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10/16/2019
Live Webinar - Teaching STEM with a FL-A-CH Focus: Swiss Photography and Austrian Salt

10/22/2019
Live Webinar - Powerfrauen: Teaching about Women in FL-A-CH

10/29/2019
Live Webinar - Swiss and Austrian Film in the Classroom

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AATG's Webinars

Professional development comes to you!AATG Webinars to help you stay up-to-date and make your classroom a captivating environment for learning German. Designed for all levels of German instruction, these one-hour webinars will help you improve classroom practice, promote the learning of German, and advance your professional knowledge in a convenient, accessible, and interactive way.

Live Webinars. Join us for our live Webinar Series. All you need to participate in one of our live webinars is a computer with Internet connection and headset or speakers and microphone—or you can connect to the audio with a telephone.

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Fall 2019 FL-A-CH Webinar Series

Join us for this Webinar series, offering hands-on approaches for incorporating information about Liechtenstein, Austria, and Switzerland in your German language classroom from a variety of perspectives. Register now for these exciting online professional development opportunities!


Take advantage of our special offer: Register here for all four live FL-A-CH Webinars for the special AATG member price of $40 - you get four Webinars for the price of two. You can also register for an individual Webinar by using the link below the Webinar description.

 

Focus on Business: Liechtenstein and Austria
Tuesday, October 8, 6:00 pm (EDT)
Presenters: Astrid Weigert and Julia Ruck


Powerfrauen: Teaching about Women in FL-A-CH
Tuesday, October 22, 6:00 pm (EDT)
Presenters: Margaret Gonglewski, Ester Eichler, Christopher Gwin


Teaching STEM with a FL-A-CH Focus: Swiss Photography and Austrian Salt
Wednesday, October 16, 6:00 pm (EDT)
Presenters: Melanie Mello and Cindi Hodgdon

Swiss and Austrian Film in the Classroom
Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 pm (EDT)
Presenters: Karin Baumgartner and Amanda Sheffer

Focus on Business: Liechtenstein and Austria
Tuesday, October 8, 6:00 pm (EDT)
Presenters: Astrid Weigert and Julia Ruck

Klein aber fein: Wirtschaftsstandort Liechtenstein
Have your students ever heard of the Principality of Liechtenstein? The small country makes for an excellent case study in a business-related unit or course. We will take a look at an official promotional video on Wirtschaftsstandort Liechtenstein and ways in which our students can engage with this audio-visual material in terms of content and language on various instructional levels.
100% aus Österreich: Kultur & Marketing in Werbespots
How are forms of cultural identification used as a marketing strategy in commercials? Video commercials are a prime resource to explore how cultural identities are constructed through language, images, and sound. In this webinar you will get to know video commercials as well as approaches on how to teach language and culture on various instructional levels through a focus on Austrian businesses and their marketing strategies.
Register for this Webinar.

Astrid Weigert is Teaching Professor at Georgetown University and has 20 years of experience in teaching courses on business culture in the German-speaking world. From 2014 to 2018 she chaired the AATG committee on German for Professional Purposes and is currently a member of the FLACH committee. She is a regular attendee and presenter at the annual AATG conference.
Julia Ruck is Assistant Professor of Second Language Studies at Webster Vienna Private University where she coordinates the German language program. She has taught German in Austria, the United States, Uruguay, Brazil, and Russia. She serves as a member of the DACHL-Gremium of the IDV and regularly holds workshops and seminars for the Austrian Ministry of Education, Research and Science. Return to top


Teaching STEM with a FL-A-CH Focus: Swiss Photography and Austrian Salt
Wednesday, October 16, 6:00 pm (EDT)
Presenters: Melanie Mello and Cindi Hodgdon

In this webinar participants will gain an overview of two STEAM inspired units that focus on the FLACH countries. In her mini-unit on contemporary Swiss photography Melanie Mello will showcase how German, Physics, and Art can be combined in a curiosity sparking, creative learning experience in which students learn about the mechanics of the camera obscura. In her mini-unit on salt, Cindi Hodgdon will show how chemistry, biology, history, and German can create interest in science in German, the Salzburg region in Austria, and ice cream. Register for this Webinar.

Melanie Mello teaches German at Chandler High School in Chandler, Arizona. She has taught German for over eleven years at the K-16 level in the USA and in Germany. Besides being passionate about promoting and advocating for the teaching and learning of the German language and cultures, she shares a true passion for creating teaching materials for the STEM enhanced classroom. She is president of the Arizona Language Association and the Arizona Chapter of AATG. Past chair of the FLACH Committee, she is a coach in the Goethe-Institut German Teacher Coaching Program. Melanie is the 2019 SWCOLT Teacher of the Year.
Cindi Hodgdon teaches German at ConVal Regional High School, a PASCH school in Peterborough, New Hampshire. She organizes a student exchange with a Gymnasium in Salzburg and is increasing the amount of time she spends on STEM in her classroom. She is president of the Northern New England Chapter of AATG, board member of the New Hampshire World Language Association, and is currently working on bringing the Seal of Biliteracy to the state of NH. A past member of the AATG Board, Cindi was honored as NH World Language Teacher of the Year in 2017. Return to top


Powerfrauen: Teaching about Women in FL-A-CH
Tuesday, October 22, 6:00 pm (EDT)
Presenters: Margaret Gonglewski, Ester Eichler, Christopher Gwin

What do women and FL-A-CH have in common? Both often get too little attention in the typical German language curriculum! Discover fun and engaging lessons with a focus on significant and fascinating history-making women from Switzerland, Austria, and Liechtenstein. Register for this Webinar.

Margaret Gonglewski is Associate Professor of German and International Affairs at the George Washington University, where she has been directing the German Language Program since 1995. She is co-author of the introductory level textbook Treffpunkt Deutsch and has published articles on business language studies, effective use of technology in language teaching, and language program direction.
Ester Eichler is in her 25th year of teaching Levels 1-AP German in the Abington School District in Abington, PA. She also just celebrated the 20th anniversary of her GAPP exchange with Karlsgymnasium in Bad Reichenhall, Bayern. Her presentations at World Language Teaching Conferences focus on reading skills, the integration of art as well as famous women into the World Language Curriculum, and preparation of students for GAPP exchanges.
Christopher Gwin is in his 30th year of teaching, currently teaching courses part time at the high school and at the undergraduate level. His areas of special interest are K-16 articulation, team building and pedagogical sharing in curriculum design, immersion teaching and new teacher recruitment. He sits on the NECTFL Board of Directors and is the Executive Director of the NFMLTA. Return to top


Swiss and Austrian Film in the Classroom
Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 pm (EDT)
Presenters: Karin Baumgartner and Amanda Sheffer

This webinar explores films from the Swiss and Austrian contexts that can be used on all levels in the high school or college setting. Participants will learn about available films – both old and new – that are produced in these countries that also pay special attention to their cultural contexts. Instructional units for the classroom will be presented. Register for this Webinar.

Karin Baumgartner is Professor of German at the University of Utah where she teaches German language and literature at all levels. She co-edited From Multiculturalism to Cultural Hybridity: New Approaches to Teaching Modern Switzerland. She served on the AATG Board 2010-2013. In 2016, she received the AATG FL-A-CH award, and in 2017 the ACTFL Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture.
Amanda Sheffer is Clinical Associate Professor of German at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where she teaches German on all levels. She is the 2017 recipient of the AATG FL-A-CH award and is the chair of the AATG FL-A-CH committee. She holds a Ph.D. in German from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Return to top


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