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GOLDEN Online Graduate-Level Courses

The Global Online Language Distance Education Network (GOLDEN) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, recognized by US News and World Report as a model online graduate education program, offers courses in foreign language pedagogy, a customizable M.A. in Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education with a Specialization in World Language Education, and a Certificate in World Language Education. GOLDEN courses are designed specifically for current and aspiring German or Spanish classroom teachers with accommodations made for those not currently teaching in a language classroom. The goal of GOLDEN courses is two-fold: to develop classroom teachers’ knowledge in content areas (target language culture and interculturality, literature, and language) and to expand knowledge of research informed practices for improving student language learning and proficiency. The courses are completely online, taught in the target language, and oriented toward theory into practice. For more information about the GOLDEN program, contact Sheri Hurlbut at or visit the website. Deadline for summer/fall admission is March 1, 2018.

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Along with building a strong community of fellow language teachers, GOLDEN courses offer the benefit of learning by doing. All courses allow participants first to become familiar with new tasks, activities, technologies, and applications as a student and then to reflect on those experiences as a teacher. Many times, course participants design lessons and tasks to try out with their own students, followed by a discussion of the experience with colleagues. A variety of authentic target language texts provide meaningful contexts for acquiring and expanding language and culture/intercultural knowledge and skills. Discussions are conducted and products are created in the target language. GOLDEN offers flexibility to either complete a formal MA/Certificate program or to simply take stand-alone courses, as desired.

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Goethe-Institut Fortbildungsseminare in Deutschland

Each year, the Goethe-Institut provides scholarships to teachers of German in the US to participate in professional development seminars or language courses for teachers in Germany. Meet teachers of Germany from throughout the world and keep up-to-date with the latest developments in Germany. Information on the available courses can be found here. Find application information here. Scholarship applications for 2018 courses are due October 30.

Fortbildungsseminare zur österreichischen Landeskunde, Methodik und Didaktik für Deutschlehrerinnen und Deutschlehrer

Kultur und Sprache ist ein Programm des österreichischen Bundesministeriums für Bildung (BMB). Unsere Hauptaufgaben sind die Organisation und Durchführung von Seminaren und Workshops in Österreich und im Ausland für das Fach Deutsch als Fremdsprache (DaF) sowie die Erstellung von Landeskundematerialien für den Unterricht. Die online-Anmeldung ist ab sofort bis 6 Wochen vor Seminarbeginn möglich. Details zu den Seminaren finden Sie auf unserer Homepage und in unserem Seminarkatalog (als PDF verfügbar). Bei Fragen erreichen Sie uns unter

Online Graduate Certificate in Language Teaching with Technology

The Certificate in Language Teaching with Technology is a 12-credit fully online graduate program for pre- and in-service language teachers who wish to learn how to leverage today's technology to improve their students proficiency and inter-cultural competence. It is offered by the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. More information is available on the Certificate in Language Teaching with Technology website.

CARLA Summer Institutes for Language Teachers

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota has sponsored a summer institute program for second language teachers since 1996. CARLA offers a range of institutes targeted at foreign language and ESL teachers from a variety of teaching levels and contexts. Institutes designed specifically for immersion educators are also offered. More information is available on the CARLA website. Early application is encouraged, since institutes fill up quickly.

Wirtschaftsdeutsch und berufliches Deutsch mit und ohne Internet unterrichten

This International Teacher Training Seminar Wirtschaftsdeutsch at the Institut für Internationale Kommunikation, Düsseldorf includes socio-cultural activities to help to make the seminar a "working holiday". And AATG members can benefit from a special price!

Additional contacts, excursions and cultural visits can be arranged according to participants' wishes (at their own expense). Accommodation is with selected families near the university campus (single room including breakfast). For more information and to apply directly through IIK, visit their website.

Summer Graduate Program at Middlebury College

Did you know that you can pursue an MA at Middlebury in four summers AND that students who enroll in the MA program during the summer receive 100% of their demonstrated need in financial aid?

The MA in German will allow you to focus on a variety of topics, including German culture, history, literature, art, theater, politics, economics, and linguistics. To learn more about the Summer graduate program, visit Middlebury's Graduate Studies in German page.

German Summer School in the USA

Interested in professional development this summer? Consider one of these German Summer Schools sponsored through the Goethe-Institut and by the German Federal Government. All German Summer Schools are affiliated with colleges and universities in the United States. Many offer one or two-week professional development courses in addition to courses for undergraduate or graduate credit.

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Deutsche Sommerschule von New Mexico 4 June 5-July 6 yes varies NM
Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik 5 June 27-August 2 yes varies OR
Middlebury Language School 7 June 29-August 17 yes varies VT
Deutsche Woche in Bar Harbor 1 July 22-July 28 yes varies ME
Millersville University 1 July 9-July 12 yes varies PA

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