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  • 1. DEUTSCH 202 - Frühling 2013 –Instructor: Elizabeth Schonagen, MS, MA Email: schonagen@utk.eduOffice/Campus Mail: 701 McClung Tower 0470Office hours: WF 10:30-11:30 @ The Commons South, and by appointment_______________________________________________________________ Course DescriptionGerman 202 is a fourth-semester course that meets for three hours each week. Your work thissemester will empower you to be an autonomous, lifelong learner of languages/cultures.As part of the course we will work through select Themen in the Kaleidoskop textbook and focusstrongly on reading and speaking in order to enhance your communicative abilities. As weread, discuss, and write about texts related to aspects of life in German-speaking countries, wewill also review key grammatical and other language structures.The texts we will read are starting points for discussions, writing assignments and other courseactivities. To maximize our time together in class, you are responsible for reading the texts andwatching the films at home (study groups are great for that!) so you can come to class with a solidbasic understanding. This way we can expand our discussion by building upon the text(s) in class. EligibilityGER 202 is a fourth-semester course for students who successfully completed German 201 at UT-Knoxville. If you do not fulfill these eligibility requirements, let me know immediately. Required Textbook: Kaleidoskop (8th edition). Custom Package forUTK (Moeller/Adolph/Mabee/Berger bundle w/access code for text website). Available only inthe UT Bookstore (ISBN 9781285550244). Zeitplan 202 Datum Thema / Focus Due / In-ClassMittwoch, 9.1. Einführung in Kaleidoskop Kursübersicht & Struktur; Nützliche Ausdrücke Thema 5: MusikFreitag, 11.1.Montag, 14.1.Mittwoch, 16.1.Freitag, 18.1. Last day! Register, add, change grading options or drop without a W*Montag, 21.1. MLK FEIERTAG – kein Unterricht!Mittwoch, 23.1.Freitag, 25.1.Montag, 28.1. Course meets in LRC/AMB 3 Recording #1 Thema 2: KommunikationMittwoch, 30.1. Kursprojekt Announced Recording Analysis 1 DueFreitag, 1.2.Montag, 4.2.Mittwoch, 6.2.Freitag, 8.2. 1
  • 2. Montag, 11.2.Mittwoch, 13.2. Thema 3: Deutschland HeuteFreitag, 15.2. Course meets in LRC/AMB 3 Recording #2Montag, 18.2. Watch Goodbye, Lenin before today!Mittwoch, 20.2.Freitag, 22.2.Montag, 25.2.Mittwoch, 27.2.Freitag, 1.3.Montag, 4.3. Thema 7: Multikulturelle GesellschaftMittwoch, 6.3. Course meets in LRC/AMB 3 Recording #3Freitag, 8.3. Watch Kebab Connection before today!Montag, 11.3.Mittwoch, 13.3.Freitag, 15.3.Montag, 18.3.Mittwoch, 20.3. Course meets in LRC/AMB 3 Recording #422.3 – 29. 3 Frühlingsferien- kein Unterricht!Montag, 1.4. 5.4.: Last day to drop with a "WP/WF“*) Thema 10: UmweltMittwoch, 3.4. Course Project First Draft DueFreitag, 5.4.Montag, 8.4.Mittwoch, 10.4.Freitag, 12.4.Montag, 15.4. Course meets in LRC/AMB 3 Recording #5Mittwoch, 17.4.Freitag, 19.4. Course Project - Final Draft DueMontag, 22.4. ORAL EXAM Portfolios DueMittwoch, 24.4. ORAL EXAMFreitag, 26.4. letzter Unterrichtstag: Wiederholung14.45- 16.45 EXAMENDienstag, 30.4. Room TBA*) Deadlines listed are for undergraduate students. Different deadlines may apply to graduate students.Disclaimer: These dates might not be accurate – check official university publications for most accurate dates. Filme. For this course you need to view the films Good Bye, Lenin! (2003) and KebabConnection (2004) outside of class (available 24/7 under the “Filme” tab on Blackboard). 2
  • 3.  Course EventsTesting and EvaluationYour course performance will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 1 Comprehensive/Final Exam 15% Course Project 10% Oral Portfolio 30% Leseberichte 25% Quizzes 10% Homework/Class Preparation/Participation 10%A. Comprehensive/Final Exam: 15%Please note the date and time for this exam, which will be administered during the final examperiod. No extra time may be given beyond the 2-hour limit for any reason. The test will start andend for all students at the same time. If you show up late for a test, you have lost time. The examcan be rescheduled only under extreme circumstances such as severe illness or familyemergencies (documentation required). In this case, you need to contact your instructor as soonas possible but no later than 2:45 pm. on April 30, 2013.As a departmental exam, this exam has priority over other final exams. Students are not requiredto take more than three written exams on any day. The