Katrin Kempiners

German School Faculty

Katrin Kempiners is the current Max Kade Teaching Fellow for German at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. Her classes include German for Beginners, German in Business and Culture as well as workshops for Academic Writing in German. She is especially interested in promoting intercultural awareness and competences in her students and, to that end, likes to include contemporary cultural issues as well as music and other media in her lessons.

Born in Germany, but raised in Chicago, her family moved back to Germany (near Stuttgart) in 1989. Katrin received a degree in Business from the Berufsakademie Stuttgart in 2003, a B.A. in English and German Linguistics from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in 2008 and completed her German Staatsexamen in German and English in 2012 focusing primarily on bilingualism, language and cognition and literature and film after 9/11. When she is not teaching, Katrin travels, plays sports, enjoys singing and plays guitar.

 

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 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 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 2013

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GRMN3195 - Early Inter German for Singers      

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.

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);
- Robert Spaethling and Eugene Weber (Editors): Literatur Eins? (2nd Edition, Norton)

Summer 2013

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GRMN3196 - Early Inter German for Singers      

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.

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);
- Robert Spaethling and Eugene Weber (Editors): Literatur Eins? (2nd Edition, Norton)

Summer 2013

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GRMN3198 - 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);
- Robert Spaethling and Eugene Weber (Editors): Literatur Eins? (2nd Edition, Norton)

Summer 2013

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GRMN3199 - 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);
- Robert Spaethling and Eugene Weber (Editors): Literatur Eins? (2nd Edition, Norton)

Summer 2013

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GRMN3200 - 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);
- Robert Spaethling and Eugene Weber (Editors): Literatur Eins? (2nd Edition, Norton)

Summer 2013

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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