Reading Kästner's Emil und die Detektive in the Context of a Literacy-Oriented Curriculum
Article first published online: 24 JUL 2008
© 2008 by the American Association of Teachers of German.
Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German
Volume 41, Issue 1, pages 72–81, Spring 2008
How to Cite
Redmann, J. (2008), Reading Kästner's Emil und die Detektive in the Context of a Literacy-Oriented Curriculum. Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 41: 72–81. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-1221.2008.00008.x
- Issue published online: 24 JUL 2008
- Article first published online: 24 JUL 2008
Vol. 41, Issue 2, 220, Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
The focus in many language curricula is shifting from “four skills” to “literacy.” In a literacy-oriented curriculum, texts stand at the center of every course at every level. Teachers introduce content through texts early in the language learning process, assist even advanced students with the challenges of reading and writing in German, and help learners make connections at every level between texts, language, and culture. This article describes approaches and offers materials for teaching a classic German children's novel, Erich Kästner's Emil und die Detektive (1929), in the second year of a literacy-oriented curriculum.