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 was a lecturer at the University of Notre Dame for the last two academic years, and will join Baylor University as a regular lecturer after the 2015 Deutsche Schule at Middlebury.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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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

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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

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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

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GRMN 3195 - Early Inter German for Singers      

Students are integrated in the regular language classes according to what level they placed into after taking the placement exam, and after an oral interview on campus before the summer session begins.

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:
Uta Matecki: Dreimal Deutsch (Klett Verlag);
Jack Moeller and Helmut Liedloff: A Concise German Review Grammar (Houghton & Mifflin)

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GRMN 3196 - Early Inter German for Singers      

Students are integrated in the regular language classes according to what level they placed into after taking the placement exam, and after an oral interview on campus before the summer session begins.

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:
Uta Matecki: Dreimal Deutsch (Klett Verlag);
Jack Moeller and Helmut Liedloff: A Concise German Review Grammar (Houghton & Mifflin)

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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:
Uta Matecki: Dreimal Deutsch (Klett Verlag);
Jack Moeller and Helmut Liedloff: A Concise German Review Grammar (Houghton & Mifflin)

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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:
Uta Matecki: Dreimal Deutsch (Klett Verlag);
Jack Moeller and Helmut Liedloff: A Concise German Review Grammar (Houghton & Mifflin)

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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:
Uta Matecki: Dreimal Deutsch (Klett Verlag);
Jack Moeller and Helmut Liedloff: A Concise German Review Grammar (Houghton & Mifflin)

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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

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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

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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)

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GRMN 3205 - Inter German for Singers      

Students are integrated in the regular language classes according to what level they placed into after taking the placement exam, and after an oral interview on campus before the summer session begins.

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)

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GRMN 3206 - Inter German for Singers      

Students are integrated in the regular language classes according to what level they placed into after taking the placement exam, and after an oral interview on campus before the summer session begins.

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)

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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:
Perlmann-Balme, Hering, Matusse: Übungsgrammatik für die Mittelstufe (Hueber Verlag)

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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:
Brussig: Leben bis Männer. (dtv);
Honigmann: Eine Liebe aus Nichts (dtv);
Timm: Die Entdeckung der Currywurst (dtv);
Kreitz: Die Entdeckung der Currywurst (Carlsen);
Rusch: Meine freie deutsche Jugend (Fischer).

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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.

Required text:
Christine Betz, et al.: Die moderne Gesellschaft in Deutschland. Strukturen und Wandlungsprozesse (2010, Verlag für Deutsch).

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GRMN 3305 - Adv German For Singers      

Students are integrated in the regular language classes according to what level they placed into after taking the placement exam, and after an oral interview on campus before the summer session begins.

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:
Perlmann-Balme, Hering, Matusse: Übungsgrammatik für die Mittelstufe (Hueber Verlag)

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GRMN 3306 - Adv German For Singers      

Students are integrated in the regular language classes according to what level they placed into after taking the placement exam, and after an oral interview on campus before the summer session begins.

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:
Brussig: Leben bis Männer. (dtv);
Honigmann: Eine Liebe aus Nichts (dtv);
Timm: Die Entdeckung der Currywurst (dtv);
Kreitz: Die Entdeckung der Currywurst (Carlsen);
Rusch: Meine freie deutsche Jugend (Fischer)

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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