Professional Development Registration
Previous Declamation Contests at Rutgers!
The 2012 Annual Declamation Contest was held on April 30, 2012.
The 2011 Annual Declamation Contest was held on May 3, 2011. 23 students from five local schools performed selections from plays, original skits, and monologues.
The 2009 Annual Declamation Contest was held on Thursday, April 23rd. Five local schools participated and entertained the faculty, graduate students, teachers and others who came to watch.
The 2008 Annual Contest was held on Friday, May 2nd at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. About 40 students representing half a dozen schools performed in this competition.
In 2007, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of this special event sponsored by the Rutgers chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the national honor society for students of German. Over 30 students from area middle and high schools took part and entertained a standing-room-only crowd with performances of songs, poetry and scenes from various German-language plays.
Delta Phi Alpha - Rutgers University
Drama and Poetry Declamation Competition
The 83rd Annual Declamation Contest for local middle and high school students of German was held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 4pm. This year, the Declamation Contest took place in conjunction with two other important end of year department events: The Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society Initation Ceremony, and the Department End of Year Awards Ceremony.
It was a wonderful day of celebrating the study of German at all levels, and recognizing the achievements of German students at Rutgers. Below are some pictures from the day's events: Area high school students performing songs and drama selections for the Declamation Contest, Rutgers initiates to the Kappa Chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, and Charlotte M. Craig Distinguished Visiting Craig Professor Henry Sussman addressing the attendees.
Check back this winter for the date for our 2014 Competition!
- Students are encouraged to recite a poetry or prose selection OR to perform a dramatic scene or song.
- Selections should be appropriate for the student’s interest and ability.
- All selections ust be delivered in German.
- For group performances, each participant must have a speaking role.
- No amplification is allowed.
- Each performance is allotted a maximum of ten minutes. Time will be kept.
- No student who has had more than three years of German-language schooling in a German-speaking country should compete.
Each teacher is allowed to register up to two performances in each competition category:
BEGINNER: students in their first year of German study
ADVANCED: students in their second year or higher of German study
Judges will score the performances in the following three categories: memorization and preparation; clarity and pronunciation; and feeling and presence.
For each category, the performance may receive a maximum of 10 points and a minimum of 1 point. The maximum total number of points a performance may receive from one judge is 30 points. The maximum total number of points a performance may receive overall is 90 points.
2013 Declamation Contest
Professor Nicholas Rennie and Delta Phi Alpha President Christopher Johns
Jennifer Voitovitch, Spotswood High School
Hope Behre and Alison Ramsland from Chatham High School perform Haus am See by Peter Fox
Erin Dugan from the Pingry School performs an aria from Du bist die Ruh by Friedrich Rückert
Rose He performs Herbstmilch by Anna Wimschneider
Jennifer Voitovitch from Spotswood High School performs Die Katze und die Maus
Adam Szegeti, Dionisia Koutsoupias and Ashley VandeBeek from South River High School perform Ehekrach by Kurt Tucholsky
Students from South River High School perform Aschenputtel
Charlotte M. Craig Distinguished Visiting Professor Henry Sussman addresses the Declamation Contest participants and Delta Phi Alpha initiates
Delta Phi Alpha President Christopher Johns initates new Delta Phi Alpha members
Professor Rennie presents Das goldene Buch for signatures
Professor Rennie congratulates one of the undergraduate award recipients
German Movie Night
Mondays or Wednesdays at 8pm
German House Seminar Room
172 College Avenue
All German movies shown at the German House have English subtitles. Admission is free, and the door is open to everyone! Please click on the title for more information about the film.
Monday, February 10
Leander Haussmann (1999)
Monday, February 17
Stefan Ruzowitzky (2007)
Monday, March 10
What to Do in Case of Fire
Gregor Schnitzler (2001)
Wednesday, March 26
Doctor Mabuse, the Gambler
Fritz Lang (1922)
Wednesday, April 2
Eyes Wide Shut
Stanley Kubrick (1999)
Monday, April 7
Max and Moritz Reloaded
Thomas Frydetzki, Annette Stefan (2005)
Monday, April 14
Andreas Morell (2003)
Wednesday, April 23
The Wachowski Brothers (1999)
Christian Petzold (2007)
Götz Spielmann (2008)
Der letzte Mann (The Last Laugh)
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (1924)
Hilfe! (Help, I'm a Boy!)
