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Arbeitsblatt: Schulen und Universitäten in Deutschland

A. Fragen zu den Lesetexten. Please read over the yellow “Brennpunkt Kultur” text boxes in your textbook on pages 319, 337, 339, and 344-5 for answers to the following questions. Each text box is quite short but packed with information, so do pay attention to what you’re reading!

1.Which type of course at a German university would have the most enrolled students?
Vorlesung
Seminar
Übung

2.In which type(s) of course would you find students discussing questions with the professor?
Vorlesung
Seminar
Übung

3.Do German students have a transcript that shows their grades?
yes
no
kind of

4.Do German university students pay tuition?
yes
no
kind of

5.What is the name of the system of state-sponsored financial aid in Germany?
Dampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän (DSfGk)
Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz (BAföG)
Staatsstudiumfinanzstipendium (SSfiS)

6.What is the Numerus clausus?
number of courses needed to get a degree
the entrance exam for university study
the maximum enrollment for each field of study

7.A Studienplatz is a
place where you study, e.g. a library
another word for college or university
admission to a university

8.What is the Staatsexamen?
state-administered exam for admission to university
exam to gain employment in public service
exam for students in political science

9.What months are (most) German universities in session?
September - May
August - June
October - July

10.Do German students have general-education requirements outside of their major?
yes
no
kind of

11.What subjects are most in demand at German universities? (check all that apply)
Medizin
Informatik
Politik und Wirtschaft
Mathematik
Anglistik
Chemie
Jura
Geschichte

12.How long does the average German student take to receive their degree?
four years
six years
seven years

13.What kind of degree is that equivalent to in U.S. terms?
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctorate

14.At what level are grade schools and high schools administered in Germany?
local (e.g. district / county) - Kreis
state (e.g. Bavaria, Hessen) - Land
federal (e.g. all of Germany) - Bund

15.Is kindergarten part of the public school system in Germany?
yes
no
kind of


B. Schultypen und Abschlüsse. Answers to the following two questions can also be found in the “Brennpunkt Kultur” texts.

1.Match the types of schools with their descriptions:
_______  Grundschulea.  5th through 13th grade, prepares students for university study
_______  Hauptschuleb.  5th through 10th grade, prepares students for blue-collar (and some white-collar) jobs
_______  Realschulec.  5th through 12th grade, modeled on American system
_______  Gesamtschuled.  1st through 4th grade elementary school
_______  Gymnasiume.  5th through 9th grade, prepares students for low-end (unskilled labor) jobs

2.Match the certificate of completion with the type of school:
_______  Diploma.  Realschule
_______  Mittlere Reifeb.  Gymnasium
_______  Abiturc.  Universität


C. Wortschatz: Das Studentenleben. Although you will not need to produce the vocabulary listed under “In der Sprechstunde” and “Das Studium und das Studentenleben” for a written quiz, you should be familiar with some of those terms and recognize them receptively. Find the words in each group below that do not belong with the others, based on their meanings.

1.die Vorlesungdas Seminarder Kursdie Mensa
2.der Jobdie Arbeitsgruppeder Lehrlingdie Stelle
3.der Dozentder Druckder Lehrlingder Kommilitone
4.das Handoutdie Foliedie Gedulddas Referat
5.die Sprechstundedas Abiturdas Diplomder Zeugnis


D. Wortschatz zum Studentenleben. Circle the correct word that completes each German sentence. Watch out for false friends and tricks!

1.Ich esse heute Nachmittag in der _________________.
Miete
Mensa
Bioladen

2.Meine _________________ in Mathe war schlecht, denn ich habe für die Prüfungen nicht gelernt.
Grad
Klasse
Note

3.In drei Jahren bin ich mit meinem _________________ fertig (=finished).
Uni
Studium
Schule

4.Madison hat nicht sehr viele _________________ für Studenten.
Parkplätze
Kurse
Nähe

5.Ich habe einen _________________ vom Gymnasium = ich bin fertig (=finished) mit dem Gymnasium.
Bericht
Reportage
Abschluss

6.Hier an der UW-Madison ist die deutsche ______________ sehr gut!
Wohnung
Abteilung
Lehrling

7.Ich möchte eine gute _________________ finden, wo ich viel Geld verdienen (=earn) kann.
Job
Stelle
Wartezeit


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