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German Language and Literature

Summer 2022

  • 470:101 Elementary German

     

    This course will introduce students to the language and culture of German-speaking countries, using both prepared and authentic materials with theme-related vocabulary and grammatical structures. Students will have the opportunity to practice listening, reading, writing, and speaking in German through in-class activities and homework assignments. The program of the course corresponds to the Level A1 (Beginner) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), a widely accepted European standard for language proficiency.

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

    • understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type
    • introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people they know and things they have
    • interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.More specifically, students will be able to:
    • talk about themselves, their families, and their origins
    • talk about weather and clothing
    • order food and drinks in a restaurant or a café, discuss food and cooking, use cooking recipes
    • discuss different living situations, talk about houses, rooms, etc.
    • talk about their time and make appointments
    • orient themselves in a German-speaking urban setting and ask for directions
    • talk about things that happened in the past;
    • talk about professions, job, study, recreation, and daily life
    • talk about some major landmarks and places of interest of the German-speaking countries
    • talk about health and health issues
    • express their intentions, obligations and necessities.

    No prerequisites. This course is taught in German with some explanation of grammar points in English. Not open for credit to students who have had two or more years of secondary school German. Students of 101 are strongly encouraged to enroll in Elementary German Lab 103.

     

  • 470:109 Introductory Business German I

    Introductory German for Business 470:109

    German, Austrian, and Swiss companies traditionally enjoy worldwide an excellent reputation representing innovation, quality and cutting-edge technology. EU Member States are collectively the United States’ biggest trading partner, and Germany, as Europe’s largest economy, is at the heart of that relationship. After China and the United States, Germany is the world’s third-largest exporter. In 2017, bilateral trade between Germany and the US in goods and services totaled nearly $238 billion, with U.S. exports of $85 billion and imports of $153 billion. US affiliates of German firms employ over 670,000 American workers. A great number of German corporations and banks have branches in New Jersey and the New York City area. Many companies name German as the language they would most like their employees to know.

    This hybrid course presents an introduction to the language typically used in business settings in German-speaking countries. It prepares students to the use of the language in specific business-related contexts and helps them develop a better understanding of the German corporate culture. In this course the students will practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking on topics relevant to the German-language business environment at the beginner level.

    During the course, students will work with such topics as:

    • Meeting business partners;
    • Business trips, company visits, professional fairs;
    • Offers, purchasing, and leasing;
    • Day-to-day office life;
    • Office organization and equipment.

    The course is taught in German with English used in comparisons and translation exercises.

  • 470:110 Introductory Business German II

    Introductory German for Business 470:110

    German, Austrian, and Swiss companies traditionally enjoy worldwide an excellent reputation representing innovation, quality and cutting-edge technology. EU Member States are collectively the United States’ biggest trading partner, and Germany, as Europe’s largest economy, is at the heart of that relationship. After China and the United States, Germany is the world’s third-largest exporter. In 2017, bilateral trade between Germany and the US in goods and services totaled nearly $238 billion, with U.S. exports of $85 billion and imports of $153 billion. US affiliates of German firms employ over 670,000 American workers. A great number of German corporations and banks have branches in New Jersey and the New York City area. Many companies name German as the language they would most like their employees to know.

    This hybrid course continues to introduce students to the language typically used in business settings in German-speaking countries. It prepares students to the use of the language in specific business-related contexts and helps them develop a better understanding of the German corporate culture. In this course, students will practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking on topics relevant to the German-language business environment at the elementary level.

    During the course the students will work with such topics as:

    • Business statistics;
    • Job search;
    • Business planning;
    • IT;
    • Social meetings with business partners and small talk.

    The course is taught in German with English used in comparisons and translation exercises.

     

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