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Semester: Herfs
Instrukteur: Jacques du Plessis
Lokaal: xxx
Foon: xxx
Faks: xxx
Spreekure: online with Google+ Hangouts, or by appointment in the office
Klas tye: Online (open sessions)
Kursus Webwerf: www.afrikaans.us


Emphasis on the fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Afrikaans. 4 credits.


All four foreign language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) are addressed to help students acquire communicative competence in the Afrikaans language while being sensitized to the links between language and culture. As the second semester of Afrikaans, this course is for is for students with some prior knowledge of Afrikaans or Germanic languages.


An adequate level of computer literacy (e.g. use web-based tools, record yourself with Audacity or similar software)


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Express an emerging competency with the linguistic functions of Afrikaans pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar.
2. Understand written and fundamental spoken communicative tasks.
3. Write and speak about essential communicative needs in Afrikaans.
4. Expand your cultural contextual awareness of Southern Africa and the role of Afrikaans in the broader context.


Asynchronous and Synchronous.

Online Students with special test and learning needs should contact the instructor as early as possible for accommodations. (See policies below.) Devote ten hours of study per week.


Technology: Broadband Internet access. Firefox browser (preferred) with Flash Plugin. A webcam and microphone to record yourself online. We will use GoToMeeting, Skype, Google Talk or Google+.
Books: (optional) An Afrikaans-English Dictionary: (choose any) Afrikaans-Engels / Engels-Afrikaans Woordeboek  -- also consider these Online Dictionaries, and do not forget Google Translator.

Dictionary Suggestions:
1. Pharos Woordeboek ISBN: 9781868900442
2. My Eerste Afrikaans/Engelse Woordeboek Met Sinne ISBN: 9781770077218
3. Afrikaans-English/English-Afrikaans Dictionary (Hippocrene Practical Dictionary) ISBN: 0781-80846-4 or ISBN 13: 978-0781-80846-0
Try: www.kalahari.net; www.amazon.com; www.addall.com;


See http://www.openlanguages.net/afrikaans/general/curriculum/afr-101-uwm/101-leerplan/


1. Pronounce and Understand Fluently: Listen several times with attention to pronunciation only. Reread the text a few times to perfect your pronunciation. When you feel comfortable with your pronunciation, look at the translation. Now focus on understanding everything. Repeat the listening and speaking until you understand the Afrikaans fluently. Make notes of words that you feel are difficult for you to pronounce or that you still do not understand. Share that with the instructor on your blog.
a. Review these pronunciation topics: The Alphabet; Pronunciation Lists; Prefixes; All Vowels; Consonants; and Plurals.
b. Review these pronunciation topics: Diminutives; Assimilation; Glottal Stop; Exceptions; Stress and Emphasis; Spelling Rules; Names and Places 

2. Speech production: you are not to read a prepared written speech. You can prepare cryptic notes and use them as a reference as you tell or talk about the topic in your own words.

  Tip: You will be tempted to speak in full complex sentences like can in English. That is not advised. Break the language down in smaller bite sizes.

   Example of what to avoid: "Due to inclement weather, the search party was advised to follow all precautions to avoid risk to their own lives during the expedition in looking for the stranded passengers."

  Example of what to emulate: "The weather was bad. Some people on the road were lost. A team looked for them. The boss told the team to be careful. He told them to dress warm." With vocabulary, initially focus on pronunciation, then on recall of each term. Persist until your recall is without any hesitation. Practice repeatedly with Flexitutor and other tools available (e.g. the spinning carousel).

3. Grammar principles: Do all activities on the Web site to express each grammar principle with good examples.


Midterm & Final: Read and pronounce so a native speaker will understand everything you say.
Midterm & Final: Know all the terms so that you can do an English to Afrikaans test on all the terms.
Midterm & Final: Know concepts, explain principles, give examples. Do sentence translations.
Midterm & Final: Write a paper on the assigned cultural topics.
Based on weekly written submissions and midterm and final (see below).
Reading 10 Midterm & Final: Read and explain selected texts.
Listening 10 Midterm & Final: Hear a story and explain what you heard.
5c. Speaking 10 Midterm & Final: Be able to speak on any of the assigned topics.
5d. Writing 15 Weekly: Submit for every week as described "Daily Journal".


