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Charles James

Professor of German  
810 Van Hise Hall  


Charles J. James completed his Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education at the University of Minnesota in 1973. He taught from 1973 to 1979 as a Wissenschaftlicher Assistent in Angewandte Linguistik at the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, then for five years as Assistant Professor of German at the University of Illinois-Chicago before coming to Madison in 1984. His research interests include language teaching methodology and language testing. He is also an avid photographer and a collector of German popular music. He twice served on the Executive Council of the American Association of Teachers of German, as well as a member of the AATG's Culture Task Force. In 2004 he was named "Distinguished Foreign Language Educator" by the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers. In addition to his duties in the Department of German, he currently serves as program head of World Language Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

  • Guide to Correspondence in German - Korrespondenzführer auf deutsch. A practical guide to social and commercial correspondence. Lincolnwood IL: National Textbook Company, 1994.
  • "What TAs Need to Know to Teach According to the New Paradigm" 135-52 in Joel C. Walz, Ed. Development and Supervision of Teaching Assistants in Foreign Languages. Boston: Heinle & Heinle, 1992.  
  • Editor, Foreign Language Proficiency in the Classroom and Beyond. ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series, Vol. 16 (Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Company, 1985).
  • German Verbs and Essentials of Grammar (Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Company, 1985, 1988, 1994).

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