With a recommended class size of twenty students or fewer, German 204 will develop German language skills through a variety of activities, including use of electronic and print media. Class sessions will be devoted to maximizing the amount of German spoken. To this end, a good amount of paired and group work will take place during class. Written and recorded assignments will usually be submitted electronically. Some assignments will include collaborative activities outside regular class sessions. It will be assumed that all students in this course will study abroad soon, therefore the course is designed to help prepare students for experience of living and studying in Germany.
- Collaboration: Students work with another student in class and in small groups for both homework assignments and for in-class activities. Students will also grade each other on their performances.
- Role Playing: Students will perform role-playing activities. Situations will relate to the topics at hand and will be both prepared and extemporaneous.
- Presentations: Students will make presentations in German. These will include forms such as simple oral reports, "show-and-tell," and power-point presentations.
- Reading and Listening: Reading and video assignments will increase in length and complexity as the semester progresses.
- Writing: Students will compose essays of slightly increasing lenath and complexity as the semester progresses. Essays will be submitted as email attachments in the latest version of Microsoft Word. Essays will receive a grade only after the second corrected draft.
- Social Application: Students may be required to meet with fellow students and possibly with German exchange students outside of class in order to prepare some assignments.
- Grammar: Lessons on linguistic structures will be integrated with the topics.