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Basic Language and Culture Program (101-104)

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Welcome to the Basic German Language and Culture Program: German 101-104

Embark on an exciting language-learning journey with us. Our classes are designed to provide a comprehensive and immersive experience, tailored to help you master the German language effectively and develop cultural insights into the German-speaking world. Here’s what you can expect from our program:

Course schedule

Placement test


About our classes:

  • Small class sizes to facilitate personalized learning;
  • Ample opportunities to build connections with classmates; voluntary social events
  • Real-life communication tasks for practical language skills—skills that will improve your knowledge of English;
  • Collaborative explorations of effective language-learning strategies;
  • Diverse reading materials ranging from comics to blogs to short literary texts;
  • Interactive discussions on German TV, movies, media, and podcasts.
  • Free tutoring
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Relevant topics about Germany’s past and present are covered:

  • Major events in German political and cultural history;
  • German inventions benefiting society from the printing press to craft beer;
  • Germany’s longstanding leadership role in sustainability;
  • Opportunities for studying in Germany tuition-free.
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About projects in our classes and in Germany:

  • Group projects on aspects of German culture that interest you;
  • Get funding for study and internships in Germany;

Receive support for study abroad experiences in Germany to develop language skills for your research needs and personal enjoyment.

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Voluntary Extracurricular activities:

  • German Club members plan events together and go to events like film-screenings, Oktoberfest, and the Christkindlmarket;
  • Weekly SprachCafe sessions provide opportunities to converse in German;
  • Alumni talk about jobs in German;
  • The Department organizes viewings and discussions of German TV shows.
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Friendly Peer Tutors:

We understand that learning a new language can be challenging, which is why our friendly peer tutors are here to assist you every step of the way.

  • Do you have questions about pronouncing German words?
  • Do you need extra practice before the oral exam?
  • Do you have questions about grammar?
  • Do you want to explore effective study strategies?

Peer tutors understand your questions and enjoy helping you!

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For more information on German 101-104 policies, the placement test, and course syllabi please contact the Director of the German Basic Language Program.

Interested in taking German after 104? Majoring or minoring in German? For information about German electives and the major or minor, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for German.