Professor Alexander Pichugin

This course, taught in English and German, continues to develop the basic reading competencies in the German language. Texts read in the course are chosen from the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences.

By the end of the semester students will be able to:

  • apply specific reading strategies to reading a text in German;
  • read German texts with correct pronunciation and intonation;
  • recognize most grammar phenomena and apply this knowledge to understanding;
  • apply some basic passive vocabulary to reading German texts;
  • efficiently use online and paper-based dictionaries.

This course is delivered in a hybrid format, which is different from either a traditional classroom-based course or a fully online course. Students spend approximately half the time online and half in the classroom. Instead of meeting in-class twice per week for 80 minutes each class, students will meet once per week, and the rest of the week is held virtually in the Canvas learning management system.

This course also follows a “flipped classroom” approach to learning. This means that students are expected to prepare for each class through readings, learning vocabulary and completing the assignments prior to attending class. This allows class time to be used for more active and engaging activities for a more enriching learning experience for students.

The course is taught in English.