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Queen's University
 

Year 3

 GRMN 306*  Business German III  NOT offered in 2014-2015  Slot: N/A

It is designed for students at the intermediate-advanced level and aims at further developing communicative competence in the specialized field of business, commerce and industry, and German in the workplace. The course includes appropriate discussion of related legal and economic issues. We will work on expanding vocabulary, deepening listening and reading comprehension skills, and practice business-related speaking activities. GRMN 306* also endevours to cultivate cross-cultural awareness and competence. The course is oriented towards preparing students for the internationally recognized business German exam Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf. More information on GRMN 306.

 GRMN 307*  Business German IV  NOT offered in 2014-2015  Slot: N/A

This course is designed for students at the intermediate level and aims at developing communicative competence in the specialized field of business, commerce and industry, and German in the workplace. The course includes discussion of related economic and legal issues. We will work on expanding our vocabulary, deepening our listening and reading comprehension skills, and practice business-related speaking activities. GRMN-307* also endeavours to cultivate cross-cultural awareness. This course also includes activities to prepare for the international examination Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf. More information on GRMN 307.

 GRMN 308*  Survey of German Cultural History I  Offered in Winter 2015  Slot: 42

Language learning involves five major skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and cultural competence. GRMN 308* focuses on the intensive development of all of these skills, in the context of an extended survey of the major historical events and cultural movements, from the Middle Ages to the early nineteenth century, that have shaped the identities of today's three German-speaking countries. (GRMN 309*, in the winter term, continues the survey until the present day.) The course builds systematically on participants' previous linguistic attainments, and classwork includes regular exercises in formal grammar, translation, and dictation as well as intensive practice in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The discussion of historical and cultural topics will be based on readings from Wulf Koepke's Die Deutschen: Vergangenheit und Gegenwart and will be supplemented by videos and other materials. More information on GRMN 308.

 GRMN 309*  Survey of German Cultural History II NOT Offered in 2014-15  Slot: N/A

Language learning involves five major skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and cultural competence. GRMN 309* (continuing from GRMN 308*) focuses on the intensive development of all of these skills, in the context of a survey of major historical events and cultural movements, from the early nineteenth century to the present day, that have continued to shape the identities of the three German-speaking countries. More information on GRMN 309.

 GRMN 311* German Culture and Language through Literature I  NOT Offered in 2014-15  Slot: N/A

An introduction to reading German literary texts, discussing them and writing about them in German. Major periods, authors, and texts of the 18th and 19th century will be examined. We will look at different genres: a novel and dramas (excerpts), short stories and poems and some film adaptations. The texts will be considered as documents written in a particular historical and cultural context and from a particular perspective. Other texts and art forms will be drawn upon to help us understand them. We practice close textual readings which will help students to explore the art of reading and interpreting literary texts and to learn basic methods of literary criticism. We also investigate the purpose of literature and what we can gain by reading. A further objective is to foster students' enjoyment of reading in German, as well as to expand their German language skills through the readings, class discussions, short presentations and writing practices. More information on GRMN 311.

 GRMN 312* German Culture and Language through Literature II NOT Offered: 2014 -20145  Slot:  NA

An introduction to reading German literary texts, discussing them and writing about them in German. Major periods, authors, and texts of the 20th century will be examined. We will look at different genres: a novel and dramas (excerpts), short stories and poems and some film adaptations. The texts will be considered as documents written in a particular historical and cultural context and from a particular perspective. Other texts and art forms will be drawn upon to help us understand them. We practice close textual readings which will help students to explore the art of reading and interpreting literary texts and to learn basic methods of literary criticism. We also investigate the purpose of literature and what we can gain by reading. A further objective is to foster students' enjoyment of reading in German, as well as to expand their German language skills through the readings, class discussions, short presentations and writing practices. More information on GRMN 312.

 GRMN 315*  Work and Study in Germany  Offered: F/W 2014-2015  INDV

Students who have participated in the Werkstudentenprogramm may obtain academic credit on their return by presenting, by the end of the Fall Term of the same year, a 2,500 word essay and submitting to a 20 minute oral exam about their experiences, both in the German language. Students will also be required to write a 90 minute written test in German. More information on GRMN 315.

GRMN 317 Contemporary Germany through Media and News Offered: Fall 2014 SLOT: 42


This course's aim is threefold: to improve students' comprehension and production of oral and written German through practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking; to increase their knowledge of contemporary issues in Germany, with a special focus on transnational perspectives; and to better their analytic skills and media literacy.

LEARNING HOURS 120.5 (36S;12.5G;72P)

PREREQUISITE A grade of C in GRMN 202/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

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