Course Description | Grade Distribution | Required Texts | Course Policies

Instructor (Section I): Roberta Vassallo
Telephone: 367-2082
Office: Ridgley 418
Office Hours: M 10-11 & W 10-11
Instructor (Section II):

Lutz Koepnick





Ridgley 328

Office Hours:

Mo 4-5 & Tue 1-2


Discussion Section:

Nancy Richardson





Ridgley 418

Office Hours:



Course Description

The overall course objectives of German 210 are to continue the development of the four language skills in a cultural context and to review and expand upon basic grammar skills covered in first-year German classes. Our main purpose in class is to use the language creatively and communicatively; grammar exercises are regarded as a means to this end. All course discussion will be in German. Our goals are as follows:

  • to develop an ability to communicate thoughts on topics of general interest
  • to increase your ability to use the language in everyday situations, orally and in writing
  • to learn and read modern German short stories and prose
  • to become sensitive to some of the issues and problems of life in contemporary German-speaking countries.

Grade Distribution

  • 4 exams: 30%
  • Participation and discussion: 20%
  • 3 essays and rewrites: 30%
  • Oral midterm: 10%
  • Oral final: 10%

Required Texts

  • Crowner, David and Klaus Lill. Impulse: Kommunikatives Deutsch fr die Mittelstufe. Second edition. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
  • Rankin, Jamie and Larry D. Wells. Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik: Wiederholen und Anwenden. Third edition. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

Course Policies

Daily classes will be supplemented by a one-hour discussion section. Attendance (class and discussion sections) is mandatory. Unexcused absences will affect your participation grade. If you miss class due to illness or for another legitimate reason, call before class that day. Makeup exams are possible only in the case of excused absence. Please note, a significant portion of your grade is based upon your attendance and active participation in class. It is important for you to keep up with homework assignments. You will receive reduced credit for late homework. No credit may be given for homework that is turned in more than one week from the day on which it was originally due.

There will be no written final exam. The oral final will take place by appointment during the final examination period.

Please feel free to discuss your individual concerns and problems related to this course with the instructor at any time outside class.

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