Alexis Smith

Faculty

Alexis B. Smith joins the German School this summer after receiving a PhD in German Literature from the University of Oregon in June 2017. She also completed a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Her dissertation investigates the ‘location’ of music in early German Romanticism, addressing not only music’s role as a universal language, but also its effects on the human body—questions that remain pertinent to German Studies, music, and science today. Her chapter, “Ritter’s Musical Blood Flow Through Hoffmann’s Kreisler” was published in The Early History of Embodied Cognition: The Lebenskraft-Debate and Radical Reality in German (Medical) Science, Music, and Literature 1740-1920 in 2016.

Alexis received a double BA in Music and German from the University of Northern Colorado (2005), an MA in German Literature from the University of Oregon (2008), and has presented at numerous conferences. Her research interests include late 18th through mid-20th century German literature and philosophy in relation to music, visual arts, science, translation studies, and social/cultural boundaries.

 

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 (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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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