Language and Culture A (German) 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 beyond A1 level. Three performances in German are the intermediate & final key elements; they require prior cooperation in groups (rehearsals) and feedback & reflection (by Q&A). At the end of the course, participants will be able to maintain an intermediate-level spontaneous conversation in German language.
Successful completion of 32J7022, 32J7022 & 32K7022, or comparable level (A1 or near A1), as after 1 year of German studies at the UT (2 beginner lessons per week).
Weekly learner diaries in English & German, 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.Review of basic German (spelling, numbers, short self and mutual introductions, simple conversations).Mutual introductions prepared in groups.Review of mutual introductions, feedback on language, grammar, content.Review of present perfect and of various verb forms. Review of the usage of "haben" and "sein".PERFORMANCE 1: Self introductions or mutual introductions, including also some past forms.Review of the performance, feedback on language, grammar, content, pronunciation. Pronunciation practice.Review of separable verbs and of sentences with modal verbs. Practice.Holding conversations using separable verbs and modal verbs, e.g. talking about daily routines.Speech rehearsals in groups. Goal: 80% understanding. Practice of Q&A.PERFORMANCE 2: Speeches with basic argument structure, using subordinating conjunctions.Review of the speeches, feedback on language, grammar. Grammar practice.Group work: Identifying everyday topics and related example sentences in the A1 and A2 vocabulary lists.Learning through teaching by individual students or by groups, followed by Q&A.Preparation of final performance: Random-partner dialogs.PERFORMANCE 3: Random-partner dialog. Final report due date. Roundup.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 weekly handout only. Excused, missed tests might be compensated through a retest on request.
Site for Inquiry
Link to the syllabus provided by the university