Conducted in German
Taught by Chadwick Smith
Conversation and Composition is designed for post-intermediate students of German with a solid grasp of German grammar and vocabulary who wish to expand on their knowledge of the German language, history, and culture through reading, discussion, and writing. Conversation and Composition is a reading, writing, and speaking intensive course. Emphasis will be placed on refining written and spoken expression, with particular focus on the ability to articulate opinions, exchange substantive information, and argue points of view; developing analytic and interpretive writing skills; and encouraging flexibility of expression. In addition, a thorough grammar review will be part of our work. During the course of the semester we will explore the fascination with ghosts, ghostly apparitions, scenes of dread, and haunted or scientifically inexplicable events from the 1800s to today—in particular, with the enduring association of new technologies and electronic media with paranormal or spiritual phenomena from a media or science and technologies studies perspective.