Hartmut Rastalsky

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Hartmut Rastalsky

Lecturer IV, Language Program Coordinator

University of Michigan
German Department
3214 MLB
812 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI

Phone: 734.647.0404
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Germanic Languages
  • Fields of Study
    • Language Program Direction
    • Language Pedagogy
    • Language Acquisition
  • About

    As Language Program Director, Hartmut Rastalsky is responsible for the first- and second-year German curriculum, and for the training and supervision of GSIs and Lecturers teaching these courses. He is also responsible for the department's courses in Scientific and Engineering German.

    Dr. Rastalsky's research interests center around language pedagogy and language acquisition. He is continually working on revisions of the first and second year language curriculum, the Engineering German curriculum, and of his extensive website for first-, second- and third-year German courses.

    German 101-326 website:

    German 101/102 video lectures:

    Selected Publications

    • Dr. Rastalsky's "Interactive Grammar Tutor" is freely available online for interested students and teachers. For each grammar topic, it includes a summary, a detailed explanation with extensive, sometimes tongue-in-cheek examples, practice exercises, and diagnostic exercises which students can use to see if they have mastered the topic.
    • Numerous other resources, such as a series of video lectures on first year German, an online flashcard program, an extensive annotated link list, advice on learning strategies, are available via the German 101-326 website.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, 1997
    • M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, 1990
    • M.A., Mathematics, University of Michigan, 1988
    • B.A., Mathematics, Princeton University, 1986
  • Awards
    • Matthews Underclass Teaching Award, 2001
    • LSA Excellence in Education Award, 1999