BELLEVUE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Arts & Humanities
REQUIRED MATERIAL: Deutsch: Na klar!, McGraw-Hill, 4th edition
1. Textbook (always bring to class)
2. Arbeitsbuch (always bring to class)
3. CDs available for pick-up in L219
OPTIONAL MATERIAL: Deutsch: Na klar! Interactive CD-Rom
English Grammar for German learning Students by C.
Zorach (A correlation
to our textbook is available online:
Germany: Unraveling an Enigma by Greg Nees
(Available in the BCC library)
COURSE CONTENT: Deutsch 103: Kapitel 10-14
· To acquaint you with the language and culture of the German speaking world and thereby enable you to develop an appreciation and critical stance toward your own.
· To help you acquire better study habits.
· To prepare you for an increasingly interdependent world, where the knowledge of different languages and cultures will be necessary.
· The purpose of this syllabus is not only to help every student understand the format, expectations, and policies of this class, but also to ensure that learning takes place for EVERY student. A class can be as successful as each student is willing to participate in the learning experience. If we look at our classroom as a community that works best as a team, where each of us gives and takes, we all should benefit for the best. Lets let common sense rule us on our path into a new world.
Be open and patient
toward your new language learning experience.
Language learning is a long and sometimes slow process. Therefore, be consistent and study on a daily
basis to make it an enjoyable experience.
Foreign language learning is something that requires a lot of
memorization and repetition. Day-to-day
work in class, at home, practice with classmates, and constant revision of past
material upon which the new material gradually grows are the best way of
ensuring success. Be fair to yourself
and set realistic goals! You should
average two hours of outside study for each hour of classroom work. You will have to go home and practice the
· At the end of this quarter, you would have acquired basic vocabulary, and you would be able to form simple yet well-constructed sentences, read brief descriptive paragraphs, and easily deduct the main idea or gist without recurring to mental translation. You would be able to distinguish and correctly produce new sounds by recognizing words, phrases, and sentences spoken to you. You should be able to react and reply accordingly, if not always correctly.
· You are encouraged to develop a genuine interest in German by embracing its culture. Thus, you are invited to establish connections in and out of the classroom setting to enrich your new acquired knowledge and foster understanding of the German-speaking world. The library, Germans on campus, the German House in Seattle, the Internet, German TV and radio stations, film, music, newspapers, books etc, are great sources to accelerate the learning process.
Please feel free
to contact me with any concerns you have regarding this class. Dont make any premature decisions before
talking to me. A lot of things can be
solved or at least clarified during a conversation. At any time you can check with me to find out
how you are doing in class, and what possibilities I might be able to suggest
to you (if needed) in order to improve.
Please remember that I
· If you require accommodation based on a documented disability, have emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case of emergency evacuation, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.
· If you would like to inquire about becoming a DSS student you may call 564-2498 or go in person to the DSS (Disability Support Services) reception area in the Student Services Building. The DSS office has great resources available to students. Please take advantage of this wonderful service.
Please read the Arts & Humanities Division Policy: http://www.bcc.ctc.edu/ArtsHum/policy.html
· This is not a distant learning class J Attendance is mandatory, and will be part of your final grade. We are meeting 51 times this quarter. Two (2) points will be given for being in class each day. If you miss 2 weeks or more (10 days) of the quarter your final grade will drop one full letter grade. (Please note that this is different from the A & H policy according to which you would fail the class). These 9 days are for discretionary as well as emergency absences. Be careful as to how many discretionary days you want to use in order to have enough leeway for emergencies. You dont want to run out of days when getting a bad flu or other.
Please be on
time. If you can
· Homework will be given on a daily basis, and it will be part of your grade. This is your way of keeping up with the subject matter. Homework is not always what the teacher collects and grades. Homework is your time spent with the material outside of class. You absolutely have to make it a habit. Homework is one way of practicing. Most of the time your homework will result out of the lesson. You have to do your exercises in your workbook & lab manual up to the material that we covered in class. You need CDs that go along with the lab exercises in the workbook. They are ready for pick-up in the Media Center in L219.
· All written workbook and lab assignments (Kapitel 10-14) are due after each Kapitel on the day of the test during class. It is your responsibility to keep up with the exercises, and to make corrections in a different color with the help of the answer key. Your corrections will enable you to go back, and analyze what kind of mistakes you are making, and learn from them. It is not important how many mistakes you made, but if you made proper corrections. Please staple your complete written and oral exercises together in the right order. I dont want to lose any of your precious work, and I wont accept workbooks that are not stapled. 10% of the total points for the workbook & lab exercises will be taken off for each day, the assignments are turned in late.
