ACTFL 2018

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Goethe-Institut Sessions at ACTFL 2018

Description: Learn about Deutschlandjahr USA initiatives and share ideas and strategies to promote and support the teaching and learning of German in the US. Roundtable discussion with representatives from the German Embassy, the DAAD, the Goethe-Institut, and the Zentralstelle für Auslandsschulwesen.

N.N., German Embassy
Helmut Kehlenbeck, Central Agency for Schools Abroad
N.N., German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Christoph Veldhues, Goethe-Institut Washington 

Location: Room 218

Date: Fri, 16.11: 11:00 - 11:45 Uhr
Description: Germany offers first-class higher education programs for a minimal cost. This session will provide educators with strategies, real-life examples and dissemination ready materials to transform their student's future career opportunities with German into an effective advocacy tool for promoting German programs to parents, students and administrators.

Eileen Sellman, Goethe-Institut Washington
Andrea Pfeil, Goethe-Institut New York

Location: Room 217

Time: Fri, 11/16: 2:00 PM  - 2:45 PM 
Description: With its focus on the spoken word, on rhythm, sound and pronunciation, hip-hop can be a wonderful instrument for language learning. In this session, the Goethe-Institut Boston presents materials and results of their project 'Learning German through Rap' in which students at New England high schools wrote and performed their own raps – in German.

Kerstin Hämmerling, Goethe-Institut Boston
Christine Moeller-Sahling, Goethe-Institut Boston

Location: Room 218

Time: Fri, 11/16: 4:00 PM  - 4:45 PM 
Description: Intercultural Competence is essential for youth in an interconnected world. Reciprocal exchanges in the GAPP model are one of the most powerful tools to foster these skills as well as to promote -and expand- language programs. Experienced coordinators give hands-on examples how to make affordable intercultural experiences possible in grades 6-12

Natascha Lehner, Goethe-Institut New York
Heike Armbrust, Anne-Frank-Gymnasium Werne 
Christele Schwerer, Oconomowoc High School 
Nicole Whitescarver, Greenwood High School 

Location: Room 217

Time: Sun, 11/18: 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM 
Description: This session will provide an overview of current projects and materials that the Goethe-Institut offers in this area: Find out how students can become Environmental Ambassadors or how projects with sustainable topics such as consumption or nutrition can be conducted. Get to know new games and best practice materials ready to use in the classroom.

Anja Schmitt, Goethe-Institut Chicago
Stephanie Hafner, Goethe-Institut Washington

Location: Room 218

Time: Sun, 11/18: 10:00 AM  - 10:45 AM 
Description: The Goethe-Institut supports a network of schools that launch innovative projects to strengthen the role of German as a foreign language (PASCH: "Schools: Partners for the Future"). Learn about how digital media serves to facilitate language learning and helps learners create vivid links to German(y) in these projects.

Stephanie Hafner, Goethe-Institut Washington
Eileen Sellman, Goethe-Institut Washington

Location: Room 218

Time: Sun, 11/18: 11:00 AM  - 11:45 AM 


© NOLA Steamboat Company

The Steamboat Natchez is the last authentic Steamboat on the Mississippi River, making for a perfect setting to spend an evening with us and other German teachers from around the United States. We have arranged for a private deck and will be taken down the Mississippi past the site of the Battle of New Orleans and back again to the French Quarter landing. Join us for a relaxing and scenic evening of creole cuisine, drinks, live music and great prizes! 

CRUISING: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

This event is sponsored by the Goethe-Institut USA for our Teachers of German from across the USA.
Online registration has now closed. If you are still interested in participating, please stop by our booth 919 in the ACTFL Exhibit Hall on Friday, 11/16/18 to inquire about vacancies. These remaining seats will be distributed „first come-first served“ to those German teachers ready to submit their $50 security deposit via check.

SATURDAY AATG/Goethe-Institut Awards Presentation

Saturday, November 17th
7:30 - 8:00PM
Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

Join us for a special evening honoring talented teachers of German. Please find this year’s winners of the Goethe-Institut/AATG Certificate of Merit below.
  • Dr. Viktoria Harms, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Dr. Ninja Nagel Idrizi, Barrington High School
  • Melanie Mello, Chandler High School
  • Dr. Nichole Neuman, Kansas State University
  • Josef Neumayer, Niles West High School
  • Sabine Schmid-Rankin, Forestview High School
  • Claudia Schroeppel, Henry M. Gunn High School