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ACT! How to Build, Grow, and Maintain Your German Program: Sharing Best Practices from the Field
This workshop offers specific suggestions, practical ideas as well as short- and long-term initiatives that can help to sustain German programs (e.g., interdisciplinary collaborations on and off campus; innovative curricula, collaborative research projects; dual enrollment; flipped/hybrid/online course models; Deutsche Samstagsschule; German student club; excursions; German film festival; community outreach and engagement; immersion programs; internships; study abroad fairs and programs; German day on campus; German tutoring program; workshops through the Goethe Trainernetzwerke; partnerships with German-related organizations, firms and companies). Keywords: Promoting German

Blending the World Languages Classroom: Creating Online Content that Works!
Blended learning, the flipped classroom, and online tools are all valuable new additions to the repertoire of the world languages instructor, but how are they created? Participants in this workshop will see examples of successful blended and flipped language courses, learn how to use several new online tools for language learning, and create an online module for use in their own classrooms. Participants should bring a laptop with internet connection. Keywords: Technology

Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Approaches to Teaching Foreign Languages: The German Forest
This session introduces an interdisciplinary teaching unit on the German Forest that connects with various academic disciplines incl. the STEM fields, sustainability, environmental studies, the arts, history, and the social sciences (with ready-to-use activities!). Keywords: Curriculum

Move All Students: How to Prepare for and Capitalize on Study Abroad Experiences
This session will provide hands-on activities and strategies that utilize experiential learning techniques to prepare students for study abroad experiences. The focus of this presentation lies on the acquisition and development of skill sets (i.e. problem-solving skills, cross-cultural awareness, flexibility/adaptability, etc.) that are -to varying degrees- applicable for K-12 and college classroom settings. Keywords: Study Abroad/Exchange Programs

Leben Und Lieben Im Sozialismus! Teaching East German Culture Through DEFA-Films
This presentation will provide a retrospective look into selected DEFA films that address both popular and relevant themes in East German films while focusing on the depiction of youth culture, and how the unique cultural politics in the GDR influenced and shaped the lives of young East Germans. Keywords: Film/TV, History and Culture

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