Approved by Faculty Senate.
College of Liberal Arts
Winona State University
Department: Foreign Languages Date of Revision: Spring 2002
Course Number: German 302 Course Title: German Conversation and
Number of Credits: 4 Frequency of Offering: Every Other Year
Prerequisite(s): German 202 or equivalent Grading: Grade Only
Oral Communication 191 SATISFIES UNIVERSITY STUDIES
Instructor: Ronald Mazur ORAL COMMUNICATION FLAG
Office: Somsen 319A Phone: 457-5165
Fokus Deutsch. Robert Di Donato, McGraw Hill 2000 (Levels 1, 2, 3)
Der treffende Ausdruck. Texte, Themen, Übungen, 2nd ed., Brigitte
M.Turneaure. W. W. Norton and Company, 1997.
- Catalog Description
The practice of advanced language skills through conversation and
composition. Offered every two years.
- Statement of major focus and objectives of the course
This course builds on previous work in German and seeks to expand the
students ability to speak and write original German at an advanced level of
- Basic Instructional Plan and Teaching Methods Used
The student will view thirty-six chapters of Fokus Deutsch to become
acquainted with contemporary linguistic usage and life in the German-speaking
world. Both private and public spheres will be treated and students will
observe how native speakers express themselves and communicate with one
another in a wide range of real-life situations. Using these models as a point
of departure, students will make extemporaneous presentations and participate
in classroom discussions to develop and demonstrate an active command of the
Compositional Skills will be taught through the use of structural exercises
and writing assignments from the second text, Der Treffende Ausdruck.
University Studies Rationale: Oral Communication Flag
A. Earn significant course credit through extemporaneous oral
- Students will focus on speaking on current topics and everyday subjects.
|Travel by car and train|
|Staying in touch (letters, phone calls, e-mail)|
|20th century history in the German speaking world|
|Hatred of foreigners|
B. Understand the features and types of speaking in their disciplines.
- Students will learn the different levels of style and discourse that
are appropriate to the public or private spheres.
C. Adapt their speaking to field-specific audiences.
- Students will also learn to speak on subjects appropriate to German
cultural concerns in three major countries: Germany, Austria, and
D. Receive appropriate feedback from teachers and peers, including
suggestions for improvement.
- Conversations and oral presentations in German will be observed and
evaluated by fellow students and the instructor.
E. Make use of the technologies used for research and speaking in the
- German language audio-visual materials, books, magazines, and internet
resources are used in the course.
F. Learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation
in their fields.
- Students will learn the proper structural formats and linguistic usage
for German monologues, dialogues and extemporaneous oral presentations.
4. Course Work and Requirements: Fokus Deutsch: Chapters 1-36
Der treffende Ausdruck: Chapters 1-12
Tests and Grading:
5 extemporaneous presentations: 50%
2 language usage tests: 20%
3 written compositions: 30%
Grading Scale: 100-90 = A; 80-89 = B; 70-79 = C; 60-69=D