German Language in Context: Competent Abroad

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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 Emerging Competent Abroad, as determined by placement test.

Description: 

Review of special grammatical points. Extensive oral work in conjunction with reading and writing, exercises focusing on literary texts, news articles, films, daily life and culture in Austria. Enhancement of student´s communicative abilities.

STUDENT PROFILE:

Students who enter this course will already be capable of achieving the outcomes of the Emerging Competent Abroad level as defined by the IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication. Students who take this level should already be familiar with most of the complex structures and linguistic functions that will be covered. They should not be surprised, however, to find that they will need to review these aspects of the language to develop greater fluency and more sensitivity to subtle and underlying linguistic and cultural meanings.

Students entering this level can succeed in a wide range of university courses designed for native speakers, provided they have met any prerequisites. Before registering, they should consult with the appropriate IES Abroad academic adviser on course selection.

By the end of this course, students will be fully able to meet the demands of living and working in the host culture. They will be able to communicate accurately, vividly, and expressively with their hosts on most topics. Students who succeed in this course will be able to function in a professional setting and to undertake further personal or professional projects in the host culture. Students will be able to understand local cultural attitudes, values, beliefs, and behavior patterns well enough to make informed choices about which cultural features he or she would like to adopt or needs to adopt in order to live harmoniously in the local culture.

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: 

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Correctly and appropriately use of new vocabulary, few minor slips but no significant errors
  • Communicate ideas coherently with a high degree of fluency, good command of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms
  • Select an appropriate formulation from a broad range of register to express him/herself clearly without having to restrict what he/she wants to say
  • Maintain a high degree of grammatical accuracy, errors should be rare and difficult to spot
  • Understand long and complex factual and literary texts without significant effort
  • Understand TV programs, news broadcast and movies without effort
  • Understand a wide range of university courses designed for native speakers
  • Understand a range of colloquial expressions and some relevant dialect expressions
  • Write clear, well-structured texts of complex subjects, supporting points of view at some length
  • Write in different formats, e.g. letter, report, summary, newspaper article, short poems of various format, essay in a variety of styles
  • Understand similarities and differences of some aspects of Austrian/German and US-culture.

Students who are placed in this level should have achieved the outcomes in the Emerging Competent 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 the outcomes for the Competent 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 be able to express their own ideas, perspectives, and arguments thoroughly and yet tactfully, using language proficiency, sociolinguistic skills, and cultural knowledge.
    2. Students will be able to perform any activity (social, academic, professional) a local student of their age, skills, and background would do with a considerable degree of success.
  2. Listening
    1. Students will be able to recognize and appreciate the beauty and richness of language when they hear it.
    2. Students will be able to understand nearly all speakers on a wide range of complex topics, including their digressions, side comments, and humor.
  3. Speaking
    1. Students will be able to talk about abstract ideas and concepts, engage in agreement or disagreement, and defend their opinions with supporting evidence.
    2. Students will be able to use the language for a wide range of presentational and creative purposes.
    3. Students will be able to use an extensive variety of colloquial expressions and humor effectively.
    4. Students will be capable of varying their language to make subtle and complex distinctions (e.g. formality and informality) with a wide array of native speakers.
  4. Reading
    1. Students will be able to read and understand a broad range of academic resources and popular texts from the local community (print or online).
    2. Students will be able to understand the main ideas and supporting details when reading many works of literature and nonfiction with some assistance at times.
    3. Students will be able to recognize and appreciate the beauty and richness of the written word.
  5. Writing
    1. Students will be able to write academic texts that describe, relate, report, compare and contrast, analyze, and summarize with a high degree of precision and accuracy on a wide range of topics.
    2. Students will be able to distinguish between the written style and the spoken style, and will be able to use the written style effectively with little assistance.
Method of presentation: 

Three week intensive period followed by eleven week regular semester period

  • Oral and written exercises based on classroom materials
  • Excursions (cafés, museums, exhibits, places of cultural interest)
Required work and form of assessment: 
  • Oral work and class performance / participation - 40%
  • Homework (essays, readings, vocabulary etc.) - 10%
  • Tests and quizzes - 25 %
  • Midterm (final) semester exam - 25%
content: 

Intensive

Week

Content

Assignments

Corresponding

Learning

Outcome(s)

Week 1

1.Functional:

  • Talking about personal identity
  • Useful class language and phrases food specialties
  • Kap. 10 Erinnerungen

