Tessa Wegener

Associate Director of the German School

 
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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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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

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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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

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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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

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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GRMN 3405 - Adv German for Singers II      

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 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:
Hall und Scheiner (ed.): Übungsgrammatik für die Oberstufe (Hueber Verlag)

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3406 - Adv German for Singers II      

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 goal of this course is to explore and gain insights into the fascinating culture of Jews in German-speaking lands from the 18th century to the present. Through novels, short stories, essays, memoirs, poems, and films we will address central questions of German- and Austrian-Jewish life and culture and the complex relationships between Jews and German/Austrian society at large. Course work includes classroom discussions, writing assignments in several genres, and students’ presentations on course texts and topics.

Required Texts:
Glücken von Hameln: Die Memoiren der Glückes von Hameln (Beltz Taschenbuch, 3. Aufl., 2012);
Joseph Roth: Hiob: Roman eines einfachen Mannes (dtv, 2002);
Ruth Klüger: weiter leben: eine Jugend (dtv, 1994)

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN 3418 - Germany's Stories Past&Present      

Germany's Stories - Visions of Past and Present

In this course, we will explore various social issues in German-speaking Europe as they are portrayed and discussed in major media outlets. The first part of this class provides students with historical and cultural background information beginning in the post-World War II era, with a special emphasis on nuanced depictions of perpetration and suffering. In the second part of the class we will focus on how shifting discourses of guilt, victimhood and memory continue to shape perceptions of cultural and national identity in Germany and Austria today. Within this context, we will examine topics related to migration (including expulsion of ethnic Germans and migrant labor movements), debates on multiculturalism, changing gender roles, political extremism, national identity and soccer, and the role of German military forces abroad, with a particular emphasis on Afghanistan. This course aims at developing advanced literacy abilities of summarizing, interpreting, and presenting substantial arguments in professional and academic settings.

Required Text: The instructor will provide all required texts.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 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