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​German 101 Elementary German 1 (4 credits)

Course description

Basic grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary of the German language. Includes study of German-speaking cultures.  Practice of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  Prerequisites: none.

Course Objectives by Chapter (Lessons 1-5)

  1. You will learn common greetings and farewells; how to introduce yourself in terms of name, place/country of residence, and languages spoken; the interrogative words to ask from others the same; basic pronunciation; the alphabet for the purpose of spelling names; social courtesy expressions such as Entschuldigung, danke, bitte; common languages;  titles of courtesy; informal versus formal address; subject pronouns; and the present indicative of the verbs  heissen, kommen, sprechen, and sein.
  2. You will learn how to ask someone how he or she is doing; how to state how you yourself are doing; how to state what you would like to drink (as if you were in the student cafeteria); common beverages in the cafeteria in Germany;  the cardinal numbers 0-200; how to give and receive phone numbers and communicate addresses; present indicative of the verbs such as  trinken, möchten, nehmen, machen, mögen; arbeiten;
  3. You will learn how to talk about prices; how to state prices in Euros; ask how much something costs; vocabulary to describe and remark about basic objects you might buy at a flea market; vocabulary to conduct a basic transaction at a flea market; read authentic ads for buying and selling common items; cardinal numbers to 1 million; gender of nouns; definite, indefinite articles and the negating article kein; nominative and accusative case of nouns.
  4. You will learn how to tell and ask for time; express time of day in terms of morning, afternoon and night; talk about your daily routine; vocabulary for making plans with someone; ask when something begins and how long something lasts (a concert for example); days of the weeks; separable prefix verbs; understand some past tense forms of common verbs used to describe daily activities in printed text; read signs of businesses about their hours of operation.
  5. You will learn vocabulary for food items and expressions necessary for shopping and making purchases at the market, for example: ich hätte gern, was darf’s sein; write a shopping list; understand recipes; German weights, measurements; vocabulary for packaging and containers; plural forms of nouns;

​German 102 Elementary German II (4 credits)

Course description

Continued study of grammar and vocabulary of the German-speaking world and the study of German-speaking cultures.  Emphasis on speaking, reading, and writing skills.  Prerequisites: GER 101 or department approval.

Course Objectives by Chapter (Lessons 6-10)

  1. You will learn the vocabulary required to talk about your family members; expressions for talking and asking about family status, such as bist du ledig oder verheiratet? You will learn how to write and say the date; form ordinal numbers for the purpose of expressing birthdates and dates; cultural information about how birthdays are celebrated in Germany; months and seasons; possessive pronouns; simple past of haben and sein; the poem Zeitsätze by Rudolf Otto Wiemer; write your own Zeitsätze using hatte/war; vocabulary for common birthday gifts; the dative case.
  2. You will learn about important sights in the capital city of Berlin; you will learn the vocabulary for stating your location, asking for directions in the city and giving directions; negotiating the city of Berlin as a foreigner living there; imperative forms of verbs needed for giving directions; dative prepositions and 2-way prepositions; read an e-mail giving travel tips; vocabulary needed for asking about opening a bank account and registering with the Ausländermeldamt.
  3. You will learn the vocabulary for rooms of the house and their furnishings; types of housing in Germany; understand ads for housing and common abbreviations used in them; modal verbs können and wollen; talk about and describe your house/apartment; present perfect tense with haben.
  4. You will continue to talk about past events using present perfect tense; write a paragraph about a memorable event in the past; present perfect tense with sein; past tense time adverbs; important sights of the city of Vienna; create a travel itinerary for a stay in Vienna; read an e-mail in past tense about travel experiences;
  5. You will learn the vocabulary for occupations and to talk about your work world; vocabulary for a professional telephone conversation; the modal müssen; the dative verb gefallen; review of sentence bracket word order with separable prefix verbs; review of word order when introducing a modalverb; read and understand job postings;