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Spring 2018 Special Conversation Courses:
Introduction to Linguistics (all levels)
Wednesdays, 10am-12pm OR Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
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.
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. Required Textbook: Geschäftliche Begegnungen B1, Schubert Verlag. Taught in German.
B1/B2 - Green Germany: Nature and the Environment in German life and culture
Instructor: Marianne Zwicker
In this course we will discuss everything from nature poetry and landscape painting to Germans' strong environmental consciousness, issues of climate change, and environmental technology. Through discussing literature and film, as well as non-literary texts, we will review B1 vocabulary and grammar concepts and gain a sound foundation for the B2 levels. Taught in German.
C1/C2 - Literature: Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Instructor: Regula Ruegg
Detailed description coming soon.
C2+ Beyond Mastery
Instructor: Regula Rüegg
Das C2-Niveau halten und vertiefen? Dann sind Sie hier richtig! Zu aktuellen Themen lesen wir Zeitungsartikel, verfolgen Diskussionssendungen und diskutieren in der Klasse. Auch Referate halten, Statements und Meinungen schriftlich formulieren gehören zu den Zielen dieses Kurses. Schwerpunkt in diesem Semester: Phraseologie, also Sprichwörter, Redewendungen, feste Ausdrücke, Kollokationen. Wir suchen diese Ausdrücke, in Zeitungsartikeln und Lesetexten und versuchen, sie in den aktiven Wortschatz aufzunehmen und anzuwenden.
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