Kai Herklotz

German School Faculty

Kai Herklotz was born and grew up in the former East Germany and did his undergraduate work at the University of Marburg, Germany and Vienna University. He came to the United States in 1999 and received his PhD in German Studies from UC Irvine.

His research and teaching interests include German film, collective memories, German-Jewish history, and food studies; he has done research work in numerous archives in Berlin and at the DEFA Film Library at UMass, Amherst. He has worked as a Lecturer at Tufts University until 2007 and at Carleton College as the coordinator of the German language program. This work included teaching language and upper-level courses, directing off-campus studies programs to Berlin and Vienna, and working with teaching assistants.

In his free time Kai enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, and finding the best coffee in town, but most of all, spending time with his family and one year-old daughter Eva, who is growing up bilingually with German as the home language.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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GRMN3201 - Intermediate German      

This is an integrated program consisting of four hours of classroom instruction and some work in the language laboratory. To develop the four skills, students take three basic courses: grammar review including composition and conversation segments, contemporary German culture and life, plus literature.

Required texts:
- Jamie Rankin and Larry D. Wells: Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (6th ed., 2015, Cengage Learning) (book, workbook, and lab manual);
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Der Besuch der alten Dame (Diogenes Verlag);
- Joachim Schote: ORIENTIERUNGSKURS - Grundwissen Politik, Geschichte Und Gesellschaft: Kursbuch (German Edition)/, (Cornelsen Verlag) LNG

Summer 2013

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GRMN3202 - Intermediate German      

This is an integrated program consisting of four hours of classroom instruction and some work in the language laboratory. To develop the four skills, students take three basic courses: grammar review including composition and conversation segments, contemporary German culture and life, plus literature.

Required texts:
- Jamie Rankin and Larry D. Wells: Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (6th ed., 2015, Cengage Learning) (book, workbook, and lab manual);
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Der Besuch der alten Dame (Diogenes Verlag);
- Joachim Schote: ORIENTIERUNGSKURS - Grundwissen Politik, Geschichte Und Gesellschaft: Kursbuch (German Edition)/, (Cornelsen Verlag) LNG

Summer 2013

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GRMN3203 - Intermediate German      

This is an integrated program consisting of four hours of classroom instruction and some work in the language laboratory. To develop the four skills, students take three basic courses: grammar review including composition and conversation segments, contemporary German culture and life, plus literature.

Required texts:
- Jamie Rankin and Larry D. Wells: Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (6th ed., 2015, Cengage Learning) (book, workbook, and lab manual);
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Der Besuch der alten Dame (Diogenes Verlag);
- Joachim Schote: ORIENTIERUNGSKURS - Grundwissen Politik, Geschichte Und Gesellschaft: Kursbuch (German Edition)/, (Cornelsen Verlag)

Summer 2013

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GRMN3205 - 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.

This is an integrated program consisting of four hours of classroom instruction and some work in the language laboratory. To develop the four skills, students take three basic courses: grammar review including composition and conversation segments, contemporary German culture and life, plus literature.

Required texts:
- Jamie Rankin and Larry D. Wells: Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (6th ed., 2015, Cengage Learning) (book, workbook, and lab manual);
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Der Besuch der alten Dame (Diogenes Verlag);
- Joachim Schote: ORIENTIERUNGSKURS - Grundwissen Politik, Geschichte Und Gesellschaft: Kursbuch (German Edition)/, (Cornelsen Verlag)

Summer 2013

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GRMN3206 - 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.

This is an integrated program consisting of four hours of classroom instruction and some work in the language laboratory. To develop the four skills, students take three basic courses: grammar review including composition and conversation segments, contemporary German culture and life, plus literature.

Required texts:
- Jamie Rankin and Larry D. Wells: Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (6th ed., 2015, Cengage Learning) (book, workbook, and lab manual);
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Der Besuch der alten Dame (Diogenes Verlag);
- Joachim Schote: ORIENTIERUNGSKURS - Grundwissen Politik, Geschichte Und Gesellschaft: Kursbuch (German Edition)/, (Cornelsen Verlag)

Summer 2013

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GRMN3301 - 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:
Hilke Dreyer and Richard Schmitt: Lehr- und Übungsbuch der deutschen Grammatik - aktuell: Lehrbuch (Hueber Verlag)

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN3302 - 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:
- Ludwig Tieck: Der blonde Eckbert (Reclam);
- Franz Kafka: Das Urteil & andere Erzählungen (Fischer Taschenbuch);
- Peter Handke: Publikumsbeschimpfung & andere Sprechstücke (Suhrkamp);
- Georg Büchner: Woyzeck (Suhrkamp).

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GRMN3303 - 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.

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GRMN3305 - Adv 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.

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:
Hilke Dreyer and Richard Schmitt: Lehr- und Übungsbuch der deutschen Grammatik - aktuell: Lehrbuch (Hueber Verlag)

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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GRMN3306 - Adv 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.

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:
- Ludwig Tieck: Der blonde Eckbert (Reclam);
- Franz Kafka: Das Urteil & andere Erzählungen (Fischer Taschenbuch);
- Peter Handke: Publikumsbeschimpfung & andere Sprechstücke (Suhrkamp);
- Georg Büchner: Woyzeck (Suhrkamp).

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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The German School

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F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
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Middlebury, VT  05753

Tina Ellison, Coordinator
germanschool@middlebury.edu