Middlebury Language Schools

 

Nick Ostrau was born in Bremerhaven, Germany. In 2002, he completed his undergraduate studies at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and moved to the U.S. In 2006, he received his Master's degree in German from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. In 2011, Nick received his PhD in German from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently teaching as a full-time lecturer of German at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Nick has taught many German language, literature, and culture classes in both German and in English. He has also taught Business German for Daimler Chrysler Corporation, as well as individual and small group classes for relocating families and adult learners. Nick's research interests include Arthurian romance narratives, folk and fairy tales, childhood studies, the Middle Ages in film, as well as readings from the Romantic era. In his free time, Nick enjoys cooking for his family, reading, and photography.

 

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 2011

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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 2011

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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

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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)

LNG

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

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