instructor(s) of the last non-departmentalexam(s) (i.e. not this exam) on that day must reschedule the students exam during the examperiod. It is the obligation of students with such conflicts to make appropriate arrangements withthe instructor at least two weeks prior to the end of classes.B. Course Project: 10%For this project, you will interview and write a biography of a person from a cultural backgroundother than your own. You will first write a draft for feedback and then turn in a final version,revised based on my feedback. Details, suggested questions, and guidelines will be announced inclass.C. Oral Portfolio: 30%This portfolio documents the development of your oral proficiency over the course of thesemester. It must include the following components and is due (in organized form!) at the time ofyour arrival for the Oral Exam:- 2 Oral Proficiency Self-Assessments (2%): At the beginning and end of the semester, youwill assess your ability to perform specific communicative functions in German.- 5 Group Discussions (2 graded, 14%): Each unit features a recorded discussion based onthe themes covered in class. Select one discussion from #2+3 and one from #4+5 to be graded. - 5 Group Discussion Preparatory Work (6%): All group discussions require advancedresearch and preparation. If this is not complete, you will not be allowed to record.- 2 Group Discussion Analyses (3%): You will use the recordings of the group discussions toanalyze your own performance and/or that of fellow students.- 1 Oral Exam (5%): The format and topic of the Oral Exam will be based on the groupdiscussions, allowing you to demonstrate how your oral proficiency has improved.Note: If you fail to show up for a Recorded Discussion and/or Exam without havingobtained prior permission, you earn a zero. If you have a good reason why you cannotattend, explain it to me BEFORE the test and seek permission to take the test at the earliestpossible time. Be prepared to document your absence if requested, for example, with a note fromyour physician. If you did not clear an absence with me prior to the recording, you must get intouch within 24 hours (schonagen@utk.edu). I may allow you to make a recording later if your 3
  • 4. absence was valid (you are responsible to make arrangements with a classmate to have a partnerfor any make-ups granted).D. Leseberichte (Reading Reports): 25%Leseberichte are based on texts read for class and include the following:- 1 group practice Lesebericht (3%): You’ll learn how to write a Lesebericht in the firstcourse Thema, Musik, as part of groupwork in class. The final draft will be turned in for a grade.- 4 Leseberichte (18%): For select texts, you will write a summary and analysis in German andcompile a list of important vocabulary/expressions.– 4 Peer Review forms (4%): These forms allow you to reflect upon your work as well as thatof your peers.E. Quizzes: 10%There will be regular quizzes about grammar, vocabulary, culture, and texts discussed in class(announced, unannounced or take-home) in order to provide you regular feedback on yourperformance and level of engagement. You will receive 0% for any missed quizzes and no make-up quizzes will be given (talk to me in case of unusually severe circumstances).F. Homework/Preparation/Participation: 10%Homework. All homework assignments will be posted on the class Blackboard site. Lateassignments will be accepted no later than the class meeting after the original due date.Preparation: To check your preparation, you will be regularly asked to document what youhave learned at home.Participation. Just being physically present does not qualify as participating! You have to bewell prepared, engage as a very active contributor, and make a strong effort to exclusively useGerman for all classroom communication. You may be asked to self-assess your level ofparticipation during in-class and other group activities. For more information on participationgrading, see “Participation Expectations” under “Syllabus” on the Blackboard course site. Grading Scale A = 92% or above C = 72-77% A- = 90-91% C- = 70-71% B+ = 88-89% D+ = 68-69% B = 82-87% D = 62-67% B- = 80-81% D- = 60-61% C+ = 78-79% F = below 60%You are responsible for tracking your progress via the Blackboard Grade Center (tab “MeineNoten”). If you have any questions about where you stand, seek clarification from me. Program DirectorIf you have any concerns or questions about the German language program and curriculum at UT,feel free to contact Dr. Maria Gallmeier, Director of German Language Program, 604 McClungTower, 974-6998, mgallmei@utk.edu. Academic HonorAn essential feature of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the German language programis a commitment to maintaining an atmosphere of intellectual integrity and academic 4
