Middlebury Language Schools

 

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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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 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 2014 Language Schools

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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 2014 Language Schools

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