GERMAN 2Z03 INTERMED GERMAN I
Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2014/2015
Instructor: Dr. Nikolai Penner
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 507
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24777
Office Hours: Wednesday 13:00-14:00
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
This course is a continuation of German 1Z06 and is intended for students who are at level A1 of C.E.R. This course continues to use TPRS as the main method of instruction, so there will be little painful learning by heart, no lengthy grammar explanations or hardly any grammar drills or worksheets. However, more attention will be devoted to explanation of grammatical and cultural topics than compared to the first-year course.
At the end of the course, students should reach level A2.1 level of C.E.F. and are expected to:
- understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
- communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
- describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
- be able to fluently write in German on familiar topics (100 words in 5 minutes);
Please note that teaching the facts about the German language, culture, or giving a thorough knowledge and understanding grammatical rules are not the primary objectives of this course
Please be warned that German 1B03/2Z03 is a fun course. We will talk about silly things and we will do things that 'serious' students will find too juvenile. Therefore, when you come to the German classroom, leave all problems and negativity outside, take your sense of humour along, and get ready to have fun!
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
Instead of a textbook, you will be required to purchase four short e-books for beginning-intermediate students of German. The first three of them are collections of short stories by André Klein following experiences of a young immigrant in Germany:
1) Café in Berlin
2) Ferien in Frankfurt
3) Karneval in Köln
These three books are available on amazon.ca for just over $3 each.
The title of the fourth book will be announced in class later in the semester and will depend on the group's preferences.
A smaller-size German dictionary will come in very handy.
For the conceptual learners who would like to know more about grammar rules and maybe do some drills, a collection of links to explanatory videos and other explanations of all grammar used in the course is provided on Avenue.
Method of Assessment:
At the end of most classes, there will be short quizzes, typically under 5 minutes long.
Please note that all quizzes are unannounced and cumulative. This allows me to see what material has been taught for long-term memory and to go back if some parts need to be revisited. I want to see what you have in your long-term memory and not what you studied the night before. At the end of the term, I will drop one lowest mark you get or one ‘zero’ for a missed quiz. The exact number of quizzes will depend of the group’s progress but typically there are between 10 and 15 quizzes every semester.
You can earn a maximum of 10 participation points by attending the class and actively taking part in in-class activities. You have to look and act excited, interested and engaged. 🙂
Absences: Because most of the learning will take place in the classroom in this course, you are allowed to miss two classes per term without any penalties. Every further absence will reduce your participation mark by 1% up to the maximum of 10% (the participation mark). Of course, absences due to medical reasons with adequate documentation are excused.
I will do my absolute best to make sure that you acquire German during the class time by simply paying attention and participating in various activities. However, if you miss a class, you will have to learn the same information ‘the hard way’.
Throughout the semester, you will be assigned a number of written tasks. These will be written both in class and occasionally as homework.
There will be one larger test in the middle of the semester which will contain all the material we have learned in class up to that point.
You will be expected to read a lot in German in this course. I have selected four novels that you will need to have read during the course. After reading each novel, you will be given a True/False type test checking your understanding of the book’s content. You will be allowed to use the book to verify the details but you will only have 5-10 minutes to complete the test. Therefore, you do need to know the text really well as you will not enough time if you look up every single answer.
There will be a final examination at the end of the term.
In the second half of the term you will be assigned a take-home project which will then be presented to class during the last several weeks of the term.
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
MISSED WORK: This course places a heavy emphasis on learning in class, therefore, absences cannot be excused. Unless you have a doctor's note or fill out an MSAF, no course-related work can be re-written or made-up for. If you decide to miss a class during which a graded activity took place, you will get a 'zero' for missing that activity.
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- improper collaboration in group work.
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