Catherine Baumann

Catherine Baumann
(Full) Senior Instructional Professor, Department of Germanic Studies
Office Hours: Anytime by appointment. (Please e-mail to set up a time.)
Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Minnesota, August 1994; M.A. German Literature, November 1987; B.S. Elementary Education, June 1979
Teaching at UChicago since 1999

As the director of the University of Chicago Language Center and Senior Lecturer in Germanic Studies I support everyone on campus teaching and learning languages.  We teach over fifty languages here, every year! I work with colleagues on this campus through the Language Pedagogy Innovation Initiative, and with colleagues across the country through our Mellon Transforming Language Instruction project.  Both of these programs are designed around assessment-driven pedagogy, and that focus informs the pedagogy workshop I teach for graduate students every Winter quarter.  I received my Ph.D. in Second Languages and Cultures Education at the University of Minnesota, and specialized in reading comprehension and language testing.  I perform consulting for language programs in higher education on a variety of curricular and assessment-related issues.  

Selected Publications

  • Review of Teaching and Learning Second Language Listening. Metacognition in Action, by Larry Vandergrift and Christine C. M. Goh.
  • Modern Language Review, Summer 2013.
  • Kreise: Erstes Jahr Deutsch im Kontext. With Jermaine Arendt, Gisela Peters and Ray M. Wakefield. Boston: Heinle & Heinle, 1992. First year text including all four skills and culture.
  • VOCI: Video Oral Communication Instrument. Invited consultant to develop video-mediated test of oral proficiency under auspices of the federally funded National Foreign Language Research Center. Wrote, scripted and filmed video. San Diego, CA. July, 1995.
  • German Pronunciation. With Stanley Connell. Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Company, 1990.
  • Schriftbilder: A Collaborative Work by German Department graduate students at the University of Minnesota. Directed five graduate students in the writing of a beginning reader, 1988.