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To do so, students enroll in a four-semester course sequence of GER 101-102 (Beginning German) and GER 201-202 (Intermediate German). This curricululm, while emphasizing spoken communication, also includes the study of grammar, reading, and writing. Thus, by the end of Beginning German I and II (GER 101-102), you will be able to use simple sentences in present, past and future tenses to perform such functions as identifying and describing yourselves, expressing and inquiring about needs, responding to offers and requests, offering explanations and excuses, and expressing agreement and skepticism. Once you have completed Intermediate German I and II (GER 201-202), you’ll have added even more to those first-year skills involving the speaking and writing, listening and reading comprehension abilities you’ve acquired. For example, you’ll be able to express both your uncertainties and your convictions on such complex issues as history and politics, social stereotypes and multiculturalism, literature and the arts, as well as engage texts and other materials dealing with these topics.
Of course, we also welcome students who want to learn how to speak German simply for personal enjoyment and enrichment. If you’re not looking to earn college credit, consider signing up for any of our courses as an auditor during the fall or spring semesters. Over the summer, too, we offer a six-week intensive language course, GER 103 (Basic Spoken German), especially for those interested in giving German a go.
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