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2233 Intermediate German

Course Details

Course Number
21218
Section Number
21218
Semester
Spring 2015
Location
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
175
Days & Times

Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30-1:50 p.m.

Professor
Dr. Yvonne Franke (view Profile)

Textbooks

Deutsch: Na Klar!
Textbook
ISBN:
Deutsch: Na Klar!
Workbook
ISBN:
Course Objectives

COURSE CONTENT AND METHODOLOGY

The language teaching community agrees that learning language and culture are inextricably connected. Thus, this course focuses on developing students’ German-language proficiency through modes of communication that reflect real life communication in the varied cultures of the German-speaking world.  By employing interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communicative modes in German, students will explore the ideas, values, beliefs and other cultural aspects in German-speaking countries and how these aspects work together to affect human experience.

 

 

COURSE GOALS:

We will cover chapters 12-14 of the textbook, and work through a childrens’ book in German language. This is a four-skills language course, in which you will develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in German for the purpose of exploring ideas that foster aesthetic and intellectual creation in order that students may understand the human condition across cultures. By the completion of this course, students who have attended classes regularly and successfully completed all listening, written, lab, and computer assignments, as well as ALL exams (with a minimum grade of B-) should be able to:

 

(a)            Provide detailed information about themselves, their families, interests, likes and dislikes, daily activities, and express personal opinions about socio-political topics in German;

(b)            Understand and participate in conversations on a variety of everyday topics and specific issues (e.g. media, environment.)

(c)             Read and comprehend edited texts (e.g. short stories, and process important information from a variety of “authentic” texts (e.g. films)

(d)            Use and understand a range of essential vocabulary words and grammatical structures related to everyday life activities and specific situations, such as talking about historical events and politics;

(f)            Pronounce German well enough to be comprehensible to a German speaker;

(g) Describe and illustrate aspects of the cultures of German-speaking countries and make comparisons between these cultures and his/her own culture using basic linguistic structures and vocabulary in the target language;

(h)            Evaluate his/her own values, behaviors and worldviews on the socio-cultural topics presented and compare these to those of German-speakers

Course Expectations

Class Participation and Attendance

I will take attendance every day. Students are required to be in class for the entire 75-minute period. Students may be counted absent if arriving more than 10 minutes late or leaving class early. This syllabus serves as notice that a student may be dropped from the class without further notification if absent more than five times. Please note that if a student decides to drop the course, he/she must follow university procedure for dropping a course in order to receive a “W.” 

 

Absences due to official university functions or documented illness will be dealt with on an individual basis and should be discussed with the instructor outside of class time. There are no “excused absences” from regular class periods. If a student misses an exam, he/she must present documented proof of illness or university activity to the instructor before a make-up exam will be allowed.

 

Students will be expected to come to class prepared to participate actively in all discussions and activities. Participation grades will be given daily on a 0-10 scale based on both QUALITY and QUANTITY of your contributions, according to the following criteria:

 

0 =            absent

7 =            absolute minimal (present, but doesn’t contribute)

8 =            average participation (contributed only once)

9 =            above average participation (contributed twice)

10 =            exceptional participation (contributed three times or more)

Daily Homework

Unless stated otherwise for some assignments, written homework is always due next class. Homework for each day is listed on the bi-weekly homework sheets, which are posted on D2L. I will not explicitly mention the individual homework assignments during class. It is your responsibility to check D2L every day and find the corresponding assignment. It is important to do your homework EVERY DAY, because the assignments are specifically designed to practice what has been covered during class and to prepare you for the next day of class. I will only accept the submission of assignments on the days they are due (which is usually the next day of class).

Grading of homework: Unlike your essays, you will not receive a letter grade, but are rather graded based on a + / √  / - / 0-scale. (+/plus = good; √  / check = satisfactory;  -/ minus = marginal/missing parts/lack of self-correction; 0 / zero = not handed in).

NOTE: This is a three-credit course. If you want to pass it successfully, be prepared to do a MINIMUM of three hours of homework a week.

