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Germanic Languages and Literatures

Departmental Representative:
Ms. Jutta Schmiers-Heller
403A Hamilton
212-854-4824
js2331@columbia.edu

GERM S1115D Accelerated Elementary Reading, I and II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: no previous knowledge of German required, but some background is strongly recommended.

Equivalent to GERM F1113-F1114. This accelerated survey of German grammar, reading techniques, and dictionary skills is designed primarily for graduate students preparing for reading proficiency exams or wishing to do research in German-language literature. Extensive exercises in translation, reading for general comprehension, and specialized reading are based on texts drawn from the students' fields of study. Although this course does not satisfy any part of the foreign language requirement for degree candidates, successful completion of the translation on the final exam fulfills the German reading proficiency requirement in most graduate programs.Students are advised that this course is a full-time commitment. Students should expect to study 2 hours every day for every hour spent in the classroom and additional time on weekends.

Summer 2017: GERM S1115D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GERM 1115 001/21759 M T W Th 10:00am - 12:05pm
313 Hamilton Hall
Simona Vaidean 4 13

GERM S1115Q Accelerated Elementary Reading, I and II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: no previous knowledge of German required, but some background is strongly recommended.

Equivalent to GERM F1113-F1114. This accelerated survey of German grammar, reading techniques, and dictionary skills is designed primarily for graduate students preparing for reading proficiency exams or wishing to do research in German-language literature. Extensive exercises in translation, reading for general comprehension, and specialized reading are based on texts drawn from the students' fields of study. Although this course does not satisfy any part of the foreign language requirement for degree candidates, successful completion of the translation on the final exam fulfills the German reading proficiency requirement in most graduate programs.Students are advised that this course is a full-time commitment. Students should expect to study 2 hours every day for every hour spent in the classroom and additional time on weekends.

Summer 2017: GERM S1115Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GERM 1115 002/12847 M T W Th 10:00am - 12:05pm
313 Hamilton Hall
Alexander Holt 4 9

GERM S1121D Intensive Elementary German, I and II. 8 points.


Fee: Language Resource Center Fee - 15.00

Equivalent to GERM V1101 and V1102. This intensive program provides one year of German in one six-week session. The course enables students to understand, speak, read, and write in German about a range of subjects: family activities, studies, work and home life, as well as travel, economics, and current events. Classes are conducted entirely in German and supplemented with written homework and audiovisual materials. The program draws on the German heritage of New York City (museums, Goethe Institut, restaurants, etc.). Students are encouraged to attend German-language films and musical performances. Students have many opportunities for informal conversation. Final grades are based on frequent oral and written tests, a project on German culture in New York, and a final examination. Students are advised that this course consitutes a full-time commitment. The workload of this course is very intense and students will be expected to spend 4-6 hours studying every day outside of class and additional time on weekends.

Summer 2017: GERM S1121D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GERM 1121 001/72795 M T W Th 12:00pm - 4:00pm
315 Hamilton Hall
Tabea Weitz 8 3

GERM S1201D Intermediate German, I. 4 points.


Fee: Language Resource Center Fee - 15.00

Prerequisites: GERM V1102 or GERM S1121, or the equivalent.

Equivalent to GERM V1201. Prepares students for GERM 1202 and for advanced German language and literature courses. Topics include personal interests, biographies, German unification, stereotypes, and German-American relations. Upon completion of the course, students should achieve intermediate-high proficiency (ACTFL scale) in speaking, listening, reading, and writing German. Students planning to study in Berlin in spring are advised to complete GERM S1201 in the Summer Session. Students are advised that this course is a full-time commitment. Students should expect to study 2 hours every day for every hour spent in the classroom and additional time on weekends.

Summer 2017: GERM S1201D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GERM 1201 001/29454 M T W Th 4:00pm - 6:05pm
406 Hamilton Hall
Irene Motyl 4 5

GERM S1202Q Intermediate German, II. 4 points.


Fee: Language Resource Center Fee - 15.00

Prerequisites: GERM V1201 or GERM S1201, or the equivalent.

Equivalent to GERM V1202. Topics cover areas of German literature, history, art, and society. Students also read a German novel or drama. Intermediate-high to advanced-low proficiency (ACTFL scale) in speaking, listening, reading, and writing German is expected upon completion. Prepares student for advanced German, upper-level literature and culture courses and study in Berlin. Students planning to study in Berlin in spring are advised to complete GERM S1202 in the Summer Session. Students are advised that this course is a full-time commitment. Students should expect to study 2 hours every day for every hour spent in the classroom and additional time on weekends.

Summer 2017: GERM S1202Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GERM 1202 001/63884 M T W Th 4:00pm - 6:05pm
313 Hamilton Hall
Michael Swellander 4 4

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.