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Course information is posted for 2021. Please check back at a later time for updated 2022 course offerings.

Germanic Languages and Literatures

The Germanic Languages Department offers accelerated and intensive language courses for beginners to intermediate speakers.

Check the Directory of Classes for the most up-to-date course information in German and Yiddish.

Summer 2021 Session Information

  • SESSION A courses are May 3–June 18, 2021
  • SESSION B courses are June 28–August 16, 2021
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ELEMENTARY GERMAN I
GERM1101V001 4 points.
Upon completion of the course, students understand, speak, read, and write German at a level enabling them to communicate with native speakers about their background, family, daily activities, student life, work, and living quarters. Daily assignments and laboratory work.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
GERM1101V001 001/10244 Summer A Subterm Th 04:00 PM–06:00 PM
Tu 04:00 PM–06:00 PM
Mo 04:00 PM–06:00 PM
We 04:00 PM–06:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Isabelle Egger
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
ELEMENTARY GERMAN II
GERM1102V001 4 points.
Prerequisites: GERM UN1101 or the equivalent. Students expand their communication skills to include travel, storytelling, personal well-being, basic economics, and recent historical events. Daily assignments and laboratory work.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
GERM1102V001 001/10245 Summer A Subterm Tu 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Th 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Mo 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
We 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Nathaniel Wagner
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
ACCELERATED ELEM READING I/II
GERM1115S001 4 points.
Prerequisites: no previous knowledge of German required, but some background is strongly recommended. This accelerated survey of German grammar, reading techniques, and dictionary skills is designed primarily for graduate students preparing for reading proficiency exams or wishing to do research in German-language literature. In addition to translation, the course focuses on strategies for extracting general and specific information from German texts (skimming and scanning) and judging their relevance for a specific research purpose. Reading texts take students' fields of study into consideration. Although this course does not satisfy any part of the foreign language requirement for degree candidates, successful completion of the translation on the final exam fulfills the German reading proficiency requirement in most graduate programs. Students are advised that this course is a full-time commitment. Students should expect to study 2 hours every day for every hour spent in the classroom and additional time on weekends. Students who would like to gain speaking and listening skills are advised to enroll in the Intensive Elementary German I and II, or another appropriate German course. The Department of Germanic Languages will assist in selecting the appropriate course. Equivalent to GERM UN1113-UN1114 taught during regular semesters.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
GERM1115S001 001/10246 Summer A Subterm Th 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
We 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Tu 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Mo 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Silja Weber
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
ACCELERATED ELEM READING I/II
GERM1115S002 4 points.
Prerequisites: no previous knowledge of German required, but some background is strongly recommended. This accelerated survey of German grammar, reading techniques, and dictionary skills is designed primarily for graduate students preparing for reading proficiency exams or wishing to do research in German-language literature. In addition to translation, the course focuses on strategies for extracting general and specific information from German texts (skimming and scanning) and judging their relevance for a specific research purpose. Reading texts take students' fields of study into consideration. Although this course does not satisfy any part of the foreign language requirement for degree candidates, successful completion of the translation on the final exam fulfills the German reading proficiency requirement in most graduate programs. Students are advised that this course is a full-time commitment. Students should expect to study 2 hours every day for every hour spent in the classroom and additional time on weekends. Students who would like to gain speaking and listening skills are advised to enroll in the Intensive Elementary German I and II, or another appropriate German course. The Department of Germanic Languages will assist in selecting the appropriate course. Equivalent to GERM UN1113-UN1114 taught during regular semesters.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
GERM1115S002 002/11154 Summer B Subterm We 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Mo 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Th 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Tu 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Simona Vaidean
4 Registration Block
(w/ Self-Managed Wait List)
On-Line Only
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I
GERM2101S001 4 points.
Prerequisites: Equivalent to GERM UN2101 Topics include personal interests, biographies, German unification, stereotypes, and German-American relations. Assignments and activities are diversified to integrate undergraduate and graduate students’ academic and personal interests. Upon successful completion of the course (with a minimum grade of B), students should achieve intermediate-high proficiency (ACTFL scale) in speaking, listening, reading, and writing German. Students are advised that this course is a full-time commitment. Students should expect to study 2 hours every day for every hour spent in the classroom and additional time on weekends. Students planning to study in Berlin in spring are advised to complete GERM S2101 in the Summer Session. The Department of Germanic Languages will assist in selecting the appropriate course. Equivalent to GERM UN2101 taught during the regular semesters.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
GERM2101S001 001/10247 Summer A Subterm We 04:00 PM–06:00 PM
Mo 04:00 PM–06:00 PM
Th 04:00 PM–06:00 PM
Tu 04:00 PM–06:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Cosima Mattner
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II
GERM2102S001 4 points.
Prerequisites: Equivalent to GERM UN2102 Topics cover areas of German literature, history, art, and society. Students also read a German drama. Assignments and activities are diversified to integrate undergraduate and graduate students’ academic and personal interests. Intermediate-high to advanced-low proficiency (ACTFL scale) in speaking, listening, reading, and writing German is expected upon successful completion (with a minimum grade of B). Prepares students for advanced German, upper-level literature and culture courses and study in Berlin. Students are advised that this course is a full-time commitment. Students should expect to study 2 hours every day for every hour spent in the classroom and additional time on weekends. Students planning to study in Berlin in spring are advised to complete GERM S2102 in the Summer Session. The Department of Germanic Languages will assist in selecting the appropriate course. Equivalent to GERM UN2102 taught during the regular semesters.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
GERM2102S001 001/10248 Summer A Subterm We 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Th 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Tu 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Mo 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Amy Leech
4 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
GRAMMATIK AKTIV
GERM2210X001 2 points.

