Tessa Wegener

Associate Director of the German School

 
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 German School

A West Virginia native, Tessa Wegener spent a portion of her youth living in Nordrhein-Westfalen, where she completed fifth through ninth grades. After returning to the U.S., Tessa studied German Literature and Culture at Bethany College and received her M.A. in German Studies at the University of Kentucky in 2006. The following fall she joined Georgetown University’s German Department, where she completed her PhD in 2012.

For her dissertation entitled “Women Re-defining the ‘Orientreise’: Memory, Nostalgia and the Problem of Multiculturalism in Austrian Travel Texts and Film” Tessa was awarded a Fulbright Full Research Grant to Vienna, Austria. Aside from her passion for Austrian literature and culture, Tessa’s research interest focuses on the genre of travel writing, post-colonialism, transnationalism and gender studies.

Having previously taught at Colgate University, Tessa is now a member of the German faculty at Swarthmore College. At Swarthmore, she teaches introductory to advanced German language courses and upper-level content courses on topics such as German pop culture, Turkish-German literature and representations of youth in German culture.

Tessa has worked at the Deutsche Schule since 2006, first as a bilingual assistant, then as a faculty member and coordinator of the Beginning German Level. During summer afternoons at Middlebury, you can often find her on the tennis courts or running along the TAM.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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GRMN3101 - 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) (book, workbook, and lab manual);
Cecile Zorach, Charlotte Melin, Adam Oberlin: Englisch Grammar for Students of German (6th Edition, The Olive and Hill Press)

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 2012, Summer 2013

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GRMN3102 - 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) (book, workbook, and lab manual);
Cecile Zorach, Charlotte Melin, Adam Oberlin: Englisch Grammar for Students of German (6th Edition, The Olive and Hill Press)

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 2012, Summer 2013

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GRMN3103 - 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) (book, workbook, and lab manual);
Cecile Zorach, Charlotte Melin, Adam Oberlin: Englisch Grammar for Students of German (6th Edition, The Olive and Hill Press)

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 2012, Summer 2013

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GRMN3405 - Adv German for Singers II      

The language component provides three to four hours of daily instruction in German grammar and conversation at a level appropriate to each student's proficiency. The language component carries two credits, with courses offered on several levels. 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. Students in the German for Singers Program who placed into level 1, beginning German, will take courses with our regular beginning German students for three hours and will then have an additional hour of special language and culture training in the Singers program.

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. Classroom activities are enhanced by audio and video material as well as visitations by, and subsequent discussions with, German School guests and visitors. Lectures, films, and other cultural events of the German School will be incorporated into the course.

Required text: /To be determined/

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN3406 - Adv German for Singers II      

The language component provides three to four hours of daily instruction in German grammar and conversation at a level appropriate to each student's proficiency. The language component carries two credits, with courses offered on several levels. 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. Students in the German for Singers Program who placed into level 1, beginning German, will take courses with our regular beginning German students for three hours and will then have an additional hour of special language and culture training in the Singers program.

Based on literary texts of various lengths the course explores issues of cultural and historical importance as reflected in literature from 1945 to the present. The course aims at extensive classroom discussions, creative writing assignments of increasing difficulty, and students' presentations on different literary topics. The course also incorporates audio-visual materials as they relate to an understanding of Germany from 1945 onward.

Required text: /To be determined/

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN3418 - Germany's Stories Past&Present      

Germany's Stories - Visions of Past & Present

In light of the recent events relating to refugees in Europe and the controversial stance Germany has taken with regard to this matter, this course seeks to examine various 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 and multiculturalism as depicted in major media outlets, film and academic scholarship. We will discuss topics relating to the persecutions of Jews, the expulsion of ethnic Germans, and migrant labor movements – with a particular emphasis on Turkish guest workers and their legacy in present day Germany. In the second half of the course, we will ask how more recent geo-political shifts, such as the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Balkan Wars, continue to shape perceptions of cultural and national identity in Germany and Austria. Finally, we will conclude with an analysis of the current cultural and political debates in the media surrounding Syrian and African refugees in Germany.

This course aims at developing advanced literacy abilities of summarizing, interpreting, and presenting substantial arguments in professional and academic settings.

Required Texts: The instructor will provide all required texts.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools

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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