LANG 1900 & LANG 1902 eCourse
Elementary German I
3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Christa Henderson
An introductory course in general education designed to develop the
skills needed to communicate in German at a basic level in everyday
situations. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on discussion
skills, such as speaking, listening, and using cultural background
information. Reading and writing skills, as well as a thorough study
of basic grammatical structures are also seen as essential to achieve
the main objective of communication. Lab work, taped conversations,
videos, and exercises accompanying the text reinforce classroom work.
Supplementary materials to expand vocabulary and understanding of
the German language cultures will be introduced at appropriate times.
Elementary German II
5 Credit Hours
Instructor: Christa Henderson
This is the second semester of German and is a continuation of
Elementary German I. This course is designed to develop the skills
needed to communicate in German at the basic level in everyday situations. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on discussion
skills, such as speaking, listening and using cultural background information. Reading and writing skills, as well as a thorough study of basic grammatical structures, are also seen as essential to achieve the main objective of communication. Lab work, taped conversations and exercises accompanying the text reinforce classroom work. Supplementary materials to expand vocabulary and understanding of the German language cultures will be introduced at appropriate times.
Q. It is reported that German is the most widely spoken language in Europe; are there any differences among the dialects or can everyone communicate with each other?
A. "To this day one can still hear many different dialects in Germany. Some linguists say there still are as many as 250 distinct German dialects. The southern end of Germany borders the countries of Switzerland and Austria." However, "Standarddeutsch or Hochdeutsch) is the standardized variety of the German language used in formal contexts, and for communication between different dialect areas." Therefore, everyone can communicate in all parts of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Morover, Standarddeutsch or Hochdeutsch is taught at all Grade Schools, High Schools and Institution of Higher Learning in Germany and around the Globe.
Q. In your opinion, what is the most important reason students should study German?
A. According to the Goethe Institute "Knowing the language of your German business partners improves your relations and therefore your chances for effective communication and success." Furthermore, the knowledge of German opens opportunities with German and foreign companies in the US and abroad and in the Media. Moreover, German is the second most used scientific language in the world.
Q. Why should someone learn another language?
A. According to research studying a foreign language can improve skills in math and English. "Research has shown that math and verbal scores climb higher with each additional year of foreign language study, which means that the longer one studies a foreign language, the stronger the skills become to succeed in school. Studying a foreign language improves analytic and interpretive capacities."
Q. Are your courses taught completely in German?
A. 90% of the courses are taught in German using modern technology. Moreover, I will assist students to make the learning process enjoyable.
Q. How can a person best prepare themselves to learn another language?
A. Students studying a foreign language need to study at least two hours a day. Depending on how long they study, students can gain different levels of fluency.
Q. After taking German I and II, would a student be able to travel to Germany and speak conversationally with other people?
A. Students taking German I and II can achieve the level of intermediate high level to advanced low/mid level, based on the students willingness to study German. Meaning they will be able to handle successfully a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks (informal and formal conversations) . For Example: They can give personal information (family and self) and can express physical and social needs (shopping, food, travel and loading).
Q. How many significant scientific and artistic works are written in German? Couldn’t students just read an English translation of those books?
A. German is the second most commonly used scientific language. In the arts many works from the 19th and 20th century are not translated into English. Therefore, it is very important when studying science, engineering and literature to have knowledge in the German language. Moreover, Germans are the world leader in engineering and technology.
Q. How similar are the German and English languages?
A. German and English are similar, because both are Germanic languages and very closely related. For example, look at these words:
Haus = house, Buch = book, Finger = finger, Hand = hand, Name = name, Mutter = mother, schwimmen = to swim, singen = to sing, kommen = to come, blau = blue, alt = old, windig = windy
Q. Could a student study abroad in Germany after completing German I and II?
A. Students demonstrating an intermediate level of German (German I and German II) have the opportunity studying in Germany to further their fluency in German and to enhance their knowledge in science and the arts.
Q. What is your favorite part of teaching students German?
A. I like to teach the German culture, literature and conversational German.
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