 

Any assignment for which an answer key is provided (Workbook) has to be self-corrected, using a different color (except red) BEFORE turning it in.

 

EXTRA CREDIT: Students may receive a BONUS of up to 10 percentage points on the FINAL EXAM. The amount of bonus points earned depends on the percentage of homework assignments completed. A bonus percentage point is earned for each 10% of total homework assignments completed. Thus, if 100% of homework assignments are completed, the student earns 10 percentage points. If only 90% of homework assignments are completed, the student earns 9 percentage points, and so on. In order to qualify for this bonus, the student MUST TURN IN A MINIMUM OF 50% OF ALL HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS. Note that this assures you of at least 5 bonus percentage points on the final exam. This bonus will be penalized by unexcused absences; each unexcused absence beyond the fifth will reduce the maximum earnable bonus percentage points by 1. Thus, a student with 4 unexcused absences can earn only 9 bonus percentage points, even if 100% of the homework assignments are completed.

 

Compositions/Essays

You will write three compositions/essays in German language during the course of the semester. Students are expected to write a coherent text (of about 150 words) on the assigned topic. The purpose of this activity is to strengthen your ability to use German to communicate on a range of everyday topics. There is no need for extensive use of dictionaries to find new vocabulary words.

Compositions will be graded on:           

 

- clarity

- quality and quantity of content provided

- appropriate use of familiar vocabulary

- grammatical accuracy

- spelling

 

Double-space and entitle your essay, and put your name, class section, and date (dd.mm.yyyy) at the top.

You need to print out your essay and bring it to class or to my office the day it is due. Do not send it to me via e-mail, unless I explicitly allowed you to do so. Late compositions will not be accepted and calculated as 0.

The essays can be corrected for a grade improvement of up to 10% within one week. Writing and re-writing essays provides excellent language practice and gives you the opportunity to use the language you are learning to convey your own thoughts and ideas.

 

 

Quizzes

There will be several quizzes, in which you will show how you have mastered the material of the previous days. Quizzes may NOT be made up unless students can provide appropriate documentation for their absences. At the end of the term, the lowest quiz grade will be dropped.

 

 

Chapter Tests

There will be three chapter tests that will be administered on the dates announced. They will cover the material in individual chapters and will build upon previously covered material.

 

No chapter tests will be made up without a valid medical excuse. You must e-mail or call me BEFORE the exam is administered. If you miss a quiz or test, and are not properly excused, your grade is calculated as 0.

Tests may be corrected within one week for a final 5% improvement of the grade. This can only be achieved if ALL errors have been corrected. The corrections have to be written on a separate sheet of paper, and each error needs to be corrected, using a different color, within a complete sentence.

 

 

Presentation

Every student will present on a self-chosen topic related to German culture. The presentation will be in German and will last up to 5 minutes. Students need to discuss the topic and approach with me at least two weeks in advance.

 

 

Final Written Exam

A 2-hour comprehensive final exam that covers the material of the whole semester. Time and location TBA.

Grading Standards

Your course grade is based upon the following:

 

Classwork (attendance, participation)                        15%

Homework (WB, LM, CD, www, handouts)                10%

Quizzes (a minimum of 7 short quizzes)                    15% (weakest quiz doesn’t count)

Chapter Tests                                                             25%

Compositions                                                             15%

Presentation                                                                 5%

Comprehensive Final Exam                                       15%                                                           

                                                                                    100%

Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Class Attendance

I will take attendance every day. Students are required to be in class for the entire 75-minute period. Students may be counted absent if arriving more than 10 minutes late or leaving class early. This syllabus serves as notice that a student may be dropped from the class without further notification if absent more than five times. Please note that if a student decides to drop the course, he/she must follow university procedure for dropping a course in order to receive a “W.” 

Absences due to official university functions or documented illness will be dealt with on an individual basis and should be discussed with the instructor outside of class time. There are no “excused absences” from regular class periods. If a student misses an exam, he/she must present documented proof of illness or university activity to the instructor before a make-up exam will be allowed.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.