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ERIC Number: ED097804
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Some Reflections on Survey Courses in German Literature.
von Schmidt, Wolff A.
The problems of teaching German literature survey courses have increased in the 1970's because of the drop in enrollment in language classes in general. Previously German literature courses (at the University of Utah) covered large amounts of material superficially; they were designed to familiarize the student with names of authors, titles of works, and dates. Critical analysis and discussion were not fundamental to the study. Today this approach does not work. Contemporary students are interested in literature for personal understanding and growth. Consequently, the instructor of foreign language literature courses should attempt to meet the students' intellectual needs by teaching works relevant to their search for self-realization. In order to do this, it is necessary to limit the quantity of literature to be read so that it may be studied in more depth. In addition, an interdisciplinary emphasis is preferable, making it necessary for instructor to be informed of current trends in fields related to literature. Factual lectures might be replaced by introductory lectures on focal points of a cultural period, followed by discussions that would lead to a greater exchange between instructor and student. Examinations should be essays rather than objective short answers, and students of all departments and fields should be welcomed into the language classes. (LG)
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