Summer Sessions | Courses | Germanic Languages and Literatures

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.

Summer 2022 Session Information

  • SESSION A (First Half Term) courses are May 23–July 1, 2022
  • SESSION B (Second Half Term) courses are July 5–August 12, 2022
  • SESSION X (Full Term) courses are May 23–August 12, 2022
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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 001/10070 Session A Mo 10:00 AM–12:05 PM
Tu 10:00 AM–12:05 PM
We 10:00 AM–12:05 PM
Th 10:00 AM–12:05 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Simona Vaidean
4 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
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 002/10071 Session B Mo 10:00 AM–12:05 PM
Tu 10:00 AM–12:05 PM
We 10:00 AM–12:05 PM
Th 10:00 AM–12:05 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Laura Tedford
4 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
INTENSIVE ELEM GERMAN I & II
GERM1121S001 8 points.
This intensive program provides one year of German in one six-week session. The course enables students to understand, speak, read, and write in German about a range of subjects: family activities, studies, work and home life, as well as travel, economics, and current events. Classes are conducted entirely in German and supplemented with written homework and audiovisual materials. Assignments and activities are diversified to integrate undergraduate and graduate students’ academic and personal interests. The program draws on the German heritage of New York City (museums, Goethe Institut, restaurants, etc.). Students are encouraged to attend German-language films and musical performances. Students have many opportunities for informal conversation. Upon successful completion of the course (with a minimum grade of B), students should achieve novice high to intermediate low proficiency (ACTFL scale). Final grades are based on frequent oral and written tests, writing assignments, a project on German culture in New York, and a final examination. Students are advised that this course constitutes a full-time commitment. The workload of this course is very intense and students will be expected to spend 4-6 hours studying every day outside of class and additional time on weekends. The Department of Germanic Languages will assist in selecting the appropriate course. Equivalent to the combination of GERM UN1101 and UN1102 taught during the regular semesters.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
GERM1121S001 001/10072 Session A Mo 11:00 AM–03:10 PM
Tu 11:00 AM–03:10 PM
We 11:00 AM–03:10 PM
Th 11:00 AM–03:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Silja Weber
8 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person