In Level III, students continue to build communication skills developed in Levels I and II. Specifically, students participate actively in extended oral and written discourse, using compound and complex sentences to provide information in a coherent and fluent manner. Students narrate and describe past and present events; they predict future events. They develop critiquing skills. Students explore options in a given situation, and handle difficulties and unexpected events. They also learn to initiate and sustain a conversation, discussion or debate. Students demonstrate these language functions in various contexts (personal, social, political, socioeconomic, scientific, literary, artistic, historical and philosophical). Each quarter students will be expected to complete a project that requires them to gather and process information in the target language. Students may be asked to keep a journal throughout the school year as a reflective process and assessment tool. They will read selected authentic texts (fiction and non-fiction) and view a variety of films that will provide input for discussion. Typical topics in German III include: geography and history, east – west German relations, regional traditions, pop culture, cultural identity, gender roles, environmental issues, contemporary sociological issues like immigration and integration, contemporary life and issues of public discussion in Germany.