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German by Satellite II Syllabus

Instructors
Sabine Lewis and Robert Kisling
Objectives
Students will work toward a basic proficiency level in the five aspects of spoken German!
  1. Listening: Students will be able understand routine questions, statements and commands of everyday conversations;
  2. Speaking: Students will be able to reply, in simple terms, to routine questions, statements and commands of everyday conversations;
  3. Reading: Students will be able to understand texts using familiar vocabulary and structures;
  4. Writing: Students will be able to produce simple messages using basic structures and familiar vocabulary
  5. Culture and Language: Students will become aware of the differences and similarities of the selected cultural and linguistic aspects.
  • In accordance with the Priority Academic Student Skills of the Oklahoma State Department of Education, we will discuss the structure and vocabulary of the German language, as well as various cultural themes concerning Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
  • During the second year German course, we will cover chapters seven through eleven in the textbook and workbook.
  • Specifically, we will cover the following aspects of German language and culture, important in spoken and written communication.
Special Topics for Priority Academic Student Skills
  1. Dialogues
  2. Vocabulary words (600)
  3. Clothing
  4. Verbs of position & placing
  5. The house
  6. Parts of the body
  7. Days of the week as adverbs
Grammar
  1. Present Perfect tense
  2. Two-way Prepositions
  3. Use & forms of Genitive case
  4. Adjective endings
  5. Ordinal numbers & dates
  6. Comparisons of adjectives & adverbs
  7. Reflexive verbs
  8. Infinitives with "zu"
  9. Simple past tense tenses
Cultural Themes
  1. Leisure Time
  2. Driver's Licenses
  3. Theater
  4. Friends and acquaintances
  5. Germans in the United States
  6. Housing
  7. Switzerland: history, languages, politics
  8. Career choices for men & women
  9. Women's rights
  10. Recent German History since 1945
  11. Subjects of timely interest and importance
  • Discussion, lectures, and reading about these subjects will be supplemented with numerous video segments and authentic audio-visual material.
Textbooks
German by Satellite II will continue to use the 6th edition of the textbook.
  1. Deutsch heute Textbook (6th edition)
  2. Deutsch heute Lab/Workbook
  3. Deutsch heute Language Cassettes Part 2
  4. English Grammar for Students of German (recommended)
Software
  1. Wortschatz (German vocabulary practice provided by German by Satellite)
  2. Computer Study Modules (selected textbook exercises)
Grading
  • Grades based on German by Satellite's evaluations should be adjusted (if appropriate) and then assigned to the students by the teaching partner.
  • Quizzes and tests with test cassettes will be provided.
  • The teaching partner should grade the quizzes and objective parts of the tests according to answer keys.
  • Students' written evaluations are generally confined to two pages per test. Those pages should be sent in for grading.
  • Some workbook exercises must be sent in for correction. Specific assignments will be given in the chapter outlines.

 

 

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