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German: Reading German for Research Purposes

Program(s): Sli Undergrad

*Taught Online*  Reading German for Research Purposes prepares students to read and do research using scholarly texts in German. Students will build on their fundamental knowledge of German grammar and the most common vocabulary terms used in scholarly writing, while developing reading comprehension skills and working intensively with academic texts in their areas of research specialty. Students who perform well will be able to synthesize key points, arguments and evidence in scholarly texts into their own research. The course also includes practicing the skills necessary to pass the Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment (ARCA) in German, administered by the Office for Language Assessment (OLA). Undergraduate students have the option of taking the ARCA, or completing a final assignment in which they identify, cite, and describe the relevance of multiple German secondary texts in their discipline or to a specific project.

Remote or Residential

✓ Remote Course


Course Considerations

This course may fulfill the graduate language requirement in some departments. Please check with your department administrator or Director of Graduate Studies for information on your department's requirements. If you are interested in this course specifically to prepare for a German exam at a school other than the University of Chicago, please contact to inquire whether this course will meet your needs. Reading German for Research Purposes is open to graduate students, professionals, and advanced undergraduates.

Prerequisite for this course: GRMN 13333, GRMN 10300, placement into GRMN 20100, or the equivalent of one year of introductory German.

Course Overview

Start Date

July 01

End Date

August 09

Current Grade / Education Level

Undergrad / Grad


Summer Language Institute (Undergrad)

Class Details

Course Code

GRMN 33300 91

Class Day(s)

Mon Wed

Class Duration (CST)


1:30 P.M.


Session II

Course Length

6 weeks

Primary Instructor

Fred Kopp

Academic Interest