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Course Supervisor:
Monika Chavez, Associate Professor of German
email: mmchavez@wisc.edu
Office: Van Hise 846
Office Hours: Wed 10-12

German Department:
Van Hise Hall, 8th floor
Phone: (608) 262-2192
Hours: 8:00-12:00; 1:00-4:00
[closed during lunch hour]


Required Texts:
Lovik, Guy, Chavez, Vorprung. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. (1997). [Textbook and Workbook]

Recommended Text:
Cecile Zorach and Charlotte Melin, English Grammar for Students of German. Olivia&Hill Press. (latest edition)

Digital Learning Lab

Pronunciation and listening for comprehension are essential skills and need to be emphasized in Beginning German. Although old-fashioned tapes are still being played in the language lab (on the second floor of Van Hise Hall), most of you will want to listen to the "sounds of German" and various listening texts, i.e., all texts from the textbook: Anlauftexte, Aufbautexte, Zieltexte as well as various other "Hörtexte" from the textbook (marked with an icon) and the workbook on-line. To access these texts on-line, please follow the following steps:

  1. Go to the LSS (Learning Support Services) website at: http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/lss/
  2. Go to "Students"/Digital Learning Labs
  3. Scroll down to "LSS online materials".
  4. Select a sound, text, or exercise.
  5. You will be asked to enter a user name and a password (given to you at the beginning of the semester).

Be aware that both user name and password are case sensitive, i.e., need to be entered in lower case letters.

Grade Breakdown

Here is an overview of assignments and their relative weight for the final grade, in accordance with the goals outlined above:



6 Vocabulary quizzes (@ 3% each)
6 Grammar quizzes (@ 4% each)
4 Writing assignments (@ 2% for 3 and 4% for 1)
2 Oral Projects (@ 5% each)
2 Reading Exams (@3% and 5%)
Course Participation



Final grade is based on the following percentage break downs:
92+% = A; 89-91.9% = AB; 82-88.9% = B; 79-81.9% = BC; 70-78.9% = C; 60-69.9 = D; 0-59.9% = F