Credits: 0.5
Term: Fall 2017, On Demand


Course Description:

German is spoken by over 100 million people worldwide. It was the language of the first printed book as well as the language of such famous people as Mozart, Beethoven, Freud and Einstein. Following the American War of Independence, German was nearly chosen as the official language of the United States, but it lost by just one vote.

Topics & Concepts:
  • Unit 1: Grüße und Verabschiedungen / Greeting and Farewells. In this unit you will learn how to greet people and say goodbye, and use the appropriate gesture when you greet a German, practice the sounds of the letters in the alphabet, and have an introductory conversation in which you state your name, ask others for their names, and ask and respond to “how are you?”. You will also investigate some common stereotypes about the German language and people.
  • Unit 2: Das bin ich! / That’s me! In this unit you will learn how to describe yourself and others using a variety of adjectives and how to say what you are doing. You will practice the sounds of common letter combinations and learn colors and the numbers 0 to 20. You will also learn about the gender of German nouns and explore German websites for information on Germany and the German-speaking people.
  • Unit 3: Meine Familie und ich / My Family and I. In this unit you will learn vocabulary for family members, including pets. You will be able to talk about the name. age, residence, job, and characteristics of your family members. You will also learn to use “a” for both subjects and direct objects. You will look at German word order for sentences and two types of questions. You will also use plural nouns. You will also take part in the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and complete a research project on the Wall.
  • Unit 4: Meine Freizeit / My Free Time. In this unit you will learn the vocabulary of sports, games, and free time activities. Present tense conjugations of both weak and strong verbs will be introduced. You will learn how to form the numbers from 21 to 100+, as well as tell time. The calendar and weather will also be explored.
  • Unit 5: Meine Schule / My School. In this unit you will learn vocabulary for school subjects, school supplies, grades, and your school schedule. You will be able to talk about your favorite subject, and give reasons for that subject being your favorite. The Future Tense will be introduced. You will read about the school system in Germany, and compare that with your own school system. You will also read about the traditions surrounding the 1st Day of School for a German child just entering school.
  • Unit 6: Wie komme ich dorthin? / How do I get there? In this unit you will learn vocabulary for transportation and for giving and following directions to get somewhere. Commands will be introduced to facilitate giving and following these directions. The modal auxiliary verbs (helping verbs) müssen, sollen and wollen will be introduced. You will read .the German Autobahn and the German Rail System. Vocabulary for the weather will also be introduced.
  • Segment 1 Exam

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