Student Learning Outcomes
1. Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible without strain for either party
2. Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
3. Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization
4. Produce short research papers in German investigating literary texts or cultural topics
5. Develop an understanding and critically investigate cultural traits of the three main German-speaking countries, Austria, Germany and Switzerland
6. Develop an understanding and appreciation of a variety of literary genres, topics, and forms
Develop proficiency of German on the B 2 Level (Vantage) on the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR; (in line with the “Advanced Low” level on the ACTFL guidelines), moving towards C 1 in listening and reading
To become fluent in the language and experience the culture in the countries where German is spoken, students are strongly encouraged to study abroad for a semester or a year. Syracuse University’s World Partner programs in Berlin, Freiburg and Graz enable students to take fully accredited classes in German language, literature and culture. The Freiburg Program, in collaboration with Colgate University, gives advanced German students the opportunity to take classes in German and in other fields of study such as history, international relations, journalism, and other electives in the arts and sciences. For further information, contact the German program coordinator or Syracuse University Abroad, 106 Walnut Place (http://suabroad.syr.edu).