Introductory German - Fall 2019/Spring 2020 - Dr. Gordana-Dana Grozdanic
(GER101-1 FA19/SP20)

This year-long course is designed for the beginning student with no previous knowledge of German. It focuses on the development of language competencies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The textbook Kontakte in conjunction with its workbook and audio program with listening comprehension exercises, offers a balanced approach to developing your individual language competencies. This course is intensive and is intended for dedicated, highly selfmotivated students who will take responsibility for their learning and creation of meaning with their peers. By the end of the year you will be able to:

  • engage in simple conversations about familiar things. 
  • use everyday expressions, count and tell time, and negate sentences in day-to-day contexts. 
  • talk about yourself and your family and friends. 
  • speak about events that happened in the immediate past and express plans for the future. 
  • In addition, you will have developed reading strategies that allow you to glean information from simple newspaper and magazine articles and short literary texts.

As cultural knowledge is one of the foci of the course, we will learn about practical life in Germany and explore German-speaking cultures.

Kontakte: A Communicative Approach 8e: McGraw-Hill, 2016 by Erwin Tschirner, Brigitte Nikolai and Tracy D. Terrell

Arbeitsbuch to accompany Kontakte: A Communicative Approach