Princeton University Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures German 102-5

Spring 2012 Instructor: Jamie Rankin ( East Pyne 208 / 258-4135 Texts: Sevin & Sevin, Wie geht's? (9th ed.) Rankin/Wells, Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (5th ed.) Dürrenmatt, Der Besuch der alten Dame [Diogenes] Donnersmarck, Das Leben der anderen [Suhrkamp] Goals: German 102-5 is designed to facilitate your acquisition of German in a challenging, intensive, and communicative environment, building upon the foundation of German 101 and covering the grammatical and lexical syllabus of both German 102 and 105. The course differs considerably from these, however, in terms of pace, input, classroom participation, and expectations. Each student will be required to devote substantial time to preparation of daily grammar, readings, and writing assignments, and will be expected to take on a very active role in class. There will be additional input from German media and German-speaking guest speakers. These will provide a wide range of vocabulary and syntactic structures. By the end of the course, you should be able to read moderately difficult literary texts (with some glossary help) and discuss them on the level of plot and general interpretation; express yourself in writing clearly and with an acceptable vocabulary range for personal narrative and basic literary analysis; carry on extended conversations on a variety of topics; and comprehend various sources of aural input (movies, radio plays, spontaneous dialogue). Communicative proficiency in each area of language skill (speaking, listening, writing, reading) is our goal; this means that situational and stylistic appropriateness, cultural understanding, semantic range, and structural accuracy are all considered important. Perfect attendance is assumed; after three unexcused absences, each additional absence will lower your final grade by one-third, i.e., the fourth absence will take an A- to a B+, the fifth absence will lower an Ato a B, and so on. Your instructor will remind you of this consequence following your third unexcused absence. Class: M-F 12:00-1:20

Assignments / Evaluation: speaking: engaged participation in each class session (which assumes punctual arrival to class); oral tests in conjunction with each written test daily reading assignments of at least 2-3 pages for in-class discussion; “extensive reading” on your own for at least one hour per week, beginning in the second week of the course


grammar and word choice before you hand it in – a practice actively encouraged in some courses – is not permitted. to discuss the assignment with your instructor and follow the instructor’s guidelines carefully. written or oral. is assumed to represent your own language competence. interviews with German native speakers listening: Tests: I (Chs. and Responsibilities (not to mention common sense) makes clear. and any graded assignment. grammar and word choice (among other things) that form the basis of evaluation in this course. . German TV and films. 10/11): III (Chs. two essays of 1-2 pages. It is precisely spelling. wants that to happen. German spell-check or other such writing aids. In some cases we allow you to use dictionaries (including online lexicons). you are not allowed to submit someone else’s work for a grade as if it were your own. It is therefore your responsibility. if you are unsure of what is and is not allowed. Rules. your instructors included. this means that the common practice of asking someone to look over your work to check for typos. 12/13): IV (Chs.writing: weekly “dialogue” journal entries with written feedback from the instructor. a final essay of 4 pages. 8/9): II (Chs. not someone else’s. but we do not permit the use of online translation tools. and of course you may not consult German speakers (including classmates) for help on graded assignments. No one. Evidence of help along these lines will result in submission of the case to the Committee on Discipline. In a language class such as German 102-5. 14/15): Aufsatz I: Aufsatz II: Aufsatz III: Class / assignments: Essays: Tests: Written: Speaking: Aufsatz III + Oral Project: February 17 March 2 March 16 April 6 February 16 March 29 [TBD] 5% 15% 50% 15% 15% [10% + 5%] Due dates: Evaluation: ***** A word on academic integrity as it relates to homework assignments and tests in this course: As Rights. overnight grammar assignments listening program.