Reading Kästner's Emil und die Detektive in the Context of a Literacy-Oriented Curriculum


  • Jennifer Redmann

    1. (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Associate Professor and Chair of the German Department at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
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This article is corrected by:

  1. Errata: Erratum Volume 41, Issue 2, 220, Article first published online: September 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.