Basic German AII University of Tsukuba
This German course - held in English - teaches all four skills plus interaction (to act & to react) and mediation (to make understand). The goal is to be able to speak & interact in German on A1 level (Part I & II). Three performances in German are the intermediate & final key elements; they require the acquisition of vocabulary & structures, pronunciation & listening skills, and basic grammatical knowledge, being learned through English handouts; moreover, the performances also require prior cooperation in groups (rehearsals) and reflection (Q&A). German songs will also be introduced. At the end of the course, participants will be able to maintain a short & basic spontaneous conversation in German language. (Part II, autumn)
The succesful completion of part I (or a comparable German course) is a prerequisite for taking this course.
Weekly learner diaries in English and small tests (40%). Three performances (50%). Final report (10%).
Since one main objective of this class is to become interactive in German, as many lessons as possible are held online in an interactive simultaneous format.(●Wie geht es dir ?) (●Wie geht es dir?) A stereogram with depth showing intonation. Review of spring course, preview of autumn course.Extension of the "lifeline": A set of questions and formulas that help to interact with only basic language knowledge. Questions for clarification and meta-questions (questions about language).Backchannel ("Hm, aha, ach so"). Reflexive pronouns. German haiku.Hesitation fillers & tag questions ("Hm; oder?, nicht?").Team-teaching with discourse markers. Main clauses and subordinate clauses.PERFORMANCE 1: Team teaching. Coordinating & subordinating conjunctions.Team-teaching review. Prepositions and prepositional phrases (PPs).Possessive articles. Ungrammatical sentences. Questions & Answers (Qs & As).Planning a speech. Verb forms and tenses.PERFORMANCE 2: Speeches. Past tense of full, auxiliary & modal verbs.Prosody: Difference of falling and rising intonation in Wh- and yes-no questions.Memorizing questions and the loci method. Qs & As.Rehearsal of the final performance. Qs & As. Pronunciation training.PERFORMANCE 3: Random-partner dialogs.Final report due date. Roundup of the course.The lesson plan might change according to the class progression, students' feedback, and the situation with COVID-19.
Online Course Requirement
Late submissions will not be accepted. Learner diaries are always expected and counted, also for classes not attended, then based on the most recent handout only. Excused, missed tests might be compensated through a retest on request.
Site for Inquiry
Link to the syllabus provided by the university