Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Beginning Levels in German Program
What can I expect from a German course at the University of Tennessee?
Classes tend to be small and focus on the student and student interaction. Our desire is to create a classroom in which our German teachers become facilitators in the learning process, as students, through meaningful communication, actively and cooperatively discover the German language in all its facets, i.e. cultural, historical, and linguistic.
Which course should I take?
The foreign language requirement for most degrees consists of two semesters of beginning (111, 112) and two semesters of intermediate (211, 212) level German. All students will begin with German 111, unless placed in a different class due to results of the German Placement Exam, Proficiency Exam, or because of transferred college credit (see questions 3 - 6 below). After passing 111, students take 112, 211 and then 212. In the fall, we offer 111 and 211 while 112, 212 and 150 (only students who were placed in this class are eligible to enroll) are only offered in the spring. In the summer, we usually offer 111, 112, 211 and 212 (based on enrollment). Students are advised not to take breaks between German courses because they will easily forget what they have learned.
Can my high school German help with my German studies at UT?
Yes, most definitely. However, all students who have had 2 or more years of high school German must take the German Placement Exam, which will determine the courses the student must take. The exam is usually administered in the summer during freshman orientation. It is very important that students who have previously learned German do not wait to begin their German studies at UT but begin immediately.
More information about the Placement Exam can be obtained by contacting:
What is the format of The German Placement Exam?
The placement exam consists of an online, computer adaptive test. The test can only be taken once and its resulting placement is mandatory. Students should keep in mind that this is not a test in the traditional sense. Results are used to place students in the course that will be most beneficial for them and their German studies. Students, therefore, are not expected to prepare for the test.
What if I already know German, but have not technically studied it at a US high school or university?
Those students who have received informal training in the language (i.e. they lived in Germany, learned German from a relative or took a language course abroad), must take UT's German Proficiency Exam to determine course placement.
What if I studied German in college already?
Previous college work in the language will be evaluated and if determined transferable, the student can continue his/her studies where he/she left them.
What kind of extracurricular activities are offered in the program?
The German program offers students many opportunities throughout the semester to use their language skills outside the classroom. The German Club offers an opportunity for students to meet other students within the program and to participate in many extracurricular activities. And the German Department's Film Series, "Stammtisch", and "Sprachwochenende" are but a few examples of opportunities for students to enhance their German experience at the University of Tennessee.
Does the program offer study abroad opportunities?
For information concerning study abroad please visit the German Program Study Abroad website.