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Survival German for the Chinese Visitor


Course no.: 03-01-EXC-13051-A

 

The course is designed to give students a chance to immerse themselves in a German environment through bits and pieces of aspects of life in Germany. Learning elementary German is interwoven into each learning section. The range of topics is a broad mix of everyday topics, academic research, and the particulars of student life in Germany.

 

Purpose:

  • Develop curiosity and confidence about German culture.
  • Get a feeling for relevant and fun aspects of German language.
  • Get to know German concepts about life and cooperation.
  • Be familiar with a range of typical German behaviour patterns, and ways to respond to new cultural standards.
  • Develop the ability to make sensible choices about studying German.
  • Develop coping strategies when studying abroad.

 

Session

Date
(Tue/Fri)

Time

Venue

Contents

1

Feb 25 (Tue)

14:30-17:00

TBC

Who are the Germans? A brief tour through German history, its landscapes and the different personalities of people by regions – learning about different ways of greeting, characteristics of small talk

2

Feb 28 (Fri)

14:30-17:00

TBC

Food - Bread, potatoes, sausages and beer, “Kaffee und Kuchen” – How to enjoy German food and verbally name and order what you’d like to try out

3

Mar 3 (Tue)

14:30-17:00

TBC

Literature: Dragon Stories – Diversity – Expanding every day experience with a part of traditional literature. Finding out about adjectives describing emotions through the means of a fairy tale in a rural setting with animals as main characters

4

Mar 6 (Fri)

14:30-17:00

TBC

SmartAssing – “I’m correcting you for your own benefit” - the spoken word, it’s face value and the benefit Germans intend with this national hobby

5

Mar 10 (Tue)

14:30-17:00

TBC

Sports – “Auf die Plätze, fertig, los!” - putting activities into words, phrases and sentences

6

Mar 13 (Fri)

14:30-17:00

TBC

A typical day in the life of student Andreas – Finding out about differences in lifestyle, accompanying an ordinary day with new experiences and words

7

Mar 17 (Tue)

14:30-17:00

TBC

Ossis and Wessis – the never ending story of “Us and Them”  – verbal differences in action

8

Mar 20 (Fri)

14:30-17:00

TBC

Friendships and dating – expectations, options and unwritten rules – communicating in an environment that takes the spoken word literally and showing the basic values underlying personal interactions in Germany

Language

English & German

Quota

32

Instructor 

Mr Holger JUENGLING
Instructor at Department of English of PolyU

 

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