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German 411 Spring Semester 2014 Advanced Stylistics TBA

Dr. Edward J. Weintraut Knight Hall 202B (301-2916) [email protected] Office Hours: TR 10-11 and by appointment

Course Objectives This course is designed to help you refine your abilities in all four language skills (speaking, writing, listening, and reading) so that you will be well prepared to pass the Zertifikat Deutsch exam administered by the Goethe Institut. The ZDF exam is offered twice yearly: in April and in October. Required Materials Fischer-Mitziviris, So geht’s besser zum ZD (Klett: 978312675571- 9) Reliable Internet access Dreyer-Schmitt, Practice Grammar of German Students with a documented disability must inform me at the close of the first class meeting or by the end of the first full week of classes. If you are not registered with Disability Services, I will refer you to the Student Support Services office for consultation regarding documentation of your disability and eligibility for accommodations under the ADA/504. In order to receive accommodations, eligible students must provide each instructor with a Faculty Accommodation Form from Disability Services. Students must return the completed and signed form to the Disability Services office on the 3rd floor of the Connell Student Center. Students with a documented disability who do not wish to use accommodations are strongly encouraged to register with Disability Services and complete a Faculty Accommodation Form each semester. For further information please contact Disability Services at 301-2778 or visit the website at http:// www.mercer.edu/stu_support/swd.htm. I reserve the right to determine on a casebycase basis whether circumstances (e.g. hospitalization, family tragedy) make it appropriate to waive provisionally any policy described below.

Grading System

Fractional grades after x.44 are rounded up (e.g. 65.45 = 66) A (90-100) B+ (86-89) B (80-85) C+ (76-79) D (66-69) F (0-65)

C (70-75)

Class Participation .............................................................................……....................... 30% Homework ................................................................................................…………............. 45% Quizzes ....................................................................................................…………............. 25%

Attendance Policy and Class Participation: We will meet on twice a week for two hours. I expect you to come to each class session well prepared to contribute meaningfully in German to class discussion. I will subjectively evaluate the quality of your participation at the end of each class session on a six-point scale (100-94-86-80-74-68-62-50-0). Should you miss more than three class sessions unexcused, I will assign for each day of absence the grade of “0” (zero) and deduct from your final course grade “2” (two) point for each class session missed. The total number of points accrued by the end of the semester will determine this component of your final course grade. Homework will be assigned for every class session. Homework comprises discussions of written, audio and video texts as well as grammar and vocabulary exercises. You are required to submit electronically the answers to all exercises one full day prior to the next class session. If you fail to meet this deadline you will receive only half credit for work submitted by the time we meet for class; homework submitted after our class session will receive no credit. I will evaluate the content of each component of grammar, reading and listening assignments on the following scale: 75% or higher correct (3) — 60%-75% correct (2) — less than 60% correct (1) — not submitted (0). One of your major weekly assignments is to complete a brief composition based on exercises in the textbook. These compositions will be graded according to a rubric to be distributed in class. The number of points accrued for all homework assignments by the end of the semester will determine your final grade for homework. Quizzes on vocabulary and grammar will be assigned with at least one week advance notice. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped before the final quiz grade is calculated.