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GRMN3101 - 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 (7th ed., McGraw-Hill) (The book, workbook, and lab manual will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore.)

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 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3102 - 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 (7th ed., McGraw-Hill) (The book, workbook, and lab manual will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore.)

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. EUR LNG

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3103 - 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 (7th ed., McGraw-Hill) (The book, workbook, and lab manual will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore.)

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 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3104 - Diction & Culture German Stage      

Elementary Diction, Culture and Acting for the German Stage

The performance component carries one unit of credit and includes one hour of formal instruction every day (diction, cultural history, acting for the German stage), weekly private coaching; one public recital; one public performance of the summer's opera project; and an intensive audition training workshop at the end of the program. 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 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3105 - Elementary German for Singers      

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 (7th ed., McGraw-Hill) (The book, workbook, and lab manual will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore.)

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.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3106 - Elementary German for Singers      

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 (7th ed., McGraw-Hill) (The book, workbook, and lab manual will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore.)

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.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3194 - Diction & Culture German Stage      

Early intermediate Diction, Culture and Acting for the German Stage

The performance component carries one unit of credit and includes one hour of formal instruction every day (diction, cultural history, acting for the German stage), weekly private coaching; one public recital; one public performance of the summer's opera project; and an intensive audition training workshop at the end of the program. 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 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3195 - Early Inter German for Singers      

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. Extra listening comprehension exercises and videos will be completed outside of the classroom and pronunciation work will be provided in a course meeting several times a week.

Required texts:
Texts will be available for puchase from the College Bookstore after placement testing has been completed.
- Robert Spaethling and Eugene Weber (Editors): Literatur Eins? (2nd Edition, Norton)

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3196 - Early Inter German for Singers      

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. Extra listening comprehension exercises and videos will be completed outside of the classroom and pronunciation work will be provided in a course meeting several times a week.

Required texts:
Texts will be available for puchase from the College Bookstore after placement testing has been completed.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3198 - 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. Extra listening comprehension exercises and videos will be completed outside of the classroom and pronunciation work will be provided in a course meeting several times a week.

Required texts:
Texts will be available for puchase from the College Bookstore after placement testing has been completed.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3199 - 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. Extra listening comprehension exercises and videos will be completed outside of the classroom and pronunciation work will be provided in a course meeting several times a week.

Required texts:
Texts will be available for purchase from the College Bookstore after all placement testing is completed.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3200 - 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. Extra listening comprehension exercises and videos will be completed outside of the classroom and pronunciation work will be provided in a course meeting several times a week.

Required texts:
Texts will be available for purchase from the College Bookstore after all placement testing is completed.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3201 - 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:
Texts will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore after all placement testing has been completed. LNG

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3202 - 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:
Texts will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore after all placement testing has been completed. LNG

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3203 - 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:
Texts will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore after all placement testing has been completed.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3204 - Diction & Culture German Stage      

Intermediate Diction, Culture and Acting for the German Stage

The performance component carries one unit of credit and includes one hour of formal instruction every day (diction, cultural history, acting for the German stage), weekly private coaching; one public recital; one public performance of the summer's opera project; and an intensive audition training workshop at the end of the program. 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 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3205 - Inter German for Singers      

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:
Texts will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore after all placement testing has been completed.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3206 - Inter German for Singers      

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:
Texts will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore after all placement testing has been completed.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3301 - 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:
Texts will be available for purchase from the College Bookstore after all placement testing has been completed.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3302 - 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:
Texts will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore after all placement testing has been completed.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3303 - 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.

The instructor will provide all required texts.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3304 - Diction & Culture German Stage      

Advanced Diction, Culture and Acting for the German Stage I

The performance component carries one unit of credit and includes one hours of formal instruction every day (diction, cultural history, acting for the German 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. 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. LNG

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3305 - Adv German For Singers      

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:
Texts will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore after all placement testing has been completed.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3306 - Adv German For Singers      

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:
Texts will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore after all placement testing has been completed.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3401 - Stylistics      

Stylistics, Expository Writing, and Communication

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. Students also will develop their knowledge of and skills engaging with the following genres: narration and narrative structure; posing questions and interview techniques; reports and briefs; formal written correspondence; public speaking/academic presentation; written and oral argumentation and debate; academic prose style. Classroom activities are supplemented by a range of digital materials and tools. Scheduled colloquia and lectures, films, and other cultural events of the German School will be incorporated into the course.

Required texts: All course materials will be provided by the instructor, but it is recommended that each student invest in a good quality reference grammar, such as the Duden Grammatik or similar comprehensive treatment of German grammar and stylistics.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3404 - Diction & Culture German Stage      

Advanced Diction, Culture and Acting for the German Stage II

The performance component carries one unit of credit and includes one hours of formal instruction every day (diction, cultural history, acting for the German 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. 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 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools

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GRMN3405 - Adv German for Singers II      

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 texts: All course materials will be provided by the instructor, but it is recommended that each student invest in a good quality reference grammar, such as the Duden Grammatik or similar comprehensive treatment of German grammar and stylistics.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools

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GRMN3406 - Adv German for Singers II      

The focus of this course is the literature and film related to the topics of flight and migration into, out of and within Germany, with the overarching theme of "displacement." Based on literary texts of various lengths and genres, as well as feature films, the course explores the ways the flight, migration, and social and cultural displacement have manifested themselves in literature and film from the 1930s to the present, with particular emphasis on works appearing since 1945. The course involves extensive classroom discussion, scholarly writing assignments of increasing difficulty, and student presentations on course topics and readings.

Required texts: Texts will be available for purchase from the College Bookstore after all placement testing has been completed.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools

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GRMN3410 - 20C & 21C German Literature      

20th Century Literature of the German Speaking Countries

The focus of this course is the literature and film related to the topics of flight and migration into, out of and within Germany, with the overarching theme of "displacement." Based on literary texts of various lengths and genres, as well as feature films, the course explores the ways the flight, migration, and social and cultural displacement have manifested themselves in literature and film from the 1930s to the present, with particular emphasis on works appearing since 1945. The course involves extensive classroom discussion, scholarly writing assignments of increasing difficulty, and student presentations on course topics and readings.

Required texts: Texts will be available for purchase from the College Bookstore after all placement testing has been completed.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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GRMN3418 - Germany's Stories Past&Present      

Germany's Stories - Visions of Past & Present

This course examines various experiences of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in German-speaking Europe, with the overarching theme of "displacement." Beginning in the pre-World War II era, the course offers historical and current perspectives on expulsion, persecution, integration, assimilation and multiculturalism as depicted in major media outlets, film and academic scholarship. We will discuss topics relating to the persecutions of Jews, the expulsion of ethnic Germans, and migrant labor movements, such as the Turkish guest workers and their legacy in present day Germany. In the second half of the course, we will ask how more recent geo-political shifts, such as the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Balkan Wars, continue to shape perceptions of cultural and national identity in Germany and Austria. Finally, we will conclude with an analysis of the current cultural and political debates in the media surrounding Syrian and African refugees in Germany.
This course aims at developing advanced literacy abilities of summarizing, interpreting, and presenting substantial arguments in professional and academic settings.

Required Texts: The instructor will provide all required texts.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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* Course descriptions and required texts are subject to change.

The German School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P:802.443.5203
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
German School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Tina Ellison, Coordinator
germanschool@middlebury.edu