  • 5. honesty. The university honor statement reads as follows: "As a student of the University, Ipledge that I will neither knowingly give nor receive any inappropriate assistance in academicwork, thus affirming my personal commitment to honor and integrity."To maintain academic integrity in our language courses, every graded assignment (e.g.homework, quizzes, tests, essays etc.) has to “provide an honest reflection of the knowledge andabilities” of the student (Hilltopics Student Handbook, p. 30). Therefore, all aspects of everygraded assignment have to be your work. Behaviors considered academic dishonesty include butare not limited to the following: o collaboration on a graded assignment without explicit approval of the instructor o the use of online translators for graded assignments o the use of computer software designed to assist with or correct the formal aspects of language (e.g. spell specks, grammar programs, translation software) for graded assignments o plagiarism (e.g. copying phrases, sentences or paragraphs from someone else’s work) on graded assignments o getting outside help on any part of a graded class assignment (e.g. from a tutor, friend or relative)Violation of these policies will result in a grade of 0% for the assignment. In addition, the casewill be reported to the Academic Review Board of the College of Arts & Sciences, which willdetermine an appropriate disciplinary action.For general information about student academic conduct, please refer to the Hilltopics StudentHandbook. If you have any questions about the German Department’s Policies, please ask yourinstructor or contact the program director. Attendance PolicyDaily attendance in class is required, not optional. Being in class to practice the language isabsolutely vital to your success as a foreign language learner.You will be allowed a maximum of three (3) absences for sickness, doctor visits, visits to thehealth center, court appearances, personal business, etc., during the semester without penalty.Beginning with the fourth absence, a penalty of 1% for each absence will be levied onthe earned final grade. We highly recommend that you send an email to your instructor andthat you bring documentation to show your instructor if you miss class for any reason. Rememberthat every absence will put you in a catch-up situation, and that will affect your performance inclass, your achievement on tests and quizzes, and your grades.You are expected to be punctual for class. Tardiness (more than 10 min) or leaving class early willbe counted as ½ absence. Special Absence ExemptionWe will completely excuse students for extended absences for sickness, death in the family,etc., if the need for the absence can be verified to my satisfaction. Students who must missclass for a prolonged time and for a serious reason must show written proof (e.g., doctorsnote on office letterhead with telephone number) to have the absences excused. The sameapplies to absences due to official university business (e.g. band trips, athletic events). Letyour instructor know at the beginning of the semester when you will not be able to attendclass and be prepared to provide an official written note.If you must leave the university suddenly for a family emergency, inform me immediately orhave another student do so for you. Do not just disappear - keep me informed! Excessive Absences 5
  • 6. Once a student reaches a total of nine (9) absences, the student will receive a gradeof “F” in the class and the Language Program Director will be notified. Although the instructorwill communicate with the student about excessive absences, it is the responsibility of the studentto keep track of his/her own attendance. Classroom PolicyCell phones, iPods, laptops and other personal electronic devices must be turned off and notin view during the class period unless otherwise stated– dismissal from class may result fromuse. Use of a cell phone or other electronic device during an exam or a quiz may result inautomatic failure on that exam/quiz.Employ only academically appropriate language and behavior. Extra-Curricular ActivitiesDuring the course of the semester the German Program at UT sponsors various extra-curricular activities. To receive extra