Middlebury Language Schools

 

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Courses

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GRMN 3101 - Elementary German      

Daily activities include four hours of classroom instruction, plus additional work in the language laboratory and computer center. Emphasis will be placed on the grammatical structures of German as well as on conversation and correct pronunciation. Reading comprehension skills are introduced through primary texts, including literature. Throughout the program, audio-visual presentations supplement regular classroom activities.

Required text: Robert Di Donato, et al.: Deutsch, Na klar! An Introductory German Course (6th ed., McGraw-Hill) (book, workbook, and lab manual)

Note: All students who have prior knowledge of German and want to be placed beyond the Elementary German level (101-102-103) are required to take an analytical placement examination involving all four skills. On the basis of the test results, students will be advised concerning their course selections.

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Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3102 - Elementary German      

Daily activities include four hours of classroom instruction, plus additional work in the language laboratory and computer center. Emphasis will be placed on the grammatical structures of German as well as on conversation and correct pronunciation. Reading comprehension skills are introduced through primary texts, including literature. Throughout the program, audio-visual presentations supplement regular classroom activities.

Required text: Robert Di Donato, et al.: Deutsch, Na klar! An Introductory German Course (6th ed., McGraw-Hill) (book, workbook, and lab manual)

Note: All students who have prior knowledge of German and want to be placed beyond the Elementary German level (101-102-103) are required to take an analytical placement examination involving all four skills. On the basis of the test results, students will be advised concerning their course selections.

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Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3103 - Elementary German      

Daily activities include four hours of classroom instruction, plus additional work in the language laboratory and computer center. Emphasis will be placed on the grammatical structures of German as well as on conversation and correct pronunciation. Reading comprehension skills are introduced through primary texts, including literature. Throughout the program, audio-visual presentations supplement regular classroom activities.

Required text: Robert Di Donato, et al.: Deutsch, Na klar! An Introductory German Course (6th ed., McGraw-Hill) (book, workbook, and lab manual)

Note: All students who have prior knowledge of German and want to be placed beyond the Elementary German level (101-102-103) are required to take an analytical placement examination involving all four skills. On the basis of the test results, students will be advised concerning their course selections.

LNG

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3104 - Diction & Culture German Stage      

The performance component carries one unit of credit and includes weekly private coachings; performance classes with a focus on expression through correct diction and vocal/musical style, as well as acting for the operatic stage; one public recital; one public performance of the summer's opera project; and an intensive audition training workshop at the end of the program, offered by a German opera agent with years of experience and expertise in the field. Repertoire will include German Lieder, oratorio, and operatic arias for the recital. Students are expected to arrive with a minimum of three songs or arias memorized; additional assignments and work focused on the opera production will be announced during the summer. The following course numbers are only different because they correspond with the language level each student is enrolled in, but all students in the following courses are in the same group, taking the same performance classes, and participating in the same projects and workshops.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3105 - Elementary German for Singers      

Daily activities include three hours of classroom instruction, plus additional work in the computer lab. Emphasis will be placed on the grammatical structures of German, conversational survival skills, diction and pronunciation, as well as music vocabulary.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3106 - Elementary German for Singers      

Daily activities include three hours of classroom instruction, plus additional work in the computer lab. Emphasis will be placed on the grammatical structures of German, conversational survival skills, diction and pronunciation, as well as music vocabulary.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3194 - Diction & Culture German Stage      

A performance component carries one unit of credit and includes a daily performance class with a focus on expression through correct diction and vocal/musical style, as well as acting for the operatic stage; weekly private coachings; one public recital; one public performance of the summer's opera project; and an intensive audition training workshop at the end of the program, offered by a German opera agent with years of experience and expertise in the field. Repertoire will include German Lieder, oratorio, and operatic arias for the recital. Students are expected to arrive with a minimum of three songs or arias memorized; additional assignments and work focused on the opera production will be announced during the summer.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3195 - Early Inter German for Singers      

The language component provides three to four hours of daily instruction in German grammar and conversation at a level appropriate to each student's proficiency. The language component carries two credits, with courses offered on several levels. Students are integrated in the regular language classes according to what level they placed into after taking the placement exam, and after an oral interview on campus before the summer session begins.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3196 - Early Inter German for Singers      

The language component provides three to four hours of daily instruction in German grammar and conversation at a level appropriate to each student's proficiency. The language component carries two credits, with courses offered on several levels. Students are integrated in the regular language classes according to what level they placed into after taking the placement exam, and after an oral interview on campus before the summer session begins.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3198 - Early Intermediate German      

The successful completion of this course corresponds to the equivalent of second and third semester German. The active use of all major points of basic grammar and vocabulary is stressed in order to bring students to a common working level in the four skills. During the second half, a greater emphasis will be placed on the development of writing skills and reading strategies with appropriate cultural and literary texts. Audio-visual materials supplement the four hours of daily classroom instruction. Listening comprehension and pronunciation practice require the use of the language laboratory.

