Germanic Languages | Reading in German for Graduate Students
G492 | 2814-2815 | Terence Thayer
G492: Reading in German for Graduate Students (3 CR) Terence Thayer
Sect: 2815 Undergraduate
Readings in German for Graduate Students
This course enables students to increase their 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
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 IU Bloomington Evaluation Services &
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 2003 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!] (Houghton Mifflin: 1979), ISBN: 0-395-
26085-X. Authorized photocopies of this out-of-print book are
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 (Heinle & Heinle), ISBN: 0-442-22040-5, 0-
442-22028-6, and 0-442-22038-3. Authorized photocopies of these out-
of-print books are available in the IU/IMU bookstore, and should
also be available in the TIS bookstore.
A course reader, containing 2 short essays by Albert Einstein and a
scholarly article by Viktor Otto on the reception of Richard Wagner,
will be available at Collegiate Copies by early February.
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 Langenscheidt New College German Dictionary:
German-English / English-German.
The first test counts 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.