Department of Germanic Studies

Peijie Gao


B.A. in Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Concentration: German) from Colorado State University. M.A. in East Asian Studies from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Graduate Student, Assistant Instructor
Peijie Gao

Contact

  • Office: BUR 374
  • Office Hours: Fri, 10-11am
  • Campus Mail Code: C3300

Interests


Weimar cinema, die neue Frau, Trümmerfilm

Biography


Peijie Gao holds a BA in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures from Colorado State University, an MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree at UT Austin. His research interests include Weimar cinema, the new woman, and the rubble film. Before coming to UT Austin, he taught Japanese at the UIUC as a teaching assistant.

Courses


GER 506 • First-Year German I

38340 • Fall 2021
Meets MW 8:00AM-9:00AM JES A305A

Course Description

German 506, a first semester German course, assumes no prior knowledge of German. (Note: If you have prior knowledge of German, you must take a placement test before taking classes at UT.) German 506 introduces students to the language and culture of the modern German-speaking world. Every effort is made to present opportunities to use the language: for self-expression in everyday situations, for basic survival needs in German-speaking language communities, and for personal enjoyment. To this aim, lessons center on linguistic, communicative, and cultural goals.

The functional communicative approach that we take in this course—and in the larger German program at UT—focuses on learning to use basic German language forms, i.e., grammar and vocabulary, in meaningful contexts in a variety of real-life situations and across spoken and written genres. To help students develop their ability to communicate effectively in German, they are expected to come prepared for class, use German, and actively participate in pair and group activities. Students should expect to spend two hours studying for each class period in order to keep up with the pace of the class. 

 

Required Texts:

  1. Course textbook: Christine Anton, Tobias Barske, Jane Grabowski, & Megan McKinstry (2016). Sag mal. An Introduction to German Language and Culture. Second Edition. Vista Higher Learning.
  2. Sag mal Basic Supersite
  3. Sag mal WebSAM (Student Activities Manual)

 

Grading Policy

Students’ progress in the class will be assessed during the semester across the following categories:

1  Class participation assessed weekly (10%)

2  Homework (15%)

3  Short writing tasks with multiple drafts (15%)

4  Chapter tests (25%)

5  Structured reflections on learning experiences (5%)

6  Regular quizzes (10%)

7  Short collaborative video project (10%)

8  Final oral exam done in pairs (10%)

 

Opportunities for extra credit are available. There are no incompletes given in German 506. A grade of C or better is required to enroll in German 507 (i.e., a C- is not a passing grade).

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