2.Grammatical:

  • Review Interrogatives
  • Word order complex sentences
  • Conjunctions

3. Vocabulary:

  • Specific foods and drinks: breakfast, Heuriger, Most, Sturm
  • Provinces of Austria, characteristics
  • Ö Nationalcharakter (Koppensteiner)
  • Cliché, stereotype, prejudice

4.Culture:

  • Historic component
  • Austria and neighboring countries
  • Roman roots
  • J. Koppensteiner: the Austrian national character
  • Comparison of German speaking
  • Countries
  • Current news media reports
  • E. Canetti, D. gerettete Zunge (excerpt)
  • Interviewing classmates in order to get to know each other
  • Asking about motivation for studying in Austria
  • Field study: shopping at various open air markets in Vienna
  • Presentation: open air markets in Vienna
  • essay: expectations of cultural experience

I.A., I.B.,
II.A.,II B.,

III.A., III.B.,III.C.
IV.A.,B.,C.,
V.B.

Week 2

1.Functional:

  • Painting and style 1900
  • Schiele, Klimt
  • Describing paintings
  • Kap 9 Ein Leben für die Kunst

2.Grammatical:

  • Part I, Part II
  • Gerund
  • Konnektoren

3.Vocabulary:

  • Painting and paintings
  • Material and style
  • Geometric shapes
  • Kap 9 Mod3

4.Culture:

  • 100 yrs commemoration death G.Klimt
  • Proverbs Part I Part II
  • Traditional coffeehouses in Vienna
  • Current news media reports
  • Presentation: Austrian celebrities
  • Austrian world famous companies
  • Field study: museum visit Klimt
  • essay: favourite painting

I.A.,I.B.,

II.A.,II.B.,

III.A.,III.B.,

IV.A.,IV.B.,

V.A.,V.B.

Week 3

1. Functional:

  • Kap 8 Mod 3
  • Vermutung ausdrücken

2.Grammatical:

  • Modal verbs subjective usage
  • n-declension nouns

3.Vocabulary:

  • Redemittel Erziehung Kap 8 Mod4
  • Frl Else
  • Das weiße Band

4.Culture:

  • 100 yrs commemoration death A. Schnitzler
  • Das weiße Band
  • current news media reports
  • Schnitzler: Frl Else
  • Questions and group discussion on the reading
  • Field study: café in Vienna
  • Haneke: Das w. Band
  • Group discussion: Comparison 1900 represented in arts Ö:D
  • Essay: inner monologue
  • INTENSIVE FINAL EXAM

I.A.,I.B.,

II.A.,II.B.,

III.A.,III.B.,

IV.A.,IV.B.

V.A.,V.B.

 

Semester

Week

Contents

Assignments

Learning Outcomes

Week 1

1. Functional:

  • Talking about time
  • Useful class language and phrases
  • Alltägliches

2. Grammatical:

  • Adjective endings
  • Man, einen, einem

3. Vocabulary:

  • Kap 1 Modul 1

4. Culture:

  • Presse: Verkaufsstopp harte Alk
  • Questions on text
  • Sprichwörter und Redewendungen
  • Kap 1 Mod 1
  • Group discussion: Bedeutung von Zeit
  • Essay: Meine Zeit

I.A.,

III.A.,

IV. A.,

V. A.

Week 2

1. Functional:

  • Talking about jobs
  • An die Arbeit
  • Ein bunter Lebenslauf

2. Grammatical:

  • Attributes
  • Kennen, wissen, können, kennenlernen

3. Vocabulary:

  • Kap 2 Mod 1

4. Culture:

  •  Traditional food in Austria
  • Read and analyse text
  • Asking questions about dream job
  • Essay: dream job

I.A., B.,

II. B.

III. A.,

IV.A., D.

V. A.

Week 3

1. Functional:

  • Multitasking
  • Advertisments

2. Grammatical:

  • Indefinite pronouns
  • Adjectives as nouns
  • Relative Konnektoren

3. Vocabulary:

  • Kap 2 Mod 3

4. Culture:

  • Stronach präsentiert seine Partei
  • Expert gives advice
  • Talking about multitasking
  • Essay: advertisement

I.A., B.,

II.B.,

III.,A.,C.,

IV.A.,

V.A.,B.

