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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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The German program at Minnesota State University, Mankato approaches language instruction with the understanding that it will train students in cultural competency of the language they are learning. Students are not only to understand and learn grammar and vocabulary, but comprehend language as an individual and cultural expression. Students acquire a sense of cultural and social appropriateness in language situations as they are exposed to the study of literary and cultural texts and contexts. Students should take a placement test if they have had previous German language instruction.

Online dictionaries can help read a range of texts:

German texts

For daily newspaper items you might want to visit Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) or Die Süddeutsche Zeitung or the tabloid BILD. Or check into the MSU, Mankato's library database PressReader which provides access to over 3,000 newspapers in 60 languages.

Literary texts

German literary texts can be found in their entirety for free and online at the site of Projekt Gutenberg

Listening to the stream of Deutschlandradio will inform you about current cultural and political events and discussions.