credit, submit documentation of your attendance: • The German table, Stammtisch, will meet every school Wednesday from 5-6 pm at the Sunspot on Cumberland Ave. This is an informal get-together to chat in German. • There will be a German Film Series (January 30, February 27, March 20; 6PM in Room 213 in Hodges Library). Attend with friends or classmates and make it a night out! • Attend and participate in other events TBA throughout the semester. Departmental gatherings, spring immersion weekend.Engage with and reflect on any of these activities to raise your final grade by0.5% per activity (up to a maximum of 1%). Disability ServicesThe official policy at UTK reads as follows: "If you need course adaptations oraccommodations because of a documented disability or if you have emergency information toshare, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 191 Hoskins Library at 974-6087. This will ensure that you are properly registered for services." BlackboardOur course has an online presence where you can find all the important information for andabout this class. Simply go to http://online.utk.edu to log into our course’s Blackboard site.Everything will be posted online (e.g. homework assignments, essay topics & grading keys,your instructor’s office hours, important announcements). If you miss class, log on toBlackboard to catch up – that way, you can be prepared for the next lesson and still turn inyour homework without a late penalty!Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures / GermanUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville ACADEMIC CONDUCT:The Honor Statement: 6
  • 7. “An essential feature of the University of Tennessee is a commitment to maintaining anatmosphere of intellectual integrity and academic honesty. As a student of the University, Ipledge that I will neither knowingly give nor receive any inappropriate assistance in academicwork, thus affirming my own personal commitment to honor and integrity.” (Hilltopics StudentHandbook, p. 30)The German Department’s Policies on Academic Dishonesty:To maintain academic integrity in our language courses, every graded assignment (e.g.homework, quizzes, tests, essays etc.) has to “provide an honest reflection of the knowledgeand abilities” of the student (Hilltopics Student Handbook, p. 30). Therefore, all aspects of everygraded assignment have to be the student’s work. Behaviors considered academic dishonestyinclude but are not limited to the following: o collaboration on a graded assignment without explicit approval of the instructor o the use of online translators for graded assignments o the use of computer software designed to assist with or correct the formal aspects of language (e.g. spell specks, grammar programs) for graded assignments o plagiarism (e.g. copying phrases, sentences or paragraphs from someone else’s work) on graded assignments o getting outside help on any part of a graded class assignment (e.g. from a tutor, friend or relative)Violation of these policies will result in a grade of 0% for the assignment. In addition, thecase will be reported to the Academic Review Board of the College of Arts & Sciences, whichwill determine an appropriate disciplinary action.I, _______________________________________ , have read andunderstood the above Honor Statement and how it is implemented in theGerman Department. Furthermore, I pledge that I will honor my personalcommitment to academic honor and integrity in this class by completing allgraded assignments according to the policies stated above.Name (as shown on university records; please print):_______________________________________Student ID #: _______________________Signature: _________________________________ Date: ____________For general information about student academic conduct, please refer to the Hilltopics Student Handbook.If you have any questions about the German Department’s Policies, please ask your instructor or contact Dr.Maria Gallmeier, Director of German Language Program, mgallmei@utk.edu, 974-6998.Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures / GermanUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville 7
  • 8. I have read and understood the policies explained in the syllabus forGER 202.I fully understand the attendance policy used in the German Program/ModernForeign Languages and Literatures and that these will be enforced in my class.Name (please print): ____________________________________________Signature: _________________________________ Date: _____________ 8