Lorna Sopcak

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German Department
Ripon College
300 Seward St.
Ripon, WI 54971
+1 920 748-8127
sopcakL@ripon.edu

Position
Associate Professor of German
 

Art as Writing and Speaking Prompt
Kunst weckt Fantasie, Neugier und Kreativität, ruft emotionelle Reaktionen hervor, öffnet einen assoziativen Raum, und lädt zur authentischen Kommunikation ein, wie zum Beispiel Beschreiben, Erzählen, Bewerten, Kommentieren, Befragen oder Interpretieren. Kunstwerke können als Impuls, Motivation, und Mittel des Deutschlernens dienen. Teilnehmer dieser interaktiven Sitzung werden eine Auswahl der möglichen Anwendungen und Techniken für die Integration von Kunst im Deutschunterricht kennenlernen und erleben.

Bringing Still Life Works to Life
More strategies for using art to teach language Visual art sparks the imagination, awakens curiosity, inspires creativity, elicits an emotional response, opens an associative space, and invites engagement in authentic communication such as describing, narrating, evaluating, commenting, questioning, and venturing interpretations. Visual art can serve as impulse, motivation and means for language learning. Participants in this interactive session will explore a variety of approaches and techniques for integrating visual art (with focus on the genre still life) into the German language classroom. (Goethe Institut Echo-Seminar)

Learning Stations for Goethe’s "Gefunden" and "Sehnsucht"
Learning stations addressing multiple intelligences facilitate access to and understanding of two Goethe poems. 

Reading and Writing with Karin Gündisch’s Texts 
Looking for ways to integrate and coordinate reading and writing activities? This session presents classroom-ready material developed in collaboration with Karin Gündisch at AATG’s 2005 Kinder- und Jugendliteratur Seminar and incorporates techniques from Goethe Institut workshops on reading and writing. 
As a one-person department, I welcome the opportunity to work with teams of colleagues in the Trainer Network, as we are introduced to pedagogically sound materials and approaches and then develop sessions to present at state, regional and national conferences. The work has shaped my teaching and kept me informed of pedagogical innovations. The purpose of the Trainer Network is to serve the profession, but it is also an opportunity for personal development and for building relationships with colleagues.