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Alternative Assessments

Teachers may notice quite often that their best language students are not those who score the highest on traditional tests. It is important to find other ways of assessing your students' skills and to help these pupils be more engaged and more successful. The purpose of this webinar is to suggest some alternative assessment formats that will help you achieve those goals. Good teachers are dynamic and flexible, and so it follows that their assessment tools should be, also. Click to buy this webinar.

Jim Sheppard teaches German at Screven County High School in Sylvania, GA. He has participated in statewide curriculum and certification projects, and was a contributor to the National Standards for German. He has been named STAR teacher and honored by his school and district as Teacher of the Year. The Georgia AATG chapter has twice named him German Teacher of the Year. Jim currently serves on the AATG Executive Council. Return to top

Connecting German to the Common Core

Learn how the Common Core standards can be leveraged to advocate for German. In this webinar, participants will examine the crosswalk from ACTFL to compare how World Language learning supports the literacy goals of the Common Core State Standards. The presenter will share activities and student samples to demonstrate the connection of the World Language Standards to those stated in the Common Core documentation. Click to buy this Webinar.

Linda Zins-Adams teaches German at Highlands High School in Ft. Thomas, KY. She is a certified and trained AP consultant, reader, and reviewer for College Board and has conducted numerous state, regional and national workshops. In 2008, she SCOLT finalist for ACTFL Teacher of the Year. She has received the Distinguished Alumna from the University of Cincinnati, the Federal Republic of Germany Friendship Award, and the AATG/Goethe-Institut Certificate of Merit. She currently serves on the SCOLT executive board. Return to top

Designing Thematic Instruction

Learn more about designing your own teaching units starting with level 1 and expanding them to be used all the way to levels 4 and AP! Understand the concepts of backward design, the planning of formative and summative assessments and essential questions. The presenter will share ideas and strategies to help make backward design work for you, share rubrics for formative and summative assessments and help with resources and teaching strategies for differentiation. Click to buy this Webinar.

Angelika Becker teaches at Carmel High School in Carmel, IN. She is an AATG consultant, Goethe-Institut Trainer, as well as an AP Reader and Consultant. She has presented at AATG chapter meetings, local, regional and national conferences since 1995. Currently she also serves as the Central Region Representative on the AATG Executive Council. Return to top

Developing Proficiencies in Interpersonal Communication

As one of the three modes of communication, Interpersonal communication provides opportunities for learners to negotiate and experiment with language in a meaningful setting. What does that look like in your classroom? How do you best assess students as they put their language to work? With a majority of all communication occurring in this mode, how can you best equip your students to communicate with other German speakers? Click to buy this Webinar.

Brandee Mau is a German teacher and WL Curriculum Facilitator for Campbell County School District in Gillette, WY. She’s been teaching 14 years in one of the last German programs in the least populated state in the US. She has conducted many local, regional and national professional development workshops, and is a member of the AP German Language and Culture development committee. She focuses on improving instruction, understanding student performance, and enabling students to reach their goals. Return to top

Re-scaffolding to Reach the New AP

The new AP German Language and Culture Exam requires a close look and rethinking of the German curriculum for levels 1-4. Examine a re-spiraled curriculum and discuss which structures need to be in place in order for students to achieve success in the new AP German Language and Culture course. Click to buy this Webinar.

Christopher Gwin teaches four levels of German at Haddonfield Memorial High School in Haddonfield, NJ. He is a TraiNDaF participant, active in the Trainernetzwerk, and serves on the DAS committee of the AATG. He has served in multiple leadership roles of the Southern New Jersey AATG Chapter. Return to top

Selecting and Using Authentic Resources

The abundance of authentic materials easily found on line is often overwhelming. As instructors we know the value of these materials but how do we make the task of finding appropriate text and developing successful instructional materials more manageable? In this webinar you’ll learn search strategies as well as strategies for making exercises that will work on any level, fit the six AP German themes, and address the three modes of communication. Click to buy this Webinar.

Wiebke Strehl is associate professor of German, assistant department chair and undergraduate director in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. She teaches a wide range of courses from language to introduction to literature with a focus on the literature of the late 19th century. Her research focuses on pedagogy, materials development, and testing. She is co-author of Mittendrin: Deutsche Sprache und Kultur für die Mittelstufe. Return to top

Task-based Reading Strategies

This webinar will model an effective template for developing task-based activities that engage students with a text and further their reading strategies in German. You will learn how to design individual tasks to focus student attention on meaning. Authentic literary and prose texts and sample activities will be presented. The activities are geared toward the post-secondary teaching context but could easily be adapted to high school classes. Click to buy this Webinar.

Astrid Klocke is associate professor of Humanities and Coordinator of Cinema Studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. She co-authored (with Waltraud Maierhofer) Deutsche Literatur im Kontext 1750-2000, a textbook for introductory literature classes taught in German, and given multiple conference presentations and workshops on the task-based teaching of literature and film. She has taught in the German programs at Indiana University, the Middlebury German School, and UCLA. She currently serves on the AATG Executive Council and chairs its Professional Development Committee. Return to top

Teaching Culture

Based on the framework and strategies developed by the AATG Culture Task Force, this webinar explores how language teachers can improve the intercultural learning in their courses. Learn about the AATG approach to culture learning and explore sample classroom activities. Get the big picture and be inspired for the classroom! Click to buy this Webinar.

Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim is associate professor of German at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. She served as chair of the AATG Culture Task Force and co-editor together with Rachel Halverson, of Intercultural Learning: Goals, Approaches and Teaching Materials She is also co-author of the Auf geht’s! and Weiter geht’s! curricula, which both adopt an intercultural approach to language learning. Return to top

Understanding the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) as a curriculum tool is suited to accommodating students from various educational backgrounds and learning styles through its emphasis on reflection, collaboration and self-assessment. This webinar will provide an overview of the CEFR and its principles and report on how the framework can be adapted for use in the US. Click to buy this Webinar.

Gunhild Lischke is Senior Lecturer in the department of German Studies at Cornell University. She is Language Program Director and her academic interests focus on curriculum design, assessment and professional development. She enjoys mentoring graduate student instructors and watching their progress as teachers. She is a member of the Goethe-Institut Trainer- and Mentorennetzwerk. Return to top

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