Germanic Languages | Readings in German for Graduate Students
G492 | 2624 | Professor Terence Thayer
G492 Readings in German for Graduate Students (3 cr.)
MW, BH 242
This course enables students to increase their German reading
precision and fluency through a comprehensive review of basic
grammar, attention to advanced points of grammar, systematic
expansion of vocabulary, graded readings, and regular reading and
translation of original, unedited scholarly writing and similar
texts. The class is conducted entirely in English; listening,
speaking, and writing skills are not developed, although some
pronunciation practice is included.
Any graduate student may enroll in G492 who has either 1) completed
G491 at IUB with a grade of B or higher; or 2) achieved an official
score of 20 or higher on Form A (Form B: 11) of the campus GSFLE,
which is administered by the Bureau of Evaluative Studies and
Testing. Please note that G492 carries no graduate credit (towards
graduate degree credit-hour requirements) in the University Graduate
School, although most departments accept G492 enrollment as part of a
student's current program of study. The Department of Germanic
Studies does not permit auditing of G492 for any reason.
The texts required for G492 are:
Hubert Jannach and Richard Alan Korb, German for Reading Knowledge,
4th edition [this edition only!] (Heinle & Heinle, 1998), ISBN: 0-
8384-7835-2. Only the parts of this book not assigned in G491 in
fall 2001 will be completed in G492.
K. Roald Bergethon and Ellis Finger, Grammar for Reading German, Form
C: A Second Year Workbook with Recognition Exercises, Revised Edition
[this edition only!] (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979), ISBN:
0-395-26085-X. Authorized photocopies of this out-of-print book will
be available in the IU/IMU bookstore, and should also be available in
the TIS bookstore.
C.R. Goedsche and W.E. Glaettli, Beethoven, Einstein, and Heine,
Cultural Graded Readers (Boston: Heinle & Heinle), ISBN: 0-442-22040-
5, 0-442-22028-6, and 0-442-22038-3.
A course reader, containing 2 short essays by Albert Einstein and a
scholarly article by Jost Hermand, will be available at Collegiate
Copies, 1434 East Third Street.
A good large German-English dictionary is also essential. Especially
recommended is The Oxford-Duden German Dictionary: German-English /
English-German (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994 or later). Also
recommended is the Langenscheidt New College German Dictionary:
German-English / English-German.
The first of the three scheduled written tests in G492 will count 25%
of the final course grade, the second 35%, and the third 40%. Tests
must be taken at the times scheduled for them; neither early nor make-
up tests will be given.