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Introductory German I

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Apr 17 - Jun 19, 2018
18:00 - 21:00 , Tuesday
Washington , DC $385 O
Oct 01 - Dec 17, 2018
18:00 - 21:00 , Monday
Washington , DC $385 O
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Course overview

Learn to speak, read, write and understand basic German through role-plays, discussions and drills. Learn to converse, read and write about family, the weather, and professions using the present tense, adjectives and prepositions, imperative, accusative case and model auxiliaries. Designed for those with little or no knowledge of German, this course provides the beginner a solid base on which to build proficiency for daily use and academic study.

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Course outline

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Syllabus, Graduate School, USDA Objective
To provide the student with the ability to comprehend, speak, read and write basic German. Basic vocabulary and elementary grammatical skills are stressed, along with a focus on modern Germanic culture.

Learning Outcome
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to understand spoken German involving basic vocabulary; express basic concepts in German utilizing elementary grammatical structures; and understand aspects of contemporary Germanic culture.

Major topics covered in the course include noun gender; present tense of sein; negation of verbs; subject pronouns; present tense of 'to be,' and 'to have;' indefinite articles; negative forms; possessives; compound nouns stem-changing verbs; word order with expressions of time and place; accusative (masculine, possessive adjectives, personal pronouns); present tense of wissen and kennen; and separable-prefix words.

Vocabulary will cover such topics as introductions; numbers; colors; greetings; citizenship and nationality; academics and leisure activities.

Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, case studies, role playing, problem solving, oral participation/proficiency, quizzes, and mid-term and final examinations.
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