Sarah M. Henneböhl

Education:

  1. Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  2. Magistra Artium, Universität Konstanz, Germany

Biography:

I earned my Master’s degree in English and American Literature, German Literature and Philosophy from the University of Constance, Germany, and my PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My research interests include twentieth and twenty-first century German literature – women writers in particular, postcolonial studies, and critical whiteness studies. I am currently working on a book-length manuscript Weiße Weiblichkeiten: Afrika, deutschsprachige Schriftstellerinnen und ihre (post-)koloniale Verortung von Geschlecht.

My research interests and my strong belief that it is important to teach German culture as a diverse culture inform my course design. I invite my students to critically reflect on German culture and their own native culture(s) by challenging their belief systems and expanding their abilities to examine a topic critically and from multiple perspectives. I consider my commitment to my students the central drive behind my teaching, and I honor it - and will continue to do so - through a critical reflection of my own teaching practices, and a curiosity towards new course topics.

Recent Publications

 

“The Survivor as ‘Implicated Subject’ in Stefanie Zweig’s Autobiographical Africa Novels.” German Speaking Women, Africa and the African Diaspora. Eds. Lisbeth Hock, Michelle James and Priscilla Layne. Forthcoming 2021.

 

Teaching

Spring 2021

GER 401Y: Advanced German Writing

KURSBESCHREIBUNG

Der Kurs legt sein Augenmerk auf die Schreibfertigkeit fortgeschrittener Deutschlerner. Studierende verbessern ihre Schreibfertigkeit in größeren Schreibprojekten und mehreren kleinen Schreibaufträgen. In weiteren Übungen werden durch die Lektüre von längeren Texten bzw. dem Hören und Schauen von audio-visuellen Materialien und Internetrecherchen sowohl themen- und genrespezifische Vokabeln und Redemittel eingeführt und trainiert, als auch die Lese- und Hörfertigkeit der Studierenden geschult. Inhaltlich fokussiert der Kurs  die Themen Sprachenvielfalt, Nachhaltigkeit, Filme, Sprache und Emotionen, sowie Kultur im allgemeinen und konzentriert sich auf die Länder Deutschland, Österreich und die Schweiz.

LERNZIELE

  • Verbesserung der Schreibfertigkeit durch das Verfassen von fünf größeren Schreibprojekten (Stellungnahme, Porträt, Filmrezension, E-Mail, informativer Text) und diversen kleineren Texten
  • Erkennen grammatikalischer, lexikalischer und stilistischer Diskurs-Merkmale für unterschiedliche Textsorten
  • Wortschatzerweiterung und - festigung 
  • Verbesserung des Leseverstehens 
  • Aneignung landeskundlicher und sozialkultureller Kenntnisse über den deutschsprachigen Raum (Deutschland, Österreich und die Schweiz)

GER 302W: Intermediate German Writing and Grammar

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In GER 302, students will practice their reading and writing skills in German. The language of instruction will be German. If you are looking to improve your speaking and/or listening skills in German, this is not your class. Those skills are targeted in GER 301.The goal of the course is to familiarize students with not only written German texts but to improve students’ grammatical and stylistic precision in written German discourse.

Writing assignments may include descriptive, narrative, summarizing/expositional, argumentative, or imaginative text forms. You will receive instruction to help you with your accurate and correct use of intermediate-level grammatical structures in written German. This is a 300-level German language class, which means that students have had at least 4-5 semesters of German language instruction (or the equivalent) prior to taking this course. We will review certain grammatical features, but students are expected to know the basic grammatical components of the German language: 

  •     gender (feminine, masculine, neuter)
  •     verb tenses (Präsens, Perfekt, Präteritum, Plusquamperfekt, Futur)
  •     verb types (reflexives, reciprocals, modals)
  •     verb modi (imperative, subjunctive, indicative)
  •     active and passive voice
  •     cases and endings for nouns and adjectives (nominative, accusative, dative, genitive)
  •     prepositions
  •     coordinating conjunctions 
  •     word order

In addition, you will read a number of shorter texts (non-fictional and fictional texts) and a short children’s book. You might wonder why there is a reading component to this course. Here is why:

  1. Reading German texts exposes students to new vocabulary and familiarizes them with writing conventions of the German language.
  2. Genre-specific texts will serve as a model for students’ own writing projects.
  3. There simply is no good writer who is not also an avid reader.

OBJECTIVES

  • Improve your grammatical accuracy in written German discourse.
  • Appreciate grammatical, lexical, stylistic, and pragmatic/discourse features that characterize various genres of German as a written language
  • Appreciate the importance of lexical precision, proper discourse organization, and voice/expressiveness when writing in German and improve your skills in these areas
  • Learn how to use existing written work as models for your own writing (and more generally, for language production)
  • Enlarge your vocabulary and practice your reading comprehension

GER 2 (online)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This 4-credit, online German language course is a continuation of GER 1: Elementary German I, and it is designed to facilitate the development of elementary skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course is based on research from computer-mediated communication and second language acquisition. Listening and speaking will be supported by technology such as Zoom, VoiceThread, and the Vista Higher Learning (VHL) Central site for language practice.

OBJECTIVES

 At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Listen to and understand short passages of spoken German and respond to content questions.
  2. Speak in short, complete sentences for a few minutes uninterrupted or speak for longer periods of time when reading aloud.
  3. Read short stories, poems, or websites on familiar topics.
  4. Write your own short stories, poems, and essays about familiar topics.


 Recent Courses

  • GER 420: Genre ("Black German History & Writing")
  • GER 408: Advanced Business German
  • GER 310: Introduction to the Study of German Literature
  • GER 190: Twentieth-Century German Literature in English Translation ("Narratives of Injustice")
  • GER 1: Beginning German (online)

Service

PSU German Day (Committee Co-chair)

Germanic and Slavic Languages Awards and Graduation Ceremony, Spring 2020 (Committee Chair)