An intensive study of key features of German grammar, with an emphasis on skill-building exercises and practical solutions to common problems of writing and speaking on the intermediate level; aims at building confidence in using simple and more complex sentence structures.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
GERM2210X001 001/00087 Summer A Subterm Th 04:00 PM–06:00 PM
Tu 04:00 PM–06:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Irene Motyl
2 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
GRAMMATIK ACTIV
GERM2212X001 3 points.

An intensive study of key features of German grammar, with an emphasis on skill-building exercises and practical solutions to common problems of writing and speaking on the intermediate level; aims at building confidence in using simple and more complex sentence structures. For an additional point, students will hand in a weekly 150-200 word summary in German in which they highlight what they have learned, explain the rules and applications of the linguistic feature on hand. In the last portion of the summary students will reflect on their learning process during each week to document their progress. Individual meetings with the Professor to clarify and practice student specific grammar issues will be scheduled.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
GERM2212X001 001/00088 Summer A Subterm Tu 04:00 PM–06:00 PM
Th 04:00 PM–06:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Irene Motyl
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
Exploring Yiddishland
YIDD4996S001 1 points.

The Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellowship is an excellent opportunity to enhance your Yiddish studies at Columbia through a Yiddish language program. The Naomi Fellowship includes the participation in the Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program at Tel Aviv University in the summer of 2021 and in the “Exploring Yiddishland” study trip to Poland, led by a Columbia faculty member. The Fellowship is a program of the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, together with the Department of Germanic Languages. We thank the Naomi Foundation for their generous support of the Fellowship.

Due to the pandemic restrictions, the 2021 Naomi Fellowship will be offered in a modified online iteration. The 2021 Naomi Fellowship includes tuition for a 1-credit virtual course “Exploring Yiddishland” and the programming, and tuition for an intensive four-week-long for-credit Yiddish language and literature course (80 hours, 4 credits). Both programs will be held online – with synchronous and asynchronous options. Please check with your home school regarding transfer credit policy information.

The dates:

June 23-29, 2021 Virtual “Exploring Yiddishland” course (1 credit) taught by Dr. Agi Legutko, including virtual sightseeing in Yiddishland (Krakow, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Lublin), live sessions with Yiddish experts and students from Poland, and exploration of Yiddish literature and film.

July 1-29, 2021 Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program at Tel Aviv University (4 credits), including asynchronous and synchronous language and literature study and immersive cultural programming.

To enroll in this course, you must apply to the Virtual Naomi Prawer Kadar Columbia Summer Program in Israel and Poland through the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement (UGE).

Please note the program dates are different from the Summer Term B dates. 

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
YIDD4996S001 001/12887 Full Trm Crs
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Agnieszka Legutko
1 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only