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  GERMAN COURSES

Most students who choose German to satisfy their 3-semester foreign language requirement in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) complete the following three courses: German 111 (Elementary German I), German 112 (Elementary German II), and German 210 (Intermediate German I). These courses are taught on a regular basis each semester.

German 111. Elementary German I. (5 hours).

Develops the four fundamental skills in language learning (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in an appropriate cultural context. Requires daily classroom attendance and weekly online work. 

German 112. Elementary German II. (5 hours).

Further develops the four fundamental skills in language learning (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in an appropriate cultural context. Requires daily classroom attendance and weekly online work. Prerequisite: one unit of high school German, German 111, or departmental consent. 

German 210. Intermediate German I. (5 hours). 

General education introductory course. Grammar review and cultural readings primarily for students seeking to meet the foreign-language requirement of Fairmount College. Prerequisite: two units of high school German, German 112, or departmental consent.

 

The following sequence of lower- and upper-division courses is offered for those students who wish to pursue their study of German beyond German 210:

German 224. Intermediate German II. (3 hours).

This course is a fourth-semester German course, which includes intensive reading and discussion of short works combined with grammar review.
Prerequisite: German 210.

German 225. German Conversation. (2 hours).

This course is intended to provide students an opportunity to practice speaking in German on familiar topics. It is recommended that students take this course concurrently and in conjunction with German 224 (see above).
Prerequisite: German 210, 224, or concurrent enrollment in 224.
 

UPPER DIVISION COURSES

German 300. Intermediate German Readings. (3 hours).

General education further-study course. Reading and analysis of German short stories, prose selections from major contemporary works, and poetry, combined with oral and written practice and advanced grammar review.
Prerequisite: German 224 or instructor¹s consent. 
 

COURSES FOR GRADUATE/UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT

German 505. German Phonology. (2 hours).

This course deals with corrective pronunciation (articulation of German speech sounds and intonation) as well as formal phonetic analysis. Students are taught the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) in order to improve their use of German dictionaries and possible comparison of German dialects.
Prerequisite: German 224, 225, or instructor's consent. 

German 526. Advanced German Grammar and Composition. (3 hours).

This course continues the advanced grammar review begun in German 300 (see above). It focuses on developing German writing skills, including the ability to express oneself with grammatical accuracy and stylistically appropriate vocabulary.
Prerequisite: German 300 or instructor's consent.

  

 

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 MINORING IN GERMAN

To earn a minor in German, students must complete a minimum of 11 credit hours beyond German 210. Completing the following series of courses will ordinarily fulfill the requirements of the German minor:

• German 224 (3 hours)
• German 225 (2 hours)
• German 300 (3 hours)
• German 526 (3 hours)
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or   • German 224 (3 hours)
• German 300 (3 hours)
• German 505 (2 hours)
• German 526 (3 hours)
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TOTAL: 11 credit hours   TOTAL: 11 credit hours

Since the upper-division courses (German 300 and above) are not routinely offered each semester, students may also apply MCLL 351 (Linguistics and Foreign Languages) towards the credit hours needed to minor in German. Typical series of courses may consist of:

• German 224 (3 hours)
• German 300 (3 hours)
• MCLL 351 (3 hours)
• German 505 (2 hours)
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or   • German 224 (3 hours)
• German 225 (2 hours)
• German 300 (3 hours)
• MCLL 351 (3 hours)
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TOTAL: 11 credit hours   TOTAL: 11 credit hours

 

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  • Note that MCLL 351 "Linguistics and Foreign Languages" is ordinarily offered each year in the fall semester. German 300 and German 526 are often taught as two sequential half-semester courses in the spring.

 

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GERMAN FACULTY

The German program at Wichita State is currently staffed by three faculty: Ms Liana Wagle (lecturer in German and Italian), Ms Debbie Wadman (Fairmount lecturer in German), and Dr Gary Toops (professor of Russian and linguistics).

Professor Toops

Professor Toops received his B.A. degree with a double major in German and Russian from McGill University in Montréal. Thereafter he spent two semesters pursuing Germanic, Romance, and Slavic studies at the University of Hamburg (Universität Hamburg). Professor Toops went on to teach German for three years as an Acting Instructor at Yale University while pursuing a Ph.D. in Slavic linguistics, which he received from Yale in 1985. He now specializes in Upper Sorbian, one of two Slavic languages spoken by ethnic minorities in the eastern German states of Saxony (Sachsen) and Brandenburg. He also maintains frequent contact with his German relatives in Bavaria (Bayern). From 2008 through 2012 Professor Toops served annually as a reader of Advanced Placement German exams for the Educational Testing Service.

 

Debbie WadmanDebbie Wadman attended the University of Kansas and received a Bachelor of Science degree there and did graduate work at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and at Wichita State University.  She received her MA from WSU and taught at various high schools around the country, including 7 years at Wichita Collegiate School, where she was a recipient of the Pathfinder's Award in 1999, and she also taught for 5 years in the IB Program at East High School.  While living in Germany between 1977 and 1982, she taught for the University of Maryland, European Division and also taught English at a vocational-technical school, Berufsbildende Schule, Gerolstein in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.  Ms. Wadman has taken student groups to Germany on a German-American Partnership Program exchanges to Naila, in Franconia and to Berlin.  She maintains close friendships with German friends, visiting them in summer every few years, or hosting them here in Wichita.  Ms. Wadman is active in the American Association of Teachers of German and she is currently President of the Kansas Chapter of this organization, the KATG. Frau Wadman began teaching as Instructor of German for WSU's department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures in 2004.

 

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