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About German 102


You are about to experience the opportunity to participate in a new German course developed at, of all places, right here at Hope College. It will be significantly different from any other language course you have had before, so if you have some preconceptions of what learning German is like, please try to check them at the door!


We will be using Auf geht's! which is available from the Hope/Geneva Bookstore. Do not buy a used edition unless it is essentially new -- you will be writing in the book and filling in material, and if it's already filled in by someone else, then it won't be your work.

You also need a paperback German-English dictionary, either from the Hope bookstore or elsewhere.


There will be periodic vocabulary and unit quizzes at times indicated on the syllabus.

NOTE: There are NO make-up vocabulary quizzes; we drop your lowest two scores at the end of the semester, which for most people means dropping a couple of missed quizzes.


There will be written homework as well as work on the interactive software that will need to be printed off for class.

NOTE: Unless you notify us in advance, late homework is assessed a penalty of 20% per day. If you turn it in a day late, the highest grade you can get on it is an 80, which is the borderline between a B- and a C+. Save yourself the hassle: turn homework in on time.


Your grade in the course will be based on the following scale:

  • 10% Assigned essays
  • 10% Lernbuch
  • 10% Grammar homework
  • 10% Software printouts
  • 20% Vocab quizzes
  • 10% Unit exams
  • 20% Midterm and final
  • 10% Participation

Classroom Life

During the short 50 minutes allotted to us each day, we have a great deal to accomplish. Please help this take place by heeding the following rules and regs:

  • No food or drink in class
  • Computers, phones, and other devices silenced and stowed
  • Bring the Lernbuch every day
  • Bring some notepaper clipped to the front of the Lernbuch
  • Bring a pen or pencil (or two or three)
  • Backpacks and bags at the back of the room (so we can move)
  • Be on time and be ready to TALK!