German for Reading Knowledge
Learn how to read German-language texts at an advanced level.
- Independent learning (e-mail course)
- On-campus summer courses (noncredit)
- On-campus semester courses (credit)
- Graduate school examination
- Contact information
Independent learning course
Enroll now in UW-Independent Learning German 391, which you can take from
anywhere in the world at your own schedule for transferable college credit.
Learn how to read German-language texts with the aid of a dictionary. This
thorough but compact approach to reading is designed for beginners as well
as for students with previous exposure to German who wish to review grammar
and enhance their reading skills. In seventeen translation assignments you
proceed from very basic grammar to the complex sentence structures characteristic
of journalistic, technical, and scholarly writing.
You submit your assignments by e-mail or postal mail. Your instructor provides detailed feedback on your translations and lets you know of patterns of errors to concentrate on. Additional learning resources are made available to you on the course web site. This course is taught by Dr. Alan Ng, who holds a PhD in German literature from UW-Madison and began working as a technical translator in 1991.
For current registration, tuition, and materials information, please consult the online UW-Extension Independent Learning catalog. You may register or request further information at that Web site or by toll-free phone: 1-877-895-3276.
On-campus summer course (noncredit)
Every summer you can work on your German-language reading ability in a classroom setting on the beautiful UW-Madison campus. Learn to read German for purposes such as graduate-school requirements or genealogical research. This 31-hour course includes a complete grammar study and lively classroom translation practice, and has successfully prepared many students for the German Reading Knowledge Exam. The textbook for this course is Herbert Jannach, German for Reading Knowledge,6th ed. This noncredit course is quite affordable for graduate-student budgets. For schedule and registration information consult the Division of Continuing Studies course catalog.
On-campus semester courses (credit)
If you are an enrolled degree student at UW-Madison, you may also consider taking German 391 and German 392 from the UW-Madison German Department during regular semester schedules. For more information on those courses, please consult the UW-Madison Department of German.
Learn about the Graduate school examination
How to register
Call 608-262-2451, 7:00 am-4:00 pm, M-F. Specific program numbers and links to the mail-in registration form or to register online can be found in the continuing education catalog.
If this Web page does not answer all of your questions about UW-Madison's German for Reading Knowledge program, feel free to contact us:
- Madison registration office: 608-262-2451.
- Independent Learning questions: toll-free 1-877-UW-LEARN or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- UW-Madison Continuing Studies in German coordinator Sage Goellner: email@example.com or 608-262-4873.
- The UW-Madison Department of German is a separate unit, not part of Continuing Studies.
- Review frequently asked questions about language programs.
Thank you for your interest in learning German! Wir wünschen Ihnen viel Erfolg dabei!