This course is for beginning students, for students who have taken one year or less of high school German, and for those wishing to refresh and further develop the four basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Progressing from simple vocabulary and sentence structure, the student is encouraged to speak the language in simple conversational patterns. An introduction to German customs, including food and beverages, culture and civilization is a fringe benefit of the course.
This course is a continuation of oral practice combined with reading of interesting and thought-provoking texts. Additional exposure to the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing will contribute to the student's overall confidence in handling a foreign language. Further exposure to German customs, culture, and civilization is part of the course. It is highly recommended that students enrolling in this course have taken two to three years of high school German if they cannot meet the prerequisite.
The conversational approach to language learning is emphasized and coupled with the development of advanced language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The student is carefully guided through a structured review of elementary language skills achieved by means of explanation, conversation and group discussion based on current events and texts dealing with politics, sports, history, and literature. Selected texts and musical samples will enable the student to appreciate the time and life of Bach, Beethoven, Goethe and other features of German art and culture. It is hghly recommended that students enrolling in this course have taken four years of high school German if they cannot meet the prerequisite.
Continuation of a carefully guided and structured review of language skills acquired earlier with an emphasis on oral practice and written exercises. Material of increasing difficulty and covering areas of special interest will be used to fine-hone and refine advanced language skills.