Syllabus for GR 209A-First Year-First Semester German



Course:  GR 209A                                                    Instructor: Frau Debbie Singer

Semester:  Fall 2016                                                  Office:  Carroll Hall, Room 208

Meeting days: Tues. and Thurs.                              E-mail:

Meeting Times: 9:25-10:40 and 12:15-1:05            Room Number: Main 306 and 305

Thurs 9:25-10:40                                                        Home phone:   303-499-4066

                                                                                    Office hours: Tues.  1:00 & Thurs: 11:00




Course Overview:

German 209A is a beginning language course, which assumes no prior knowledge or experience with German.  This course uses a variety of language teaching approaches to help students achieve the mastery of all flour basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  At the same time students will become familiar with some of the most important cultural traits of the German-speaking world.  At the beginning, emphasis will be given to listening comprehension and oral skills.  As the course progresses all skills will be incorporated.


Student Learning Outcomes:


By the end of 209A students will be able to:

  1. Understand the main idea of the spoken target language well enough to participate in simple conversations about some survival needs, familiar topics, and limited social conventions.
  2. Speak in complete sentences on the above-mentioned topics with sufficient accuracy in pronunciation and the use of vocabulary and grammar (using present tenses) so as to be understood by persons who are used to dealing with students of German.
  3. Read edited materials on familiar topics with an understanding of the main idea and some supporting details.
  4. Write short messages, paragraphs, and/or short compositions on familiar, personal, or survival topics, such as those listed above, with a logical organization and sufficient accuracy in grammar and spelling so as to be understood by persons who are used to dealing with students of the target language.
  5. Understand significant traits (lifestyles, attitudes, customs, etc.) of the German-speaking world, demonstrating awareness in basic, culturally specific verbal and non-verbal behavior to function appropriately in frequently encountered social situations.

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Administrative Information:

Disability Services:

Regis University, in compliance with federal guidelines, is committed to equal educational opportunity by assuring otherwise qualified students with disabilities equal access to Regis University programs and activities that are provided to students without disabilities.  An otherwise qualified person with a disability is a student who meets the academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in Regis University’s educational programs and activities.


To ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate services at Regis University, students with disabilities must identify themselves in a timely manner to the Office of Disability Services (ODS), Room 118B, Life Directions Center, 303-458-4941,, in order to be eligible for requested accommodation(s).  Current and comprehensive documentation must be on file with ODS prior to approval of the accommodation.

It is strongly encouraged that students self-disclose their disabilities at the beginning of their academic experience because accommodations are not retroactive.


Course Withdrawal Policy:

Students are expected to know and observe the published deadlines for (a) dropping the course and (b) withdrawing from the course. These deadlines are published on the University’s Academic Calendar, which is available in the Bulletin, the course schedule and is in the Dean’s Office. Please observe the following dates: Last Day to Drop the Course: September 2; Last Day to Withdraw from the Course (no refund): October 31st.   THESE DEADLINES ARE NOT FLEXIBLE.



Course Requirements:




Please note that credit in this class will only be given to work done by the actual student requesting credit and registered for this class. Keep in mind that any work done outside of class will be given credit following the same guidelines for work done in class: if outside assistance is not allowed on quizzes and/or exams, it will not be allowed in compositions and/or individually graded homework assignments. Please keep this in mind when working with tutors, requesting outside assistance, etc. Instructors will discuss in class how specific rules will apply to each assignment.  Talk to your instructor if you have questions about these policies.


Consistent with the College's Academic Integrity Policy, I will report all violations of this course's academic integrity policy to the Dean's office. Students who have committed multiple instances of academic dishonesty can be subject to institutional penalties like probation, suspension, or expulsion, in addition to the penalties for this course. The Academic Integrity policy is described in the Bulletin; detailed information about the policy and the appeals process can be found in the Dean's office."


Students are required to show proper classroom behavior, attend all classes, and to have an active participation in class and in all activities assigned for the course. In order to participate in class and use new language forms with the benefit of receiving feedback from your instructor, you need to attend classes regularly. Using the language to interact with your instructor and your classmates is an important aspect of learning the language and cannot be measured in written exams. Therefore, a portion of your final grade will depend on class participation. More than four (4) unexcused absences will result in the loss of participation points in the final grade: 2% will be deducted from the final grade for each absence above 4. More than a total of eleven (11) absences (excused or unexcused) during the semester will result in an automatic final grade of F for the course. If you are involved in any university sponsored activity and foresee a possibility of missing more than eleven (11) classes, you must talk to your instructor immediately. There is NO MAKE-UP of missed class work, quizzes or oral presentations. Talk to your instructor about any attendance problem.



The main goal when learning a foreign language is the actual use of the language for communication purposes. This involves a great deal of practice. Therefore, students must prepare and complete on time all work assigned in class. This includes readings, oral presentations, compositions and other written assignments, quizzes, activities manual exercises, and the web activities designed for this course. Plan to study at least two (2) hours outside of class for every hour of class time. This course offers the student ample opportunity to practice and do well in the class through a variety of assignments.  It is essential that students make a genuine effort to be up to date on all class activities.

Written Evaluations:

Written Exams: There will be chapter tests, a midterm, and a final exam with listening comprehension, grammar, reading, and composition, including questions and information on specific topics about the culture of the target language-speaking world.


Format for Midterm(or chapter tests) and Final Exam:


1.     Listening Comprehension: Students will listen to or read a text in the target language and will answer comprehension questions. Possible testing formats: short answer, multiple choice, True/False, matching, etc.

