Alex Holznienkemper

German School Faculty

After spending nine years in Marsberg, Germany and completing his Abitur in Warburg, Germany (2001), Alex returned to his native US. He completed a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Applied Political Economy, as well as a BA in German Studies at the University of Arizona. He continued in the program in Tucson to earn his MA in German Studies in 2008, and then moved on to the Ohio State University where he earned his Ph.D. in 2014. His dissertation examines the ways in which a purported clash between religion and secularism is envisioned and understood. As a researcher, he is particularly interested in contemporary social theory and ethics. He is in the beginning stages of a book project that elaborates the idea of articulation and articulacy as a useful link between philosophy and literary criticism.  He taught at the University of Notre Dame from 2013 to 2015, expanding on research interests in sports culture and collective identity. He began teaching at Baylor University in 2015.

 

Courses

Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
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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 (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, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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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 (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, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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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 (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, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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GRMN 3105 - 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 2016 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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GRMN 3106 - 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 2016 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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GRMN 3195 - 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 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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GRMN 3196 - 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 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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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. 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 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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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. 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 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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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. 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 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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GRMN 3205 - 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 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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GRMN 3206 - 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 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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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.

The instructor will provide all required texts.

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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GRMN 3305 - 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 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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GRMN 3306 - 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 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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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