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GERM 201: Intermediate German I, v2

 University of Mississippi
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Tracy Case Koslowski

Tracy Case Koslowski

Tracy Case Koslowski received a B.A. in Linguistics with minors in German and Russian, an M.A. in German, and an M.A. in TESL, all from the University of Mississippi. Her international experience includes a year abroad studying in Giessen, Germany; working as an English instructor for the “Allegria” troupe of Cirque du Soleil; graduate study in Klagenfurt, Austria; and teaching English at the Berufskolleg in Hilden, Germany.

Before becoming an instructor at UM in 2003, she spent three years teaching German at Pascagoula High School. In addition to teaching independent study German, Tracy is a full-time instructor in the University of Mississippi Intensive English Program.
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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
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Course Description

This is a 4-lesson independent study course in introductory German. Each lesson will take 2-3 weeks to complete, and each is followed by a proctored chapter exam that must be finished before progressing in the course.

This course will introduce you to basic grammar and vocabulary, including topics such as self-description, family, studies and leisure activities. This course will include speaking, listening, reading comprehension, and writing in German. When you use the iLrn Language Learning Center, you can share videos, media files and voice threads all online, using your new language skills in fun, real-world ways. iLrn will help you make the most of your language study time, and give you confidence speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Textbook Information:

Vorsprung: A Communicative Introduction to German Language And Culture, Enhanced, 3rd Edition

Thomas A. Lovik; J. Douglas Guy; Monika Chavez

You MUST have access to iLrn, the online book and workbook. You do not need to buy the print book when you have iLrn access, as an interactive eBook is included. eBook: ISBN-10: 1133938922 ISBN-13: 9781133938927

The easist way to choose the bundle you need is to follow the iLrn link in the course, in Lesson 0. Click here for a Quick Start Guide to registering.

If you've already purchased a book, the course code is HXT973.

It is your responsibility to order your textbook and online system.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. Formulate the imperative.
  2. Use reflexive pronouns.
  3. Ask indirect questions.
  4. Express possibility, causality, and purpose.
  5. Complete a narrative.
  6. Gain a broader understanding German language and culture.
Course Outline:

This course consists of 4 instructional modules (or lessons).

LESSON Reading Assignments Due for Grades Pacing guide to complete the course in a semester
Start Here You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page. Syllabus Quiz Week 1
1 Kapitel 9: Ein Praktikum in Wien iLrn textbook activities and SAM activities Weeks 1-2
Course Exam 1 Covers chapter 9 To be scheduled and completed before proceeding Week 3
2 Kapitel 10: Feste, Feiertage und Ferien iLrn textbook activities and SAM activities Weeks 4-5
Course Exam 2 Covers chapter 10 To be scheduled and completed before proceeding Week 6
3 Kapitel 11: Geschichte und Geographie Deutschlands iLrn textbook activities and SAM activities Weeks 7-9
Course Exam 3 Covers chapter 11 To be scheduled and completed before proceeding Week 10
4 Kapitel 12: Ende gut, alles gut! iLrn textbook activities and SAM activities Weeks 11-13
Course Exam 4: Final Exam Non-comprehensive exam that covers chapter 12. Ensure all work is completed and graded prior to scheduling this exam. To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit Week 14

The GRADING SCALE will be based upon a ten point grade system:
90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F

Grading Information

The grading format is as follows:
iLrn Activities: 60% (30% Textbook and eSAM 30%)
Exams (4): 40%


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