2.     Reading Comprehension: Students will read a text in the target language and will answer comprehension questions. Possible testing formats: short answer, multiple choice, True/False, matching, etc.

3.     Grammar Review: Students will show their understanding and proper use of selected grammar points. Possible testing formats: fill in the blanks, matching, transformation, rewrite, etc)

4.     Vocabulary Review: Students will show their understanding and proper use of selected vocabulary. Possible testing formats: (fill in the blanks, matching, transformation, etc.

5.     General Questions: Students will answer questions in the target language with complete sentences. Answers will be graded based on comprehension and accuracy in the use of language structures.

6.     Culture Questions: Students will answer questions in the target language about aspects of the target culture presented in class.  Answers will be graded based on content.

7.     Composition: Students will write a short composition on a specific topic in the target language. It will be graded based on readability, comprehension, fluency, organization, content, and appropriate use of vocabulary and language structures.


Quizzes: We will have at least four short quizzes. Quizzes will be graded based on accuracy of linguistic structures tested.  They will have different formats to familiarize students with the different parts included on the Mid-Term and the final exam.


MISSED EXAMS and/or QUIZZES: in general, there are no make-up exams and/or quizzes. If, however, for reasons beyond your control, you know that you will not be able to take an exam and/or quiz, talk to your instructor to arrange an alternate day or time before the day of the test. A student who misses an exam and/or quiz without previously arranging for an alternate day or time must present appropriate documentation of a personal tragedy or medical emergency in order to avoid a zero (0) in the evaluation.


Compositions: Students will write 4 or 5 short compositions using a “diary” style.   Most compositions will have two drafts. Students will use the Composition key provided in class to correct problems on the first draft.  The evaluation of the first draft will emphasize structure and content, while the evaluation of the final draft will emphasize content and communication correctness.  All compositions will be typewritten following the MLA style. Compositions will be graded based on content, organization, and appropriate use of grammar, vocabulary, and language mechanics (spelling, punctuation, etc.)


Oral Presentations/Exams: There will be two oral presentations/exams in groups or individually.  Oral presentations/exams will be graded based on amount of communication provided in spoken target language (not reading), ability to foster listener comprehension and interest, appropriate use of time, ability to answer questions in the target language, accuracy in pronunciation, and appropriate use of language structures and vocabulary. Preparation is crucial to do well in oral presentations.  Some preparation time will be provided during class time, but students will have to plan for some out of class individual and/or group work.

Volunteer Work: Service-Learning/Community-Based Learning

Students enrolled in this class may be given the opportunity to participate in Service-Learning/Community-Based Learning activities sponsored by the Regis College Center for Service Learning provided they are placed in an environment where they are exposed to the language they are studying on a regular basis.  This option is offered on a voluntary basis. Students who choose this option can get up to 20% of their final grade provided they fulfill the terms of their service-learning contract. If you choose to participate in this program, you will have to turn in your service-learning contract to the Center for Service Learning (CSL) by (specific date).  Failure to do so will result in loss of final grade points. Students are expected to provide at least 20 hours of service during the semester and to turn in a midterm hourly tracking form by (specific date); and supervisor evaluations to CSL by (specific date) in order to receive credit for their work. Students who choose to participate in service-learning will not have to take two quizzes and one oral exam; and will not have to write two of the compositions. Students are expected to fulfill all other requirements of the course: attendance, participation, homework, etc. Please inform your instructor, and turn in your service-learning contract to the Regis College Center for Service Learning by (specific date) if you decide to participate in this option.




Grade Scale:

A           94-100             B-         80-83              D+          68-69

A-         90-93               C+        78-79              D             64-67

B+         88-89               C          74-77              D-            60-63

B           84-87               C-         70-73              F             00-59


The Final Grade Breakdown:

Oral Presentations/Exams            20%

Quizzes                                      20%

Compositions                              20%

Participation/Homework               20%

Written Exams                            20%








Week 1: 23. August   (I have listed the assignments for the first 2 weeks of class.  They are due on the following class date.)

Introduction-read through page 6 and practice spelling name with the German alphabet

Level assessment quiz

25. August

Read pages 19 and 20  Do excercises 1 and 2

Read page 42   Do excercises 3 and 4

Practice the “Situationen” aloud


Week  2:  30. August

Read pages 20 and 21

Do excercises 3 and 4

Learn Vocabulary on page 8- Kleidung

Learn Vocabulary on page 27-Beschreibungen


Read page 23

Do Exercise 5

Learn numbers on page 15

Learn colors on page 10

Week 3:6. September
Composition 1 First draft .

Quiz 1

Chapter 1

Week  4: 13. September  
 Chapter 1


Week 5: 20. September
Composition 1, Second draft

Chapter 1and Chapter 2


Week 6: 27. September

Composition 2, First draft.
 Chapter 2

Week 7: 4. Oktober

Composition 2, Second draft.



Chapter 2

Week  8:Fall Break  10.-11. Oktober  
Chapter 2

ORAL Exam 1

Written exam  1.

Composition 3, First draft.


 Week 9: 18. Oktober             

 25. Oktober-  Midterm

Chapter 3



Week 10: 25. Oktober

Composition 3, Second draft

 Chapter 3

Week  11: 1. November
Composition 4, First draft

Chapter 3


Week 12:  8. November

Composition 4. Second draft

Chapter 4

Week 13:  15. November

Chapter 4


Week  14: 22. November                                                                                                                             
Composition 5, Optional. One version only

Chapter 5


Week15:  29. November                                                                                                                   


Oral Exam 2

Chapter 5


6. Dezember       Final exam         um 8 Uhr