· You can get CDs of the material for the lab exercises in the Media Center in L219.
· Tests will be given after each Kapitel and cover all grammatical structures and new words. Tests take place in class. They will be announced in advance. There will be no comprehensive mid-term or final. This is to emphasize the need for constant attention as well as to discourage cramming, which is counterproductive in language learning. One of the first four (4) tests will be thrown out at the end of the quarter that could be a test you missed or a low-test score. This however does NOT apply to the final chapter test.
· If you need extra exercises beyond the textbook and the workbook please go to the website that goes along with the book: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072408170/student_view0/kapitel_e-999/) These web assignments may also be of great use to review before a test.
· Quizzes - announced and unannounced - will be a regular part of this class. This is to help each one of you to keep up your study outside of class, and to emphasize the need for consistent study on your own. One of your lowest quiz scores will be thrown out at the end of the quarter.
No make-up tests,
quizzes, homework, or any other assignments will be provided.
· There is no extra credit in this class.
· BCC offers tutoring in C162. You are able to see a tutor for free for a total of 2 hours a week. I strongly encourage students to take advantage of this wonderful service. Please come and check with me to find out which areas you need help on. Students who have a C grade on their first test will be required to make an appointment with the tutor. Please come prepared for the tutor to get the most out of your time. Bring your tests, quizzes, and any other assignments along with you. Here is the info for tutoring: http://www.bcc.ctc.edu/tutoring/sched-german.htm
Work ethic & civility in the classroom
· Your work ethic will directly relate to how well you do in class. Coming consistently late to class will make it harder for you to start with the days workload. It will also cause a disruption to other students. If you do have questions please dont hesitate to ask when appropriate. It keeps you and others on task. Talking to other students in class while the teacher is introducing new material is not only depriving you from a first shot at it, but others too. Consistency is going to be a very important part for success in your language learning. If you dont understand an exercise, please dont hesitate to ask right away.
· Everyone in class deserves a healthy learning environment. Please show respectful behavior toward your fellow students and teacher.
Grades will be based on the following:
Assignments are due a day after they have been assigned unless otherwise specified by the instructor.
An incomplete grade can only be given, if the student is missing one (1) assignment at the end of the quarter. You will need to arrange with the instructor before the end of the quarter (Mon June 12, 2006) by what time the missing assignment has to be made-up. This usually applies only to students who have an emergency on the final day. It is however up to the instructor whether an incomplete can be granted based on the provision that one (1) of the four (4) first test grades will be thrown out. (See above)
What grade do you want to get in this class?
· It is important to me to evaluate you so you can make responsable decisions for your future. The following will help you understand where you are at in class.
· Decide at the beginning of the quarter if you want to be an A B C or D student, and read below what that student needs to do in order to get the grade s/he wants:
The A student
· Demonstrates consistent mastery of learning outcomes for the course;
· Demonstrates ability to interprete, integrate, and apply learning outcomes beyond the context of the course through application of critical and creative thinking skills;
· Completes work assignments that consistently exceed requirements and that interpret and apply objectives in new, unique, or creative ways;
· Demonstrates consistent leadership in class participation activities.
The B student
· Demonstrates a high level of competence in learning outcomes for the course;
· Demonstrates ability to interpret, integrate, and apply learning outcomes within the context of the course through application of critical and creative thinking skills;
· Completes work assignments that consistently meet most requirements;
· Contributes regularly to class participation activities.
The C student
· Demonstrates a satisfactory level of competence in learning outcomes for the course;
· Demonstrates competent ability to interpret, integrate, and apply learning outcomes within the context of the course;
· Completes work assignments that satisfy minimum requirements for the course;
· Satisfies minimum requirements for class participation activities.
The D student
· Demonstrates minimum competence in some learning outcomes for the course;
· Completes work assignments that usually meet minimum requirements;
· Contributes inconsistently or infrequently to class participation activities.
The F student
· Cannot demonstrate competence in many or fundamental learning outcomes;
· Submits work assignments that frequently do not meet minimum requirements, or does not complete the assigned work;
· Does not satisfy minimum requirements for attendance or contribution to class activities.
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I acknowledge the receipt of the syllabus and I assume full responsability for reading, understanding and implementing the procedures and expectations of this German class.
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