Credits: 0.5
Term: Fall 2017, On Demand

German I

Course Description:

As you look at these sentences, you can see where you are in your language learning, and where you are heading. There is a present tense sentence: Wilkommen zu Deutsch 2 – Welcome to German 2; a past tense sentence: Wir haben viel in Deutsch 1 gelernt – We learned a lot in German 1; and a future sentence: Jetzt werden wir viel mehr Deutsch lernen –Now we will learn a lot more German. You have built a solid foundation for learning the German language. Now you can add to that base with lots of vocabulary and idioms, adjectives, adverbs, comparisons, verb tenses, active and passive structures, conditional and subjunctive sentences. Your simple sentences of German 1 will quickly become the compound and complex sentences which characterize the German language. We will also continue our comparison of German and American culture. There are many aspects of daily life for us to explore. Pictures, videos, and short readings will provide us with authentic material to view German life.

Topics & Concepts:
  • Wiederholung & Unit 1: Meine Schule / My School. This unit will use material from the end of German 1 to review German language structures and prepare the student to continue language learning. 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 2: 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.
  • Unit 3: Was soll ich tragen? / What should I wear? In this unit you will learn vocabulary for clothing. Colors will be reviewed. You will learn how to use adjective endings, in order to place the adjective in front of the noun. You will learn how to use the reflexive verbs: sich anziehen, sich ausziehen, and sich umziehen to talk about dressing yourself, undressing, and changing your clothes. The modal auxiliary verbs nnen, and dürfen will be introduced. You will explore German traditional costumes, including the Dirndl and Lederhosen.
  • Unit 4: Ich habe Hunger! Ich habe Durst! /I’m Hungry! I’m Thirsty! In this unit you will learn vocabulary for foods and beverages. You will review how to say you like something, and add the modal verb gen to also express liking. Making comparisons for “prefer” and “best of all” will also be introduced. German table customs will be explored. The Conversational Past Tense will be introduced.
  • Unit 5: Wo kann ich essen? / Where can I eat? In this unit you will learn vocabulary for eating in a restaurant, a café an ice cream café, the open market, or at a fast-food stand.You will also learn vocabulary for purchasing food at the supermarket.You will read about the German monetary system, the Euro.
  • Unit 6: Mein Zimmer / My Room. In this unit you will learn vocabulary for types of houses and the rooms and furniture in them.You will be able to describe the position of various items in your room using prepositions of position, verbs of position, and the Dative Case.
  • Segment 1 Exam

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