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.
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.
Fall 2017 Professional Development Day
Friday, December 1, 2017
Academic Building, room 4052
15 Seminary Place
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Featuring two great speakers:
Ester Eichler, AATG / Abington Jr. & Sr. High School, Philadelphia, PA
"Teaching art through four modes of Communication"
and a speaker from the Goethe Institute, topic tbd.
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 2:00 pm, when certificates for New Jersey Professional Development hours will be distributed to participants.
We will also be hosting an exciting Craig Translation Workshop on the same date, and you are welcome to stay for that following the Professional Development Day events!
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: Elizabeth deWolfe
15 Seminary Place, Room 4131
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
If your institution is paying for your registration and requires an invoice, please contact Elizabeth deWolfe (email@example.com).
Registration is due by Wednesday, November 22nd.
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
Eckhard Kuhn-Osius, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Hunter College, CUNY
"Language Teaching as a Higher Order Thinking Activity"
Olga Liamkina, Ph.D., Educational Liaison, Goethe-Institut New York
"Learning German in a 'Community': Goethe-Institut projects, apps, and materials to reach students in the classroom and beyond"
Andrea Pfeil, Director of Language Courses, Goethe-Institut New York
"Web-based and Mobile Apps for Teaching German"
Dr. Mohamed Esa, President of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
"Fairytales in the German Classroom: Creative, Innovative, and Multimedia Approach"
Keith Cothrun, Executive Director of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
"Connecting German to the Common Core Standards"
Dr. Alexander E. Pichugin
"Digital Technology and Time Management in a Language Classroom"
Professor Azzan Yadin
"German-English Cognates and German Lexical Enrichment"
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.”