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Johannes Schmidt


Associate Professor of German, German Section Head at Clemson University; native of Hamburg; Education: B.A. University of Konstanz, M.A. University of Massachusetts/ Amherst, Ph.D. University of Hamburg; Research and Teaching: 18th C German literature, philosophy, Herder, Lessing, Goethe, Schelling; language, culture, pedagogy, music from the 17th to the 21st C; Publications: “Podcasts as a Learning Tool" and "Trends in German Hip Hop Music" (both in UP).

German Music in the Classroom: Rap and R&B
German music continues to be an attractive teaching tool. Exploiting the Students' interest and knowledge, German rap and R&B offer a variety of options to engage them in German culture, advancing also vocabulary, listening, as well as grammar. Hands on workshop with examples and material. Keywords: Musik im Deutschunterricht

German Opera: 10 minutes or all year long
Either one hates opera or loves it! In this workshop participants will learn how opera can be included in their classrooms (from 10 minutes warm-ups to semester-long segments; including Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Berg, and Brecht), with a focus on German culture as well as language. A/V required. Keywords: Musik im Deutschunterricht

WWI in the German Language Classroom
How do we teach about events that happened 100 years ago? How do we convey the significance of WWI to today's students? How do we turn a superficial fascination with war into critical thinking about the destructive nature of humanity? Hands-on focus on beginning and intermediate German classes. Keywords: History and Culture

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