This course helps lead to communicative competency in German by building the four primary skills--speaking, listening, reading, and writing--while developing participants' knowledge of life and culture in the German-speaking countries. Learning German and its grammar will also enhance students' awareness of commonalities between the English and German languages.
The GRST101-102-211 course sequence will help students appreciate that contemporary Germany is economically and politically the leading country in the European Union and has a dynamic multicultural society. More Europeans are native speakers of German than of French, Spanish, or English. After English, German is the language most used on the Internet. A knowledge of German provides access to foundational texts in many fields, from philosophy and psychology to history, art history, musicology, the natural sciences, religious studies, literature, and more. These three courses prepare students to study abroad in Regensburg, Germany, on the Wesleyan-Vanderbilt-Wheaton Program.