Required texts: Uta Matecki: Dreimal Deutsch (Klett Verlag); Jack Moeller and Helmut Liedloff: A Concise German Review Grammar (Houghton & Mifflin)

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3199 - Early Intermediate German      

The successful completion of this course corresponds to the equivalent of second and third semester German. The active use of all major points of basic grammar and vocabulary is stressed in order to bring students to a common working level in the four skills. During the second half, a greater emphasis will be placed on the development of writing skills and reading strategies with appropriate cultural and literary texts. Audio-visual materials supplement the four hours of daily classroom instruction. Listening comprehension and pronunciation practice require the use of the language laboratory.

Required texts: Uta Matecki: Dreimal Deutsch (Klett Verlag); Jack Moeller and Helmut Liedloff: A Concise German Review Grammar (Houghton & Mifflin)

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3200 - Early Intermediate German      

The successful completion of this course corresponds to the equivalent of second and third semester German. The active use of all major points of basic grammar and vocabulary is stressed in order to bring students to a common working level in the four skills. During the second half, a greater emphasis will be placed on the development of writing skills and reading strategies with appropriate cultural and literary texts. Audio-visual materials supplement the four hours of daily classroom instruction. Listening comprehension and pronunciation practice require the use of the language laboratory.

Required texts: Uta Matecki: Dreimal Deutsch (Klett Verlag); Jack Moeller and Helmut Liedloff: A Concise German Review Grammar (Houghton & Mifflin)

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3201 - Intermediate German      

This is an integrated program consisting of four hours of classroom instruction and some work in the language laboratory. To develop the four skills, students take three basic courses: grammar review including composition and conversation segments, contemporary German culture and life, plus literature.

Required texts: Jamie Rankin and Larry D. Wells: Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (5th ed., Houghton & Mifflin) (book, workbook, and lab manual); Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Der Besuch der alten Dame (Diogenes Verlag); Ulrike Gaidosch: Zur Orientierung: Basiswissen Deutschland (4th ed., Hueber Verlag)

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Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3202 - Intermediate German      

This is an integrated program consisting of four hours of classroom instruction and some work in the language laboratory. To develop the four skills, students take three basic courses: grammar review including composition and conversation segments, contemporary German culture and life, plus literature.

Required texts: Jamie Rankin and Larry D. Wells: Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (5th ed., Houghton & Mifflin) (book, workbook, and lab manual); Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Der Besuch der alten Dame (Diogenes Verlag); Ulrike Gaidosch: Zur Orientierung: Basiswissen Deutschland (4th ed., Hueber Verlag)

LNG

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3203 - Intermediate German      

This is an integrated program consisting of four hours of classroom instruction and some work in the language laboratory. To develop the four skills, students take three basic courses: grammar review including composition and conversation segments, contemporary German culture and life, plus literature.

Required texts: Jamie Rankin and Larry D. Wells: Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (5th ed., Houghton & Mifflin) (book, workbook, and lab manual); Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Der Besuch der alten Dame (Diogenes Verlag); Ulrike Gaidosch: Zur Orientierung: Basiswissen Deutschland (4th ed., Hueber Verlag)

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3204 - Diction & Culture German Stage      

The performance component carries one unit of credit and includes weekly private coachings; performance classes with a focus on expression through correct diction and vocal/musical style, as well as acting for the operatic stage; one public recital; one public performance of the summer's opera project; and an intensive audition training workshop at the end of the program, offered by a German opera agent with years of experience and expertise in the field. Repertoire will include German Lieder, oratorio, and operatic arias for the recital. Students are expected to arrive with a minimum of three songs or arias memorized; additional assignments and work focused on the opera production will be announced during the summer. The following course numbers are only different because they correspond with the language level each student is enrolled in, but all students in the following courses are in the same group, taking the same performance classes, and participating in the same projects and workshops.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3205 - Inter German for Singers      

Daily activities include two hours of grammar review, conversation, and composition practice to develop the four basic language skills. Pronunciation and diction are an integral part of this course, which also requires some activities in the language laboratory and the computer center.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3206 - Inter German for Singers      

Daily activities include two hours of grammar review, conversation, and composition practice to develop the four basic language skills. Pronunciation and diction are an integral part of this course, which also requires some activities in the language laboratory and the computer center.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3301 - Advanced Grammar & Comm      

This course meets two hours per day to analyze and provide advanced grammatical structures, provide intensive written and oral language training, offer insights into German ways of perception, and teach strategies of communication and language learning. For this course, some additional language and computer laboratory work is required.

Required text: Perlmann-Balme, Hering, Matusse: Übungsgrammatik für die Mittelstufe (Hueber Verlag)

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3302 - Modern German Literature      

This course will use short German prose to enrich cultural context, increase vocabulary, reinforce grammatical and communicative structures, and introduce methods of literary interpretation.

Required texts: Brussig: Leben bis Männer. (dtv); Honigmann: Eine Liebe aus Nichts (dtv); Timm: Die Entdeckung der Currywurst (dtv); Kreitz: Die Entdeckung der Currywurst (Carlsen); Rusch: Meine freie deutsche Jugend (Fischer).

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3303 - German Culture & Society      

This course introduces aspects of German culture, society, and politics to facilitate a better understanding of contemporary Germany. The reading and writing assignments also aim at increasing vocabulary and reinforcing grammatical as well as communicative structures.

