Goethe-Institut Sessions at ACTFL 2017

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

Presenters: Keith Cothrun, American Association of Teachers of German
Matthias Dettling, Consulate General of Switzerland
Jan Patrick Eckendorf, German Embassy
Christoph Veldhues, Goethe-Institut Washington
Gertrude Zhao-Heissenberger, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education

Location: Room 214

Time: Fri, 11/17: 2:30 PM  - 3:30 PM
Description: This session provides an overview of all German-STE(A)M related projects the Goethe-Institut offers to teachers and students: Seminars about sustainability, the Aqua-Agent project, the Going Green project, educational games (i.e. Eco-Mission) and many more. Come and experience hands-on examples and material ready to use in your classroom.

Presenters: Anja Schmitt, Goethe-Institut Chicago

Location: Room 212

Time: Fri, 11/17: 5:00 PM  - 6:00 PM 
Description: To strengthen German programs K-16 in the US, the Goethe-Institut supports teachers, engages students, counsels school administrations, and builds and empowers networks of language partners. This session provides an overview of its activities in these areas with particular focus on recent additions and program highlights projected for 2018.

Presenters: Dr. Christoph Veldhues, Goethe-Institut Washington
Eileen Sellman, Goethe-Institut Washington

Location: Room 211

Time: Sat, 11/18: 8:00 AM  - 9:00 AM 
Description: Global awareness and intercultural skills have become recognized as important skills. However, this doesn't always translate into more support for foreign languages. Experienced teachers show how they've convinced reluctant schools to participate in international exchanges and how these have led to two new German programs in neighboring KY schools.

Presenters: Natascha Lehner, German American Partnership Program
Heike Armbrust, Anne-Frank-Gymnasium Werne 
Nicole Whitescarver, Greenwood High School 

Location: Room 214

Time: Sat, 11/18: 10:00 AM  - 11:00 AM
Description: This session presents innovative approaches to the integration of popular songs, both contemporary and representative for historical time periods such as the Cold War, that express perspectives on political or social circumstances in the form of commentaries, poetic reflections, and protests.

Presenters: Ingrid Zeller, Northwestern University, Katja Fullard, Goethe-Institut Chicago

Location: Room 212

Time: Sun, 11/19: 8:00 AM  - 9:00 AM
Description: The Goethe-Institut's Just Add German web platform offers fun contests, strategies and tools to build networks and present an effective case to promote German to parents, students, administrators and school board members. The German for Hire project features German college students visiting US classes to offer a glimpse of modern Germany.

​Julia Koch, Goethe-Institut San Francisco
Andrea Pfeil, Goethe-Institut New York

Location: Room 210

Time: Sun, 11/19: 11:15 AM  - 12:15 PM 

Special Events

Participate in our Goethe quiz* – answer the questions either online or at booth #323 for a chance to win amazing prizes:
  • 1x Two-Week German Language Course or Professional Development Course for German Teachers in Germany (both include full course fees, accommodation, meals on course days and 500 Euro towards travel expenses)
  • ­­­­­3x Goethe-Institut Online German Language Course for Teachers
  • ­­­­­3x Goethe-Institut “Überraschungstüte”
Participation Deadline: Friday; November 17th at 6:00pm

Winners will be drawn during the reception on Saturday night, November 18 from 8:00-09:00pm at the Omni Nashville (Legends Ballroom A-C). You must be present in person at the reception to claim your prize.

*Tip: all solutions to the Quiz can be found on our website (! 
You are cordially invited! Join us for a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres in a relaxed atmosphere while mingling and networking with other German teachers and Goethe-Institut employees from across the USA. We look forward to spending a great evening with you!

Additionally, we will be announcing and presenting the winners of our 2017 Goethe-Institut Quiz - you must be present to claim your prize. 

Take part in our quiz here.