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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "GER 101"
COURSE NAME: "Introductory German I"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2017
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Frauke Schweers-Hamp
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 1:00-2:50 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 60
CREDITS: 4
PREREQUISITES: This course carries 4 semester hours of credit during the Fall and Spring terms.
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to give students basic communicative ability in German. By presenting the language in a variety of authentic contexts, the course also seeks to provide an introduction to German culture and society. Students work on all four language skills: speaking, listening
comprehension, reading, and writing. 
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
  1. Communicative strategies

    Acquire tools and skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, to communicate in German with a basic degree of fluency in real-life situations.

  2. Grammar

    Study the structure of the German language, and develop an understanding of basic grammatical concepts.

  3. Increase intercultural awareness by exploring communities in the German speaking countries and develop critical thinking skills by making analytical cross-cultural comparisons.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

1. Communicative strategies: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to communicate in German with a basic degree of fluency in real-life situations in the following contexts:

  1. Greet people, introduce yourself, share basic personal information, your age, where you are from, discuss your classes, where you live, what you do, you need, you want, and will do, your likes and dislikes, the weather, your pastimes and leisure activities during each season.

  2. Use numbers to express quantities, tell time, days, months.

  3. Talk about weather, seasons, colors and nationalities

  4. Talk about friends, hobbies, leisure activities.

  5. Talk about clothing and shopping.

  6. Describe you, members of immediate and extended family, and other people (personality and physical descriptions.)

  7. Talk about what you like, prefer, and dislike.

  8. Use question words and ask questions about everything you can express.

 

2. Grammar: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to use, combine, and integrate the following structures into meaningful sentences:

  • Articles, nouns, pronouns, and adjectives.

  • Present tense of verbs Sein, and haben, regular, irregular, and stem-changing verbs

  • Past Tense

  • Descriptive, demonstrative, and possessive adjectives

  • Direct object and pronouns

 

            Compare cognates, word order, and syntactical functions, and verb conjugations.

 

            Use formal and informal language.

TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Netzwerk A 1.1.Dengler, Rusch, Schmitz, SieberKlett978-3-12-606131-5  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
2 tests 20%
midterm exam 20%
oral exams 20%
final exam 30%
participation and homework 10%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATION POLICY

Students are required to come prepared to class and to participate actively. Regular attendance is an essential component of class participation. Students are allowed four unjustified absences. The final grade will be lowered by 2 points for each additional absence. If you arrive late to class, after three times it will count as 1 absent. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed.

You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam.   
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

WEEK 1         

 

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Learning to ask questions







W-Fragen: Wie heißt du?

Introduce yourself, tell others where you come from and ask others where they come from, learning how to greet and say good bye

Spot: Gar nicht so einfach (pronunciation of German)

Spot of the Goethe-Institute

Personal pronoun ich/ du/ Sie

Preposition in7aus

Countries and languages, alphabet

Sprachenmännchen: Me and my language

 

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Conjugation of verbs heißen, kommen, sprechen, sein

Alphabet, name cards,  telephone conversation

German speaking countries

 

WEEK 2     .

                     

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Possessive articles mein, meine

Introduce family and friends

hobbys

Personal pronouns er, sie, wir, ihr, sie

 Addressing people

Wie geht`s? How are you?

Spot: Eine große Idee für 2 (Smart for 2)

 Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Verb conjugation leben, haben, …

Introducing other people

Partner interview

 Preposition aus

Fill out forms

 

 

 

WEEK 3    

 

           Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Verb conjugation

Freetime , hobby and friends

comparing hobbys

die Verben: spielen und lesen



Yes
/no questions

 

 

 

       Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Articles: der, die das

friends and colleagues

Asking questions

 

talking about hobbys

Interview your partner: Was sind deine Hobbys?

 

WEEK 4     



 

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Definite articles

days of the week

Song. Daliah Lavi: Wann kommst du?

 Adjectives

calender

Pantomime : What is my profession?

 Plural of nouns

my job

 

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Singular and plural of nouns

Four seasons

Video: making an appointment

Plural classification

online registraton

role play: making an appointment

                                                           

           

WEEK 5          



 

             Grammar

                   Lexis

Culture & Communication

definite articles

finding your way

asking for directions

 indefinite articles

 

 

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

negation

links rechts geradeaus (directions)

Describing your way

 

 

 

 

 

Week 6          



 

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Imperativ

international words

German Cities

 

 

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Revise grammar

revise vocabulay

Role plays

                                                           

Week 7                          MIDTERM TEST

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Midterm Test

Midterm Test

 Midterm Test

 

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Preparation of the oral exam



Verbs with Akkusativ

Food and Drinks

Eating habits in Germany

 

Week 8                          ORAL TEST

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

 Oral Test 1







Verb with a change of vocal: essen

 Oral Test







breakfast lunch dinner

Oral Test

 



partner interview: Was isst du gerne?

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

 Verbs with Akkusativ

 inviting people

planning a dinner

 

Week 9           



Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

das Verb "mögen"

Guten Appetit



Prost/Zum Wohl

Jobs in Germany

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

das Verb "schmecken"

Working with mindmaps

Film: breakfast with family Berg

Week 10          

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Wann?



am/um/von/bis 3 Uhr

everday life



wie spät ist es? what`s the time?

your day routine

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Possessiveartikel: Mein/meine

family and appointments

 

song: Laing: Immer müde

Week 11         



Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Modalverb : Können

making an appointmen



Pünktlichkeit (punctuality)

Introduce your weekend to the class

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Modalverb müssen wollen

relatives

Nur kurz die Welt retten. Song by Tim Benzko

 

Week 12         



Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Datum: Wann? Am ersten Januar

talking about birthdays

Time out/Geburtstagsschlang

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

separable verbs (trennbare Verben) and Präteritum

understand and write an invitation

Mein Tag (describe your day)

Week 13         



Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Introducing and 



Categorization of Partizip II

see You Tube Video

Song and Video: Revolverheld: Deine Nähe tut mir weh

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Revise the grammar

Revise the vocabulary

Questions and answers

Week 14           

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Revise the grammar

Repeating vocabulary

Questions and answers

Grammar

Lexis

Culture & Communication

Oral Test 2

Oral Test 2

Oral Test