Required text: Christine Betz, et al.: Die moderne Gesellschaft in Deutschland. Strukturen und Wandlungsprozesse (2010, Verlag für Deutsch).

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3304 - Diction & Culture German Stage      

The performance component carries one unit of credit and includes weekly private coachings; performance classes with a focus on expression through correct diction and vocal/musical style, as well as acting for the operatic stage; one public recital; one public performance of the summer's opera project; and an intensive audition training workshop at the end of the program, offered by a German opera agent with years of experience and expertise in the field. Repertoire will include German Lieder, oratorio, and operatic arias for the recital. Students are expected to arrive with a minimum of three songs or arias memorized; additional assignments and work focused on the opera production will be announced during the summer. The following course numbers are only different because they correspond with the language level each student is enrolled in, but all students in the following courses are in the same group, taking the same performance classes, and participating in the same projects and workshops.

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Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3305 - Adv German For Singers      

Advanced Grammar and Communication meets two hours per day to analyze and practice advanced grammatical structures, to provide intensive written and oral language training, to offer insights into the German ways of perception, and to develop communication and reading skills. Some additional work in the language laboratory and computer lab is required.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3306 - Adv German For Singers      

Advanced Grammar and Communication meets two hours per day to analyze and practice advanced grammatical structures, to provide intensive written and oral language training, to offer insights into the German ways of perception, and to develop communication and reading skills. Some additional work in the language laboratory and computer lab is required.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3401 - Stylistics      

This course meets for two hours daily and forms the core of the 400 level program. It aims at strengthening the student's ability to write and speak German at an advanced level through development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills with an emphasis on advanced elements of communication and style. Attention will be paid to fine points of grammar, use of idioms, appropriate register. Classroom activities are enhanced by audio and video material as well as visitations by, and subsequent discussions with, German School guests and visitors. Lectures, films, and other cultural events of the German School will be incorporated into the course.

Required text: Hall und Scheiner (ed.): Übungsgrammatik für die Oberstufe (Hueber Verlag)

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3404 - Diction & Culture German Stage      

The performance component carries one unit of credit and includes weekly private coachings; performance classes with a focus on expression through correct diction and vocal/musical style, as well as acting for the operatic stage; one public recital; one public performance of the summer's opera project; and an intensive audition training workshop at the end of the program, offered by a German opera agent with years of experience and expertise in the field. Repertoire will include German Lieder, oratorio, and operatic arias for the recital. Students are expected to arrive with a minimum of three songs or arias memorized; additional assignments and work focused on the opera production will be announced during the summer. The following course numbers are only different because they correspond with the language level each student is enrolled in, but all students in the following courses are in the same group, taking the same performance classes, and participating in the same projects and workshops.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3405 - Adv German for Singers II      

Stylistics, Expository Writing, and Communication meets two hours per day and aims at strengthening the student's ability to write and speak German at an advanced level.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3406 - Adv German for Singers II      

Stylistics, Expository Writing, and Communication meets two hours per day and aims at strengthening the student's ability to write and speak German at an advanced level.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3410 - 20C & 21C German Literature      

20th Century Literature of the German Speaking Countries

Based on literary texts of various lengths the course explores issues of cultural and historical importance as reflected in literature from 1945 to the present. The course aims at extensive classroom discussions, creative writing assignments of increasing difficulty, and students' presentations on different literary topics. The course also incorporates audio-visual materials as they relate to an understanding of Germany from 1945 onward.

Required texts: Heinrich Böll: Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum (dtv); Bernhard Schlink: Der Vorleser (Diogenes Verlag); Anonyma: Eine Frau in Berlin; Müller: Atemschaukel (Fischer).

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3415 - Atlas of a Tropical Germany      

Atlas of a Tropical Germany

How did Germany become an immigration country? How has global migration transformed German culture, society, and language over the past half-century? This course will use authentic source texts and artifacts to explore the unpredictable and puzzling itinerary of a nation on its way from ethnonationalism to transculturality. We will consider labor migration, xenophobia and Islamophobia, citizenship discourses, religious identity, institutional multiculturalism, the status of the nation-state, gender and the private sphere, multilinguality, literature, and popular culture.

Summer 2011

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GRMN 3418 - Germany's Stories Past&Present      

Germany's Stories - Visions of Past and Present

In this course, we will explore various social issues in German-speaking Europe as they are portrayed and discussed in major media outlets. The first part of this class provides students with historical and cultural background information beginning in the post-World War II era, with a special emphasis on nuanced depictions of perpetration and suffering. In the second part of the class we will focus on how shifting discourses of guilt, victimhood and memory continue to shape perceptions of cultural and national identity in Germany and Austria today. Within this context, we will examine topics related to migration (including expulsion of ethnic Germans and migrant labor movements), debates on multiculturalism, changing gender roles, political extremism, national identity and soccer, and the role of German military forces abroad, with a particular emphasis on Afghanistan. This course aims at developing advanced literacy abilities of summarizing, interpreting, and presenting substantial arguments in professional and academic settings. The instructor will provide all required texts.

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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