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B1 - Business German
Instructor: Uwe Bergermann
As a key language of the European Union that is also widely spoken in the emerging economies of Eastern Europe, German can be a great tool for expanding the horizons of your career. This course focuses on business communication in German: not only will you learn the German you need to make phone calls, write emails and participate in meetings with German-speaking clients and business partners, but you will also examine the cultural differences between business interaction in Germany and in the U.S.
B2 - Delikatessen
Instructor: Heidi Ziegler
In addition to a thorough German grammar review of B1/B2 grammar topics, this class will have a close look at the culture of food. We will explore where some foods come from and how they are refined. What do they evoke in us? What food habits do we encounter in Germany? How do the Swiss really feel about chocolate? What makes Austrian desserts so tasty? This class will include food tastings and examine representations of food in selected feature films, documentaries, fairy tales, and excerpts of novels.
C1 - Current Affairs in Germany
Instructor: Jürgen Reichert
Germany’s role in world affairs has grown significantly in recent years. Considered to be “the leader of the Western world, the defender of trans-Atlantic alliances and multilateralism,” Angela Merkel is currently trying to build a new governing coalition. As the E.U. faces challenges from within, Germany is playing an increasingly large role in holding the continent together. This class will allow you to refine your German language skills and learn more about current affairs in Germany. We will read articles from German newspapers and magazines, watch news clips from major broadcasters, and discuss the issues with one another in class.
C2 - Fremd in Deutschland (Literature & Migration)
Instructor: Regula Ruegg
Wie ergeht es Fremden in Deutschland? Bleibt man fremd? Kann Integration glücken? Hört das Heimweh irgendwann mal auf? Es gibt neue und ältere Literatur, die sich mit den Themen Flucht, Ankommen und Integration beschäftigt. Wir lesen “Nach der Flucht” von Ilija Trojanow, ergänzt durch einen Reader mit Gedichten, Erzählungen und Romanauszügen von Abbas Khider, Fatma Aydenir, Shida Bazyar, Sevgi Özdamar, Yoko Tawada, Katja Petrowskaja und anderen. Im Kurs ergänzen wir die Lektüre mit aktuellen Interviews und Artikeln, die politische und konkrete Probleme von Zuwandern in Deutschland beleuchten.
Die Studenten besorgen das Buch selber: Nach der Flucht von Ilija Trojanow, S. Fischer-Verlag, 2017, ca. 15 Euro (auch als Hörbuch und eBook erhältlich)
Introduction to Linguistics
Instructor: Zoltan Galsi
This course is intended to be an introduction to a range of linguistic concepts that will make learning German easier: What is case for? What are prepositions for? Why must words come in certain orders? See how Old English, the variety of English used in the Middle Ages, can be considered an "intermediate stage" between a language like German, on the one hand, with a strict "verb-second" rule and endings for accusative, dative, and genitive cases, and present day English, on the other hand, where little remains of these features. Learners of German will gain important linguistic and historical context for German grammar they might find problematic, so that mastering the language becomes easier and faster. Taught in English.
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