For the pronunciation and speaking assignments, record yourself and submit your recordings. Submissions might be fully credited if a sincere effort is submitted. A few will be graded based on this 5-point numbering system:
0 = Not comprehensible for the most part.
1 = Very difficult to follow. Many terms not comprehensible.
2 = Some parts still incomprehensible, but mostly comprehensible language with a mix of accurate and flawed pronunciation. Hard to follow.
3 = A mix of good parts in pronunciation and words that are incorrectly pronounced, but still understandable. Inconsistent, but understood.
4 = A few errors but mostly clear and well pronounced. Reasonably consistent and easy to follow.
5 = Only minor errors. Everything was easily understood and the pronunciation was clear and correct
Pronunciation Column Suggestions: Read from the literature, fables, short stories,  Web-based newspapers, etc.


Midterm (1/3) and Final (2/3) Both are comprehensive exams of all materials to date.


Midterm (1/3) and Final (2/3) Both are comprehensive exams of all materials to date.


For each half of the semester a set of topics have been assigned. You will submit two culture papers. The first paper will address one the topics for the first half of the semester. Hand in your paper by the Friday before Spring break. Call the paper Culture_one.doc. Then, submit a second paper, addressing one the topics for the second half of the semester by the last Friday of the semester. Call the paper Culture_two.doc.


  Midterm & Final: Read and explain selected texts.
  Midterm & Final: Hear a story and explain what you heard.
  Midterm & Final: Be able to speak on any of the assigned weekly topics.
  Weekly: Submit for every week as described "Daily Journal".

Keep a daily journal. Submit the week's entries from Mon-Fri by noon on Saturday. There are 13 weeks for entries. You have to cover 10 weeks. Include the following:
(i) Describe your learning activities online; include your weekly study buddy experience, who attended and what you accomplished.
(ii) Your daily personal study report.
(iii) Write  5+ sentences in Afrikaans. Focus on new grammar principles and use vocab topics; Do not use the sentences for your weekly communication topic.
(iv) Week's communication topic paragraph -- also include a vocabulary list of new terms you learned to do the topic.

The new topic introduced for every week with a reading and some listening activities. On the second week you are to do both a
(i) a written piece of that topic, and
(ii) a practice .MP3 or .OGG file of your spoken ability of the topic to prepare for midterm and finals.


Wk 1 Use Pronouns; Describe color; Wind directions; Days of the week.
Wk 2 Introductions and greetings; Numbers: Count, tell time, temperature in each season, basic math; Event in each month; Describe each season; Where are you (in tenses)?
Wk 3 Describe your family 1; Describe when you eat each meal; Describe opposites
Wk 4 Describe your family 2; Use negation; Waar is dit?
Wk 5 Pose questions; Describe the human body; Basic Exercises
Wk 6 Describe what you wear and when
Wk 7 Describe what you eat with each meal

Wk 9 Police report: describe 5 very different people based on photographs
Wk10 Describe a house (inside and out)
Wk11 Describe your home town
Wk12 Describe what interests you (e.g. hobbies)
Wk13 Describe animals
Wk14 Describe the weather, the universe
Wk15 Tell the story of 'Juliet die Slak'


1. Participation: Studying is invaluable, and then the best things happen when you connect with others in a study group to help you to pronounce well, recall vocabulary, formulate sentences correctly, and understand cultural clues. The Web offers a rich resource to achieve all these objectives, but you have to come to the river to drink. Exploit the communicative potential of online education. You will be in discussion groups where you will be encouraged to partner with other class members to compare experienced, devise effective strategies and help the course to be optimize on the best learning experiences. Use Google Talk (or Skype) to practice with class members. Your active participation in each study-buddy session.

