

  • Information about Berlin: history and culture
  • Answer questions on the text “der erste und einzige Tag”
  • KURSBUCH S 43 
  • Work on the Vocabulary; find German explanations and synonyms
  • Prepare the presentation of a city (history; personal connection; sites of interest)
  • Work sheets to the word order exercises in the book
  • Quiz: Vocabulary and Prepositions

 

I.A.

I.B.

III.C.

IV.A.

IV.B

V.B.

Week 2 

 

 

 

 

1. Functional:

  • Talking about the Oktoberfest Tradition of the “Wiener Kaffehauskultur”
  • Reading a book review
  • „Eine Amerikanerin in Berlin”
  • Arbeitsbuch S 43
  • Reading short informal letters;
  • KURSBUCH S 49

2. Grammatical:

  • German word order in detail;
  • subordinate clause “wenn; als; ob; nachdem,…”

3. Vocabulary: 

  • Oktoberfest
  • Wiener Kaffehäuser
  • Eine Amerikanerin in Berlin

4. Culture:

  • “Wiener Kaffeehauskultur”
  • “Das Oktoberfest”
  • Worksheets on the subordinate clause; Konnektoren; the word order in German
  • Composition: Writing a letter to a classmate about life and experiences in Vienna.
  • Pairwork: Correcting letters together
  • Quiz on the vocabulary and the grammar

I.A.

I.B.

V.C.

V.A.

IV.A.

Week 3

 

1. Functional:

  • “How to write a letter in German”
  • Listening comprehension
  • “Wien – München” Kursbuch S 48

2. Grammatical:

  • Repetition of the “Konnektoren”
  • and the subordinate clause
  • lokal Prepositions “Wo?/Wohin?

3. Vocabulary:

  • Vocabulary lists to the topics

4. Culture:

  • Wien vs. München
  • Live quality in cities: leisure time; shopping possibilities
  • Worksheets: Konnektoren; the subordinate clause
  • Composition: Writing a letter to the instructor about “what is motivating me in German class, what helps learning, what kind of exercises are necessary and useful"
  • Pairwork: Talking about personal experiences using subordinate clause and Konnektoren\
  • group work : discussion about the outcomes of the letters
  • Quiz: vocabulary and the grammar of the week

I.B.

III.A.

II.A.

V.A.

 

Week 4

 

 

 

 

1. Functional:

  • KURSBUCH: S 55/56/57 Konsum
  • Shopping and being a customer in Austria

2. Grammatical:

  • Tenses; simple past; present perfect; function and building; weak verbs and strong verbs;
  • past perfect; function; building and using the past perfect connecting phrases in different tenses

3. Vocabulary:

  • shopping in Austria
  • asking for/giving help and information in a shop/market
  • asking for and giving advice regarding product complaints in a formal context

4. Culture:

  • Shopping in Austria
  • Specific markets in Vienna (Naschmarkt; Brunnenmarkt)
  • Comparison of the general prices in Austria and the U.S.
  • How to handle product complaints in Austria and Germany
  • Worksheets : How to build and use tenses
  • Exercises: using different tenses and Konnektoren in one phrase
  • Composition: Writing the dialogues we did orally in class 
  • Dialogues: Customer/ shop assistant
  • Dialogues: user/expert dialogues about product complaints
  • Quiz: Vocabulary and the grammar of the week

 

I.A.

I.B.

III.A.

III.B.

IV.B.

V.A.

Week 5

 

1. Functional:

  • Reading and understanding a long and difficult article from an Austrian newspaper about a recent event

2. Grammatical:

  • Using the simple past in the fairy tale: “Der Rattenfänger von Hameln”
  • Arbeitsbuch S 58
  • Review previously studied tenses and grammar

3. Vocabulary:

  • To the article “Dachte, ich würde das Bewusstsein verlieren”

4. Culture:

  • Information about the Austrian extreme sportsman Felix Baumgartner
  • Getting to know an old fairy tale
  • Worksheets: Tenses; Vocabulary; Learning the verbs from the text: “Der Rattenfänger von Hameln” in all tenses
  • Groupwork : reading the article together and doing exercises on the article (true/false questions; word order; tenses)
  • In Class: Review of grammar, verbs, tenses, vocabulary from the beginning to now
  • Midterm Exam

I.A.

IV.A.

