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E-Notes Archive

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February 1, 2011

Best Wishes for a Successful and Healthy Year 2011 and a Great Spring Semester!

Call for Workshop Proposals

The upcoming GLSC Annual Conference and Teacher Development Forum is scheduled for November 5, 2011. Currently we are accepting proposals for the workshops to be held at the Conference. To submit a proposal please use the Workshop Proposal Form.


Call for GLSC Merit Award Nominations

Once a year GLSC bestows Merit Awards to one outstanding teacher and one outstanding administrator. Preference is given to nominees with more than ten years of service to a GLSC Member school. Please submit your nomination using the Merit Award Nomination Form.


2011 GLSC Summer Programs

Applications for both the Home-stay Program for Children and the Travel/Study Summer Program in Germany/Switzerland for Adults are currently accepted.


For Teachers

A following helpful website was sent to us by teachers from the German School of Connecticut: http://www.4teachers.de

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March 15, 2010

German School Cleveland Celebrates 50th Anniversary

With a traditional German dinner, a student program, guest speakers and the issuance of a special commemorative anniversary booklet and a DVD, the German School Cleveland will celebrate its 50th anniversary on March 21, 2010. The GLSC and all its member schools send best wishes for a wonderful festivity and continued success in the future. Congratulations!


First Meeting to Discuss the Quality Management for the GLSC Member Schools

On February 27, 2010, Dr. Renate Ludanyi, President of the GLSC and Principal of the German School of Connecticut, met with Board members of the German Saturday School Boston and Dr. Heidemarie Tirey, its former Chair, now a Trustee of the GLSC. Dr. Ludanyi and Dr. Tirey outlined initial steps to advance quality management at the private German language schools in the U.S. As a first step it was suggested that schools identify the tests to be administered. A GLSC committee, together with classroom teachers, will then develop curriculum guidelines that will best prepare students for these tests. At the same time, the GLSC will work with the schools to identify the administrative requirements needed to support these efforts.


Registration for the AP German Exam Due this Month

GLSC member school students who are preparing for the DSD I (Level A2/B1) should consider taking the AP German Exam this May. This exam is administered at many high schools. Many colleges and universities award credits and give advanced placement to students who score well on the exam. Students who have not already contacted their local AP Coordinator should do so as soon as possible. Registration deadlines vary, but many high schools require registration by the end of this week.


Search for Presenters of a Pre-K – K Workshop

The GLSC is still searching for one or more presenters to give a workshop on a topic for teachers in the Pre-K – K range. If you would like to give a presentation, please send us a Workshop / Presentation Proposal.


GLSC Summer Programs 2010

Applications for both the Home-stay Program for Children and the Travel/Study Summer Program in Germany/Switzerland for Adults are still accepted.

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February 13, 2010

Deutsche Sprachschule New York at the United Nations International School authorized to offer the Austrian German Diploma

The Deutsche Sprachschule New York at the United Nations International School proudly announces that it received the authorization from the ÖSD Central Office in Vienna, Austria, to offer the Austrian German Diploma (das Österreichische Sprachdiplom, ÖSD) and become their official Testing Center in the US. The ÖSD is comparable to the DSD of the Kultusministerkonferenz inasmuch as it is a prerequisite (B2 or C1 levels) for the study at Austrian, German or Swiss universities.

On January 28, the Deutsche Sprachschule New York at the United Nations International School welcomed Mag. Karoline Janicek from the ÖSD Testing Administration in Vienna. Four teachers of the school received a day-long workshop at the Austrian Consulate General in New York City, which included an introduction into the content and the logistics of the examination. On January 30, ten students took the ÖSD exams KID 2 – Kompetenz in Deutsch 2 (equivalent to CEFR Level A2) and six students took the B1 Zertifikat Deutsch für Jugendliche (equivalent to CEFR Level B1). The school will be informed of the results by the Austrian testing authorities and the certificates will be handed out during a reception in the Consulate General of Austria.

The GLSC congratulates the Principal of the Deutsche Sprachschule at the United Nations International School, Dr. Valerie Weintraub, and the ÖSD specialist, Dr. Maria-Luise Caputo-Mayr, on their successful endeavor and on the recognition of their school as the first and only ÖSD testing center in New York.