2. Deadlines: On Saturdays at noon are the deadlines. Work submitted late (within a week) will be graded and you will get 2/3 of the points (max.).


Total Grade: 100 %

Communication: Spoken & Written (including 10 weekly reports) 45 %
Culture: Two Reports
15 %
Vocabulary (10) Grammar (10)
20 %
20 %


A   95-100 B-  80-83.99 D+ 67-69.99
A-  90-94.99 C+ 77-79.99 D   64-66.99
B+ 87-90.99 C   74-76.99 D-  60-63.99
B   84-86.99 C-  70-73.99 F   Below 60


The following links contain university policies affecting students. Many of the links below may be accessed through a PDF-document maintained by the Secretary of the University: http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/SecU/SyllabusLinks.pdf. Undergraduates may also find the Panther Planner and Undergraduate Student Handbook useful (http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/OSL/DOS/Handbook2005-06.pdf).

Students with disabilities. If you will need accommodations in order to meet any of the requirements of a course, please contact the instructor as soon as possible. Students with disabilities are responsible to communicate directly with the instructor to ensure special accommodation in a timely manner. There is comprehensive coverage of issues related to disabilities at the Student Accessibility Center (http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/DSAD/SAC/MainOffice.html ), important components of which are expressed here: http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/DSAD/SAC/SACltr.pdf.

Religious observances. Students' sincerely held religious beliefs must be reasonably accommodated with respect to all examinations and other academic requirements, according to the following policy: http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/SecU/acad%2Badmin_policies/S1.5.htm. Please notify your instructor within the first three weeks of the Fall or Spring Term (first week of shorter-term or Summer courses) of any specific days or dates on which you request relief from an examination or academic requirement for religious observances.

Students called to active military duty. UWM has several policies that accommodate students who must temporarily lay aside their educational pursuits when called to active duty in the military (see http://www3.uwm.edu/des/web/registration/militarycallup.cfm), including provisions for refunds, readmission, grading, and other situations.

Incompletes. A notation of "incomplete" may be given in lieu of a final grade to a student who has carried a subject successfully until the end of a semester but who, because of illness or other unusual and substantial cause beyond the student's control, has been unable to take or complete the final examination or some limited amount of other term work. An incomplete is not given unless the student proves to the instructor that s/he was prevented from completing course requirements for just cause as indicated above (http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/SecU/acad%2Badmin_policies/S31.pdf).

Discriminatory conduct (such as sexual harassment). UWM and SOIS are committed to building and maintaining a campus environment that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every person, fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect, and encourages the members of its community to strive to reach their full potential. The UWM policy statement (http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/SecU/acad%2Badmin_policies/S47.pdf) summarizes and defines situations that constitute discriminatory conduct. If you have questions, please contact an appropriate SOIS administrator.

Academic misconduct. Cheating on exams and plagiarism are violations of the academic honor code and carry severe sanctions, ranging from a failing grade for a course or assignment to expulsion from the University. See the following document (http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/OSL/DOS/conduct.html) or contact the SOIS Investigating Officer (currently the Associate Dean) for more information.

Complaints. Students may direct complaints to the SOIS Dean or Associate Dean. If the complaint allegedly violates a specific university policy, it may be directed to the appropriate university office responsible for enforcing the policy.

Grade appeal procedures. A student may appeal a grade on the grounds that it is based on a capricious or arbitrary decision of the course instructor. Such an appeal shall follow SOIS appeals procedures or, in the case of a graduate student, the Graduate School. These procedures are available in writing from the respective department chairperson or the Academic Dean of the College/School (http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/SecU/acad%2Badmin_policies/S28.htm).

Examinations, Finals. The Secretary of the University is authorized to prepare the final examination schedule. The time of the final examination for an individual or a class may be changed only with the prior approval of the dean or director of the respective college/school. The change will involve a postponement to a later date. For individuals with exam conflicts, a separate week at the very end of the exam week will be reserved to take one of the conflicting exams (http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/SecU/acad+admin_policies/S22.htm).