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Webinars On Demand — Film, Literature, Art, and Music

Engaging Students with the Works of Jutta Richter

This webinar explores teaching two novels by Jutta Richter, one of Germany's most celebrated authors of Kinder- und Jugendliteratur. Ich bin hier bloss der Hund explores the world as seen by a dog and is endearing to readers of all ages. Der Hund mit den gelben Herzen tells the story of Lotta, her brother Prinz Neumann and the dog in Opa Schultes barn. The material is easily shared with students beginning with a proficiency level of A2-B1. Materials created for use with students in German 3, 4, or 5. Click to buy this Webinar.

Angelika Becker currently teaches high school in Indiana, but has experience at all levels, including elementary and adult learners. She coordinates the GAPP program at her school and participates in the annual AP Reading. She has presented at the local, regional and national level. She earned her BA from Indiana University and her MA from UNL.

Kathy Fegely teaches Exploratory German and German levels I,II, III,IV, and V at Antietam High School in Reading, PA. She is the immediate past president of the American Association of Teachers of German and is an active presenter in the AATG/Goethe Institute Trainernetzwerk. Kathy serves on the Kinder- and Jugendliteratur Committee and the Deutsch an Schulen Committee for the AATG. Additional professional interests include creating instructional units for integrating art and film into world language instruction. Return to top

Film and Commercials in the German Classroom

Authentic film and commercials help students develop intercultural sensitivity and critical media literacy. Discover multiple proven strategies for using film to enhance language and culture instruction. You'll learn how to use film to stimulate multi-level reading, speaking, and writing activities, as a focus for assessment--and to reinforce language structures. Click to buy this Webinar.

Gisela Hoecherl-Alden is Assistant Dean and Director of Language Instruction for all Language Departments at Boston University, where she also teaches German language , literature and film. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and has taught German at public and private universities in Alaska, Pennsylvania and Maine. She strives to integrate internships and study abroad with on-campus curricula, has received several awards for teaching and service, and regularly conducts K-16 language faculty development workshops. Return to top

Graphic Novels as Tools for Building Language Proficiency and Literary Analytical Skills

This webinar will demonstrate ways that instructors can use graphic novels as tools to effectively implement visual and multi-modal methods (often used in beginner courses) as building blocks for developing skills of critically reading literature. The webinar will show ways that carefully crafted questions can emphasize the visual exploration that has typically gone into reading graphic texts, but has less frequently been associated with building skills of literary exploration. Click to buy this Webinar.

Lynn Kutch (PhD, Rutgers--New Brunswick) is Associate Professor of German at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include scholarship and pedagogy of the German graphic novel, visual culture, adaptation studies, and German crime fiction. Return to top

Jugendliteratur in the German Language and Culture Class

Participants will learn why Jugendliteratur belongs center stage in the German classroom. Learn how to choose texts, and develop pre-reading, reading, and post-reading activities that address the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Explore 10 novels that work in a thematic-based curriculum. Click to buy this Webinar.

Keith Cothrun is the Executive Director of AATG. Prior to working at AATG, Keith was director of World Languages and Cultures for the College Board's Advanced Placement program with responsibilities for AP German, Chinese, Japanese, and Italian. He is a past president of AATG and ACTFL. More importantly, Keith taught for 24 years building a thriving high school German program and GAPP Exchange in New Mexico. Return to top

Märchen der Brüder Grimm: gezielt, kreativ, innovativ und effektiv

Join us for a wealth of innovative and creative ideas on how to effectively use some of the most popular tales in your German classes. Click to buy this Webinar.

Mohamed Esa is a German professor and Coordinator of the German section at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, where he teaches language, literature and culture courses in German and in English. Over the past years he has taught many seminars and workshops for German teachers in the USA, Canada, Germany and Sweden on a wide range of topics. His special areas of expertise are the effective use of music, fairy tales, proverbs and figures of speech as well as technology in German instruction. For his many efforts in the field of teaching the German language and German culture in the USA he has received numerous awards, including the 2007 "Teacher of the Year” at McDaniel College and, in 2009, a "Bundesverdienstkreuz” awarded by the Federal Republic of Germany and the AATG "Outstanding Educator Award.” Return to top

Musik im Deutschunterricht

Songs by Die Prinzen, the Wise Guys, Bettina Wegner, Frank Zander, Rammstein and Rolf Zuckowski are highly motivating for students and form the basis for this webinar on how to effectively use music in German instruction. Songs and video can be used to improve language proficiencies in all students. Music that is appropriate for teaching various themes will be introduced and multiple ways to use them will be presented. This webinar will be presented in German. Click to buy this Webinar.

Mohamed Esa is professor of German at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. He has conducted many seminars and workshops in the USA, Canada, Germany and Sweden. His areas of expertise are the effective use of music, fairy tales, proverbs and figures of speech as well as technology in German instruction. He has received numerous awards including McDaniel College Teacher of the Year, the Bundesverdienstkreuz, and the AATG Outstanding Educator Award. Return to top

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