German III
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German III

Students will have a short review of intermediate German, then focus will turn to expansion of vocab along with complex sentence formulation, subordinating conjunctions, present subjunctive, verb-preposition combinations, relative pronouns after prepositions, advanced comparative and superlative, da-compounds, modals with present perfect and double infinitives, modals with present and past subjunctive, word order of adverbials and more!  Additional facets of German-speaking cultures will also be presented.  Students will study exciting and thought-provoking short stories and poetry by Johann von Goethe, Margot Bickel, Eugen Viehmann, Eva van Hoboken and Helga Novak as well as folk legends.  Students will memorize Bible verses in German, including the Nicene Creed. Receiving rigorous, individualized attention during class for pronunciation and grammar proficiency, students will speak German in every class with the instructor and with each other. Classes will feature famous German-speaking composers and their works, ERF Christian TV/radio, Sermonettes, Bayern 5 and interesting videos.  German III will be taught mainly in German and will offer preparation for students interested in taking the German CLEP exam, to be exempt from college foreign language requirements.  All German III students at Excelsior who have taken the German CLEP exam have passed!

Placement test and answer key for German III are here.

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Textbook: Deutsch Aktuell 3 (5th Ed) by Wolfgang Kraft, ISBN: 978-0821926055

Deutsch Aktuell 3 Workbook (5th Ed) by Wolfgang Kraft, ISBN: 978-0821926086

Students will have access to audio listening exercises for each textbook chapter at no cost.

Since 2011, Susan Gleason has taught German online. She has an extensive background in foreign languages.

Traveling internationally since she was eight years old, her travels include Europe, Scandinavia, Estonia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, South and Central Americas, and South Africa. Susan studied German in college and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986. In 1985, while still a college student, Susan led a Bible-smuggling operation into Soviet-controlled Estonia. She lived in Germany from 1986-1991, experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall, and had some daring adventures outwitting East Berlin border guards. Susan did post-graduate studies at Universität Würzburg, Universität Bonn, and FAS Germersheim. She worked as an interpreter at the international trade fairs in Cologne, as well as a translator and private tutor.

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