Week 4

1.Functional:

  • Soft Skills

2.Grammatical:

  • Relative pronouns

3.Vocabulary:

  • Making suggestions
  • Kap 2 Mod 4
  • Other relevant vocab

4.Culture:

  • Wehrpflicht oder Berufsheer
  • Read and analyse text
  • Make suggestions
  • Essay: Student’s relevant soft skills

I. A.,B.,

II. B.,

III.A.,B.,C.,D.,

IV.A.,

V.A.

Week 5

1.Functional:

  • Political system in Austria
  • Gute Vorsätze
  • Freiwillig

2.Grammatical:

  • Kausal-,Konzessiv-,Final-, Konsekutivsatz

3.Vocabulary:

  • Kap 5 Mod 1 Mod 4

4.Culture:

  • Film: Mama illegal
  • Besuch im Nationalrat
  • Read and analyze text
  • Group discussion: Ehrenamt
  • Hermann Gmeiner
  • Essay: Freiwilliges Engagement heute
  • MIDTERM EXAM

I.A.,B.,

II.B.,

III.A.,C.,D.,

IV.A.,

V.A.,B.

Week 6

Midterm week

   

Week 7

1.Functional:

  • Kap. 9 Die schöne Welt der Künste
  • Lyrik

2.Grammatical:

  • Passiv
  • Nominalisierungen bei Passiv

3.Vocabulary:

  • Kap 9

4.Culture:

  • Comparison of poems
  • Elfchen Freie Verse
  • Herta Müller Gedichtcollagen
  • Fontane Bio
  • Essay: comparison of 2 Fontane poems

I.A.,B.,

II.A.,B.,

III.A.,B.,C.,D.,

IV.A.,B.,C.,

V.B.

Week 8

1.Functional:

  • Kap. 9
  • Reimformen
  • Versmaß

2.Grammatical:

  • Grammar: sep/insep verbs/complex (eg. umfahren, übersetzen)

3.Vocabulary:

  • Relevant Vocab

4.Culture:

  • Experimentelle Gedichte: E. Gomringer, E. Jandl
  • Discussion: G. Grass Was gesagt werden muss
  • Die Presse: Ein Dichter ist einer, der dichtet
  • Essay: Ein Dichter ist einer, der dichtet

I.A.,B.,

II.A.,B.,

III.A.,B.,C.,D.,

IV.A.,B.,C.,

V.B.

Week 9

1.Functional:

  • E. Kästner Entwicklung der Menschheit
  • W. Busch Max u Moritz
  • Lieder Kreisler

2.Grammatical:

  • Subjunctive II

3.Vocabulary:

  • Relevant Vocab

4.Culture:

  • Current film: Ein halbes Leben
  • Essay: Wenn ich könnte, wie ich wollte…
  • Presentation: Struwwelpeter
  • Giving advice

I.A.,B.,

II.A.,B.,

III.A.,B.,C.,D.,

IV.A.,B.,C.,

V.B.

Week 10

1.Functional:

  • Kap. 6

2.Grammatical:

  • Passiv mit Modalverb Infinitivsätze

3.Vocabulary:

  • Kap 6

4.Culture:

  • Current
  • Read and analyse texts
  • Presentation: Allergien und Behandlung
  • Group discussion: Allergien

I. A.,

III.A.,B.,

IV.A.,

V.A.

Week 11

1.Functional:

  • Kap. 7

2.Grammatical:

  • Subj I + diff. forms of quoting so: preposit. express., subclause
  • Wendungen mit Genitiv

3.Vocabulary:

  • Kap 7

4.Culture:

  • Der Richter und sein Henker
  • Group discussion: crime
  • Essay: Der Richter und sein Henker

I. A.,

II. A.,

III.A.,B.,

IV.A.,

V.A.

Week 12

1.Functional:

  • Kap 7

2.Grammatical:

  • Präpo Dat
  • Präpo Gen
  • Subj. I

3.Vocabulary:

  • Kap 7

4.Culture:

  • Film: Die Fälscher
  • Group discussion movie
  • Essay: summary news article + diff. forms of quoting
  • Final essay: Die Fälscher
  • FINAL EXAM

I. A.,B.,

II. A.,B.,

III.A.,B.,

IV.A.,

V.A.

 

Required readings: 

All material available at IES Vienna

  • Aspekte. Mittelstufe Deutsch. Niveau C1. Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch 3. Langenscheidt, Berlin und München 2010
  • Sparks, Kimberly, and Van Horn Vail. German in Review. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986.
  • Grammar and exercises in form of handouts; current newspapers; video and audio tapes