North Dakota Chapter of the
American Association of Teachers of German
(2006 Information) - For reference only
Summer programs for students and teachers
For your internationally oriented students, here are a few tips on what to do this summer:
Perhaps your students would rather pick up German without leaving the country? For high school students, there's the German-language immersion camp “Waldsee” in Bemidji, MN. Waldsee, literally “woods by the lake,” is immersion in action. Students live with American, German, Austrian and Swiss counselors for up to a month in an entirely German-speaking environment where English is outlawed and American foods and pop culture are equally verboten. Call 1-800-222-4750 or visit the Concordia Language Villages online for more information.
College students can participate in the Deutsche Sommerschule am Atlantik, a three- and six-week immersion program at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston. There’s a special course for musicians as well, which will train musicians in the language skills indispensable for studying the extensive German musical repertoire and related literature. Scholarships are available. For more information, visit DSA's website.
For students on the West Coast, Portland State University offers the Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik, a 5-week total immersion program. Special programs in business German and economics are offered as well. For more information, visit DSP's website.
Finally for teachers, there are numerous conference and seminar opportunities in the upcoming months. In addition to the Deutsche Sommerschule am Atlantik and Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik's special teacher training programs, following seminars are still accepting applications:
1. AATG's "Alle lernen Deutsch" committee invites secondary
and post-secondary German teachers to meet in Washington DC from July 12 to 16
to explore ways of promoting the study of German among underrepresented groups
by creating internship and community-based project opportunities. In addition,
the workshop will explore America's German heritage and the contributions of
Germans to broader American culture, in order to make the study of German more
relevant for your students. Attendees will receive support for round-trip
transportation to Washington D.C. and full room and board.
For more information, go to
ALD's website or contact