Oliver Dommenget (2002)
Die Dreigroschenoper (The Three Penny Opera)
Georg Wilhelm Pabst (1931)
Lola rennt (Run Lola Run)
Tom Tykwer (2002)
Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread)
Nikolaus Geyrhalter (2005)
Ulrich Seidl (2007)
Best of Vienna Independent Shorts
u.a. Mara Mattuschka (2010-2013)
Christian Petzold (2012)
Die Spur der Steine
Roland Suso Richter (2001)
Fritz Lang, 1931
Wolfgang Staudte, 1949
Der Untertan (Man of Straw)
Wolfgang Staudte, 1951
Wim Wenders, 1984
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Uli Edel, 2008
Die Fälscher (The Counterfeiters)
Stefan Ruzowitsky, 2007
Der Räuber (The Robber)
Benjamin Heisenberg, 2010
Götz Spielmann, 2008
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
Werner Herzog, 2009
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
Werner Herzog, 2009
Clash by Night
Germany in Autumn
Alexander Luge, Rainer Werner Fassbinder
The American Friend
The Black Cat
The White Ribbon
Each semester, the German Department hosts Professional Development Conferences for teachers of German. The conferences, open to German instructors from the New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania areas, seek to enhance German curriculum at the middle and high school levels, so as to increase general interest in continued study of German language and literature.
After a brief hiatus, this series will be back in full force in Winter 2014. Join us on
Friday, February 21, 2014
9am - 2:30pm
(rescheduled from November 8, 2013)
for a blockbuster program featuring:
Keith Cothrun, Executive Director of the AATG, speaking on "Connecting German to the Common Core Standards"
Alexander E. Pichugin, Director of German Language and Cultural Studies, Rutgers University, speaking on "Digital Technology and Time Management in a Language Classroom"
Azzan Yadin, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Rutgers University, speaking on "German-English Cognates and German Lexical Enrichment"
Light breakfast will be served at 9:00 am, and opening remarks will commence at 9:30am. After our morning session, we will break as lunch is served, and reconvene for our afternoon session. The conference is expected to end by 2:30 pm, when certificates for New Jersey Professional Development hours will be distributed to the participants.
This event will be held in Room 107
The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life
12 College Avenue
Parking is available without a permit in Lots 26, 30, and the College Avenue Parking deck. Click here for a map of these parking lots.
Registration for this event is $40 per participant. Please send a check made payable to "Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey" to the address below:
German Department, attn: Department Administrator
172 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
By bringing different groups together, the conference furthers contacts and connections between teachers and curricula. To further promote this communication, teachers are invited to bring colleagues from different disciplines or departments. All attendees are provided with Professional Development certificates at the conclusion of the conference.
Drama and Poetry Declamation Contest
As part of the High School and Community Outreach program, the Department also coordinates an annual Drama and Poetry Declamation Contest for middle and high school students. This event is usually held in April or early May. Click here for more information!
Recent Professional Development Conferences
Dr. Olga Liamkina
"Beyond the Textbook: Selecting and Using Authentic Materials to Teach Vocabulary, Grammar, and Elements of Culture"
Mareen Fuchs and Veronika Jeltsch
"Language Lab Rediscovered: Creative Ways to Utilize and Integrate the Lab in your Class"
Dr. Helene Zimmer-Loew
"ProDeutsch: Maintaining and Enhancing German Enrollments!"
Dr. Christophe Fricker "Cartoons in the Classroom"
Dr. Jamie Rankin
“Nip it in the bud? Dealing with learner errors in the foreign language classroom.”
Dr. Silke Wehner-Franco
“Germans as foreigners/ foreigners in Germany: The dynamics of German immigration in language and culture.”
Professor Richard Alan Korb
"Berlin: 20 Years after the Wall"
"Experiences with the End of Communism from a Czech-Austrian Perspective"
Dr. Irene Motyl-Mudretzkyj
"Teaching Cultural Awareness through the Integration of the Arts"
Professor Christopher M. Clark
"Gegen/Kulturen: Teaching German Culture against the Grain"
Dr. Andrea Dortmann
"Get Started and Keep Going"
Professor Fatima Naqvi
"Multicultural Europe on Film"
Alfredo Franco, Curator
"Art for Language Teachers: How Art Can Improve Writing Skills and Language Acquisition"
Professor Michael G. Levine
"Kafka for Beginners"
Professor Eckhard Kuhn-Osius
"Grammar Without Tears: Part II"
Professor Azzan Yaddin
"Intuitive German: English Cognates and German Vocabulary Enhancement"
Professor Eckhard Kuhn-Osius
"Grammar Without Tears: Part I"
"Popular Music in Germany"
Federica Franze and Juljana Gjata
"World Cup 2006 in Germany"
Professor Ingeborg Walther
"Drama in the German Language Classroom"
Professor Lynne Tatlock
" 'Iconoclasm and Memory' in relation to monuments and memorials in Germany today"
Dr. Daniela Strigl
"Von Thomas Bernhard bis Elfriede Jelinek: Streiflichter auf die oesterreichische Gegenwartsliteratur”
“Die Parteien: woher sie kommen, wohin sie gehen.”