Request for Merit Award Nominations

Following the introduction of some aspects of the Quality Management at our latest Annual Conference, Dr. Renate Ludanyi, President of the GLSC and Principal of the German School of Connecticut, and Dr. Heidemarie Tirey, Trustee of the GLSC and a Board Member of the German Saturday School Boston, will meet on February 27 in Boston to discuss laying the groundwork for advancing the concept of quality management and planning further steps. It was agreed at a recent GLSC board meeting that the curriculum represents the heart of instruction and will constitute the point of departure for further discussion regarding quality management. A second point will be a discussion of administrative cooperation of parents at the private German language schools. The results of this meeting will be announced in future E-notes.

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January 25, 2010

Call for Presentations at the 31st GLSC Annual Conference

With your feedback in mind, we have already started preparations for our next Annual Conference to be held in New York on November 6, 2010. If you would like to offer a presentation or workshop, please submit the Workshop/Presentation Proposal. The submission deadline has been extended to March 31, 2010.


Request for Merit Award Nominations

The German Language School Conference honors outstanding teachers and administrators of its member schools at its Annual Conference. The merit awards are presented to a teacher and to an administrator who made significant contribution to promoting the German language and culture. The Merit Award Nomination Form can be found online


New Edition of Jump Into German Planned

The GLSC is planning to reedit Jump into German, a handbook for teachers of younger students. We will create a new format of this publication and retest each learning unit. This work will require a great amount of cooperation. If you would like to assist in reviewing the material, please contact us. A small honorarium will be paid.


The 1st International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages

The GLSC will participate in the panel Developing and Maintaining Vital and Sustainable Heritage Languages at the 1st International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages held at UCLA, Los Angeles, on February 9 – 21.

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November 16, 2009

GLSC Summer Programs

GLSC Home-stay Program for 12-16 Year Olds

June 19 – July 10, 2010

The Program for 12 through 16-year olds is a home-stay program with families in Ingelheim near Frankfurt, Germany. A GLSC teacher supervises the group. The Program offers participants an opportunity to use German in a German-speaking environment. The students live with carefully screened host families and participate fully in their lives.

Many activities are planned to give the students an opportunity to practice German in everyday situations. The students attend two weeks of school with their host brother or sister at the Kaiserpfalz Realschule, Ingelheim. Planned are participation at local events, a cruise on the Rhine River, as well as trips to the Gutenberg Museum Mainz and the Roman parts of Ingelheim and Cologne, the Chocolate Factory, as well as to other places of interest to children.

Applications are currently being accepted.

Additional information:
http://www.germanschools.org/Programs/Children.htm


Travel / Study in Germany and Switzerland for Young Adults to Retirees

July 29 – August 22, 2010
(Shorter Stays can be arranged.)

The four-week travel/study session is held in Konstanz, Germany. The Program enables participants to visit Munich and enjoy the Lake Constance area and offers them an opportunity to learn German in a German-speaking environment.

The Program begins with four days in Munich and visits to Salzburg and Neuschwanstein Castle. Day trips from Konstanz include Freiburg and the Black Forest, Meersburg, Überlingen (Germany), St. Gall, Zurich, Stein-am-Rhein, the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen (Switzerland) and Strasbourg (France). Additional highlights are visits to the Alps and a cruise on the Rhine River. Activities are designed to provide students with an opportunity to practice German in everyday situations. Participants are also encouraged to attend the numerous festivals of this resort area and to interact with native speakers for further language improvement.

Applications are currently being accepted.

Additional information and application:
http://www.germanschools.org/Programs/Adults.htm

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September 30, 2009

Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Germany's Grundgesetz and the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

A great amount of information can be found online to help you incorporate these two important events into your lesson plans. We would like to make you aware of a Free DVD for Educators entitled "Freedom without Walls" issued by the German Information Center.

You may request the DVD here.


Games and Activities for Teachers of German Language Schools

Please note a new feature on our Website. With the help of a StADaF grant, a number of teachers from various GLSC member schools collected and submitted games and activities to be used by all our schools. We thank all of the contributors.
Our game collection is constantly growing. You can still contribute to it for the benefit of us all.


Upcoming Annual GLSC Conference: Some Recommendations

Teachers who prepare students for the DSD or AP examinations or who need to give certification to middle or high school students for credits in their full-time schools are advised to attend the workshop of Dr. Joel Goldfield. In some areas the new OPI and WPI examinations are required to obtain high school credits for work done at a German Language School. To fully benefit from Dr. Goldfield’s presentation it is recommended that you familiarize yourselves with the ACTFL Standards and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Administrators and principals are advised to attend the workshop offered by Dr. Felix Emminger.

Click here for the Conference Program and Online Registration.

German Language School Conference • E-Mail: info@germanschools.org