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Manfred Bansleben
GERMAN 101
Seattle Campus

First-Year German

The methods and objectives are primarily communicative, with emphasis on speaking and listening. Secondary objectives are reading and writing. (Cannot be taken for credit if German is language of admission). First in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: score of 0-11 on GER TL placement test if German is language of admission.

Class description

Course Goals Welcome to Beginning German. It is never easy to learn a foreign language and it is not easy to learn German. We are, however, convinced that the learning of a foreign language--and the learning of German--is a worthwhile and rewarding experience. We believe that the primary goal of language instruction should be the development of communication. Through our approach we hope to achieve a high degree of interaction in the classroom and make your learning of German even enjoyable. We would like to teach you how to communicate meaningfully in German from the very first moment and at the same time to understand better the culture, daily life, and attitudes of the German speaking peoples. We will teach you the language as it is spoken and written in Germany, Austria, and parts of Switzerland. We will give equal emphasis to all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Homework and Attendance

It is simply not possible to make satisfactory progress in this or any other language course without punctual submission of assignments and thorough preparation for class. Because participation is an integral part of learning a foreign language, it is absolutely necessary that you attend class regularly, and absences will affect your final grade considerably. Tests or quizzes must be taken on dates and times indicated.

Class assignments and grading

Homework and Attendance

It is simply not possible to make satisfactory progress in this or any other language course without punctual submission of assignments and thorough preparation for class. Because participation is an integral part of learning a foreign language, it is absolutely necessary that you attend class regularly, and absences will affect your final grade considerably. Tests or quizzes must be taken on dates and times indicated in the syallabus. The final exam for German 101 will be Saturday, March 14, 1998; time and location t.b.a.

Final Grade Tests 30% Final Exam 20% Oral Performance 25% Lab, Homework 25%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Eric D. Ruehr
Date: 03/03/1998