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Tessa Wegener

Associate Director of the German School

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A West Virginia native, Tessa Wegener spent a portion of her youth living in Nordrhein-Westfalen, where she completed fifth through ninth grades. After returning to the U.S., Tessa studied German Literature and Culture at Bethany College and received her M.A. in German Studies at the University of Kentucky in 2006. The following fall she joined Georgetown University’s German Department, where she completed her PhD in 2012.

For her dissertation entitled “Women Re-defining the ‘Orientreise’: Memory, Nostalgia and the Problem of Multiculturalism in Austrian Travel Texts and Film” Tessa was awarded a Fulbright Full Research Grant to Vienna, Austria. Aside from her passion for Austrian literature and culture, Tessa’s research interest focus on the genre of travel writing, post-colonialism, transnationalism and gender studies.

Having previously taught at Colgate University, Tessa is now a member of the German faculty at Swarthmore College. At Swarthmore, she teaches introductory to advanced German language courses and upper-level content courses on topics such as German pop culture, Turkish-German literature and representations of youth in German culture.

Tessa has worked at the Deutsche Schule since 2006, first as a bilingual assistant, then as a faculty member and coordinator of the Beginning German Level. During summer afternoons at Middlebury, you can often find her on the tennis courts or running along the TAM.

 

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.

LNG

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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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.

EUR LNG

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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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 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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