Glenn Levine

Faculty

Glenn Levine is Professor of German at the University of California, Irvine. He received his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Texas at Austin and has also taught at Purdue University, the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, and the Universität Mannheim. At UCI he researches and teaches on second-language acquisition and pedagogy, language learning and technology, and social networks and language use during study abroad. In the fields of German and European Studies he regularly teaches courses on Germanic linguistics, German-Jewish culture, literature, and history, Yiddish language and culture, and European culinary culture and history.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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GRMN 3401 - Stylistics      

Stylistics, Expository Writing, and Communication

This course meets for two hours daily and forms the core of the 400 level program. It aims at strengthening the student's ability to write and speak German at an advanced level through development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills with an emphasis on advanced elements of communication and style. Attention will be paid to fine points of grammar, use of idioms, appropriate register. Students also will develop their knowledge of and skills engaging with the following genres: narration and narrative structure; posing questions and interview techniques; reports and briefs; formal written correspondence; public speaking/academic presentation; written and oral argumentation and debate; academic prose style. Classroom activities are supplemented by a range of digital materials and tools. Scheduled colloquia and lectures, films, and other cultural events of the German School will be incorporated into the course.

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, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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GRMN 3405 - Adv German for Singers II      

Stylistics, Expository Writing, and Communication

This course meets for two hours daily and forms the core of the 400 level program. It aims at strengthening the student's ability to write and speak German at an advanced level through development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills with an emphasis on advanced elements of communication and style. Attention will be paid to fine points of grammar, use of idioms, appropriate register. Students also will develop their knowledge of and skills engaging with the following genres: narration and narrative structure; posing questions and interview techniques; reports and briefs; formal written correspondence; public speaking/academic presentation; written and oral argumentation and debate; academic prose style. Classroom activities are supplemented by a range of digital materials and tools. Scheduled colloquia and lectures, films, and other cultural events of the German School will be incorporated into the course.

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, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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GRMN 3406 - Adv German for Singers II      

The focus of this course is the literature and film related to the topics of flight and migration into, out of and within Germany, with the overarching theme of "displacement." Based on literary texts of various lengths and genres, as well as feature films, the course explores the ways the flight, migration, and social and cultural displacement have manifested themselves in literature and film from the 1930s to the present, with particular emphasis on works appearing since 1945. The course involves extensive classroom discussion, scholarly writing assignments of increasing difficulty, and student presentations on course topics and readings.

Required texts: 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, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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GRMN 3410 - 20C & 21C German Literature      

20th Century Literature of the German Speaking Countries

The focus of this course is the literature and film related to the topics of flight and migration into, out of and within Germany, with the overarching theme of "displacement." Based on literary texts of various lengths and genres, as well as feature films, the course explores the ways the flight, migration, and social and cultural displacement have manifested themselves in literature and film from the 1930s to the present, with particular emphasis on works appearing since 1945. The course involves extensive classroom discussion, scholarly writing assignments of increasing difficulty, and student presentations on course topics and readings.

Required texts: 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, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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GRMN 3418 - Understanding Germany      

Understanding Germany through Displacement, Flight, Migration, and Asylum

This course introduces and analyzes experiences of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees in German-speaking Europe. Beginning in the pre-World War II era, the course offers historical and current perspectives on expulsion, persecution, integration, assimilation, acculturation, and multiculturalism represented in major media outlets, audio-visual materials, feature films, and academic scholarship. By taking a chronological position the course traces displacement, flight, migration, and asylum beginning with the persecutions of Jews, the expulsion of ethnic Germans, and the effects of migrant labor movements. In particular, the course offers students starting points for inquiry by focusing on geo-political shifts, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the results of the Balkan Wars, and how these turns continue to shape perceptions of identity in Germany, Austria, and within the European Union. Thus, the course includes a critical treatment of current cultural and political debates in the media surrounding Syrian and African refugees in Germany. This course aims at developing advanced literacy by deepening strategies for summarizing, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting substantial arguments in professional and academic settings. In addition, the course incorporates the development of media literacy by critically engaging with authentic materials and thereby developing concise formulation of informed opinions.

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

Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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