III.A.

Week 6

Midtermweek

 

 

Week 7

 

 

 

1. Functional

  • Talking about the post - midterm break
  • Listening comprehension
  • KURSBUCH S 61
  • “Exchanging goods vs. money”
  • Shopping addiction
  • Kaufrausch “Packen Sie’s ein. Alles!”
  • KURSBUCH S64
  • Reading short newspaper articles on recent topics 

2. Grammatical

  • Negation in word order and negating words

3. Vocabulary

  • Related to the topics

4. Culture

  • Poverty in Austria

 

  • Pairwork: Interviewing each other on  the post midterm break
  • Groupwork: Discussing the text: Kaufrausch “Packen Sie’s ein. Alles!”; Excercises on the grammar and the vocabulary
  • Quiz : Vocabulary and grammar of the week

I.A.

I.B.

II.B.

III.A.

 

Week 8

 

 

 

1. Functional

  • Future: Hopes; fears; belief in technical inventions
  • “Erinnerungen an die Zukunft”
  • KURSBUCH S. 68

2. Grammatical

  • Future tense
  • Subjunctive II (present tense; past tense)

3. Vocabulary

  • Related to the topics

4. Culture

  • Green energy in Austria and the U.S.
  • Example of modern German science fiction
  • Composition: Review of a science fiction novel
  • Groupwork : Answering questions and talking about personal beliefs about the future
  • Worksheets: future tense; subjunctive II
  • Exercises: grammar and vocabulary
  • Quiz: Vocabulary and grammar of the week  

I.A.

I.B.

IV.B.

V.B.

III.A.

III.B.

Week 9

1. Functional

  • Science fiction
  • Future
  • Newspaper articles of current interest for the students
  • Song: Tim Bedzko “Nur noch kurz die Welt retten”

2. Grammatical

  • Reviewing Subjunctive II in functional use of all tenses

3. Vocabulary

  • Related to the topics expressions of the time
  • Arbeitsbuch S 66/67

4. Culture

  • Modern musicians from Germany
  • Groupwork : Listening to a song together and finding missing words; Talking about the meaning of the song
  • Worksheets: Future tense ; Subjunctive II; Exercises on grammar and vocabulary
  • Quiz: Vocabulary and grammar of the week

 

I.A.

II.B.

III.A.

III.B.

IV.A.

 

Week 10

 

 

 

 

1. Functional

  • Thanksgiving
  • Work
  • Job descriptions
  • CV
  • Job advertisements
  • Newspaper articles on current events
  • Listening Comprehension KURSBUCH S 69

2. Grammatical

  • Reflexive words
  • Words with fixed prepostions
  • Konnektoren and prepositions (kausal; konsekutiv; konditional)

3. Vocabulary

  • Proverbs
  • Arbeitsbuch S 80
  • Useful phrases for a job interview

4. Culture

  • Working in Austria
  • Job situation in Austria
  • Composition: Applying for a job; Answering a job advertisement ; Describing a future job; Exercises on grammar and vocabulary
  • Groupwork: Job interview in German
  • Quiz : Vocabulary and grammar of the week 

I.A.

III.B.

IV.A.

V.B.

 

Week 11

1. Functional

  • Talking about Christmas in Vienna
  • Traditions of “Christmas markets”
  • Different Christmas traditions in all Europe in comparison.
  • Looking back on everything learned during the semester

2. Grammatical

  • Review of the passive form, relative pronouns, and relative clauses
  • Review of everything learned so far for the final

3. Vocabulary

  • Christmas
  • Traditions
  • Winter sports

4. Culture

  • Christmas in Europe
  • Exercises on grammar and vocabulary
  • Quiz : Vocabulary and grammar of the week
  • Groupwork: Review for final
  • Pairwork : Short presentations on selected topics of the semester
  • General questions for review

 

I.A.

I.B.

III.A.

III.C.

IV.A.

V.C 

Week 12

 

Finals

 

 

This content is for a typical fall semester syllabus. Content and field studies vary according to the season and the current events in Vienna.

Required readings: 
  • Em neu; Deutsch als Fremdsprache – Niveaustufe B2
  • Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch em neu; Deutsch als Fremdsprache – Niveaustufe B2 (HUEBER);
  • Grammar and exercises in form of handouts
  • Literary texts and newspaper articles.