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1 GERMAN 1001 INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE, LEVEL I Coordinator: Dr. Sabine H. Smith Instructor: Staff Office: PS 253 (Dr. Smith); PS 255 (Staff); Office Hours Dr. Smith: M 12-1 PM, T 8-9 AM, W 10-11 PM, Th 12:30-1:30 PM (at Kaffeeklatsch), and by appt. Phone: 770. 423. 6336 (for messages for instructor), 770. 423. 6501 (Dr. Smith) Email Dr. Smith: [email protected] ; Staff: tba FAX: (770) 499-3386 Herzlich Willkommen in Deutsch 1001! COURSE DESCRIPTION: “Introduction to the German language and culture I. Prerequisite: ENGL 0099 and READ 0099 if required. Introduction to the German language and culture, stressing progressive acquisition of effective communication skills in both the written and spoken language and an understanding of the practices and products of German culture. Not open to native speakers of German.” (Kennesaw State University Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2007, p.326). BOOKS: Required Books:  Sevin, Dieter and Ingrid Sevin. Wie geht’s? An Introductory German Course. 8th ed. Thomson/Heinle, 2007.  ILrn book key and course code for online resources. See your instructor about online resources. Recommended Books: -- any standard College Dictionary English-German/German-English, e.g. Harper Collins, College Ed., Cassel’s Langenscheidt, Bantam Books -- Strutz, Henry. 501 German Verbs. 3rd ed. New York: Barron’s Educational Series, 1998. -- Zorach, Cecile, and Charlotte Melin. English Grammar for Students of German. Olivia & Hill Press, 2001. -- Rubin, Joan, and Irene Thompson. How To Be A More Successful Language Learner. 2nd ed. Heinle & Heinle, 1994. -- Donald, Sydney G. and Pauline E. Kneale. Study Skills for Language Students: A Practical Guide. Oxford UP, 2001. COURSE GOALS: In this course, students develop effective communication skills in German appropriate to this stage of language study and expand their knowledge of language and culture. GENERAL POLICIES:  Academic integrity: Every KSU student is responsible for upholding the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct, as published in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs. Section II of the Student Code of Conduct addresses the University’s policy on academic honesty, including provisions regarding plagiarism and cheating, unauthorized access to University materials, misrepresentation/falsification of University records or academic work, malicious/intentional misuse of computer facilities and/or services, and misuse of student identification cards. Incidents of alleged academic misconduct will be handled through the established procedures of the University Judiciary Program, which includes either an “informal” resolution by a faculty member, resulting in a grade adjustment, or a formal hearing procedure, which may subject a student to the Code of Conduct’s minimum one semester suspension requirement.  Disability Policy: Kennesaw State University provides program accessibility and reasonable accommodations for persons identified as disabled under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. A number of services are available to help disabled students with their academic work. In order to make arrangements for special services, students must2 visit the Office of Disabled Student Support Services (ext. 6443) and arrange an individual assistance plan. In some cases, certification of disability is required.  GRMN 1001, 1002, 2001, and 2002 must be taken in sequence. That is, once a higher-level course has been completed, students may not enroll in a lower-level course in the same language. Students may not enroll in more than one course in the sequence at the same time. Students may not enroll in any course in this sequence if they have completed a course or are currently enrolled in a course at the 3000 or 4000 levels. Students not adhering to this policy will be administratively withdrawn from courses to assure compliance. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS:  PREPARATION, PARTICIPATION, ATTENDANCE, AND HOMEWORK: Active class participation is essential to a foreign language course. Effective class participation requires regular attendance, active involvement in in-class activities, and proper preparation prior to class. Since in-class time will be used primarily for practice and application of the material, it is the student’s responsibility to prepare him/herself for vocabulary and grammar lessons. Proper preparation will result in excellent in-class performance and effective language learning. Homework will be assigned in class unless otherwise specified in the syllabus or by the instructor. The instructor will collect or have students read homework to ensure students’ accurate completion of the tasks and to allow for questions to be answered. On the days indicated in the syllabus, the instructor will collect written homework to assess that portion of the student’s grade (e.g. homework portfolio #1 due). Composition and roleplay topics will be announced/distributed in advance. Students will rewrite their composition once to improve their score (max. one letter grade, or 10%). Students must turn in the revised composition and the graded original within one week after the original composition was returned. All homework assignments have to be submitted or delivered on time. If a student is absent on a “due date,” s/he is responsible for having her assignments turned in by someone else. Students who have to be absent on any given date are expected to obtain notes and homework assignments from a classmate and to study the material covered in class. Students may miss three class meetings without penalty. For additional absences, 3% of the final grade will be deducted.  FLRC (Foreign Language Resource Center) AND OTHER RESOURCES: The “ilrn” online components accompany the textbook, complementing and reinforcing the material covered in class. Students can access these resources from any lab on Campus, and possibly from their own home. In order to acquaint students with the services provided by the FLRC, students are required to spend a minimum of nine hours per semester in the lab. The instructor will verify completion of these components at the end of every chapter and as indicated in the course schedule. Since this class meets only twice a week, the instructor strongly recommends that students make use of the following resources:  Resources offered though the


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