Dear all,

Barring unforeseen circumstances, this is the last weekly email I will send to the German 101-232 class email lists from Winter 2019. I will send periodic emails to the Spring/Summer German 100-232 classes over the summer. If you are NOT taking German 100-232 this summer and would like to see these emails, you could visit the weekly email archive periodically to check for updates, or email me in order to be added to the Sp/Su email list. I will send the first Sp/Su email on May 7; the second one around June 1; thereafter, I will be sending emails on most Mondays.

Please check out this list of ideas for keeping up with German in Spring/Summer!

  • In Spring/Summer, there will be Deutschtische 12:00-12:45 on most Mondays and Wednesdays, associated with German 100 in the Spring, and with German 230 in the Summer. All are welcome; more details will be in my summer emails (see above).
  • German Lab, Schokoladenstunde, Max Kade Kaffeestunde & Deutschtisch, the Conversation and Free-Writing Hour, and German Club events will resume in the Fall.

Promote German! If you’ve enjoyed your German courses here, please tell your friends about them! Encourage your friends here to think about taking German 101. Encourage your younger friends and relatives back home to take German classes at your high school. Email your high school German teachers and tell them about your experiences in college, or offer to visit your high school to encourage students to take German there or in college!

Check the “German-Related Jobs and Opportunities” section below for an opportunity to do some programming for the German Department!

If you are interested in language teaching, note the ELI 391/591 course described in the “Miscellaneous” section: “Teaching English Internationally”!

Sign up here for the International Center’s Global Engagement and Education Abroad email list. Weekly emails include info on workshops regarding travel and work abroad, conversation groups, cultural info sessions etc. SEHR interessant!

The CGIS application portal for studying during Winter 2020 in Tübingen is already open.  The application deadline will be on Sunday, September 15.

Please click here to see the list of German classes for Spring, Summer and Fall 2019. If you have questions, please contact one of the German Undergraduate Peer Mentors or contact Mary ( and or Kalli ( during their office hours.

Other highlights from this week’s email, and what section to check for more details:

  • Seeking student with knowledge of PHP for WordPress/Canvas/YouTube project – German-Related Jobs and Opportunities
  • Study Abroad, Internships, Scholarship Deadlines – Study Abroad/Internships/Scholarship Info AND Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • Internship w United Bank of Switzerland (UBS) in Farmington Hills (apply by May 3) – Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • Internship Posting: Information Technology Internship for Harman in Farmington Hill, MI: Friday, May 10 (Application Deadline) – Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • Advising Hours – German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German
  • Conversation Partner Options – Miscellaneous
  • Deutsche Welle: 10 Favorite German Idioms – Miscellaneous
  • The Lernen to Talk Show – Miscellaneous

German Lab, Schokoladenstunde, Max Kade Kaffeestunde & Deutschtisch, the Conversation and Free-Writing Hour, and German Club events will resume in the Fall.

LRC Conversation Partner Site

Go to this page to sign up or find a conversation partner. Please notify the LRC if you notice problems (e.g. outdated records etc.). Don’t be shy: the more people sign up, the better the site will work!

Ann Arbor Stammtisch

  • A German Stammtisch meets once a week, usually on Thursdays at 8:00 pm at Grizzly Peak or another bar near Main Street. Join the email list to stay up-to-date on where and when the group will meet.
  • There’s also a facebook page: look for “German Table / Stammtisch”
  • Alternatively, contact Andy Kasten at for the current location and for more information. Wherever the Stammtisch meets, he’ll be wearing a VfB Stuttgart soccer jersey — Debitel on the front, Bordon #5 on the back. It’s white with a red collar and stripes.
  • This is NOT something you can do to make up an absence, but you can still go for fun and/or write about it for an AMD.

German Club events will resume in the Fall!

Questions/Comments: email Parker Hill (

Email to get put on the email list, or “like” the club on Facebook at for updates!

Please note that by attending German Club meetings, you can make up “A&P” points in German 101-232. Just ask one of the German Club officers to email your instructor (or write a note) saying you were there!

Faculty Advisors Mary Rodena-Krasan & Kalli Federhofer

  • Contact our two faculty advisors, Mary or Kalli, for advice on study abroad, internships abroad, a German major/minor, upper-level German courses, career opportunities in German, study-abroad and work-abroad opportunities, etc. They have frequent office hours in Fall/Winter, as follows:
  • Mary Rodena-Krasan (MLB 3128;
    • Her office hours in the Winter term are:
      T,TH 11-4 p.m.
  • Karl-Georg Federhofer (MLB 3422;
    • His next office hours will take place on these days:
      Monday, April 29: 11-3 p.m.,
      Tuesday, April 30: 10-2:30 p.m.,
      Wednesday, May 1: 10-2:30 p.m.,
      Thursday, May 2: no office hours,
      Friday, May 3: 10-2:30 p.m.,
      and by appointment
  • To reach either advisor:
  • You can also schedule appointments with Mary & Kalli by clicking here

German Peer Advisors/Mentors

If you would like to get in touch with a peer mentor in our Department, please write to: Their expertise includes:

  • Current classes and potential courses
  • Study abroad, internship, and traveling in Germany
  • Academic requirements (major/minor, LSA language requirement) and combination (engineering, pre-health, etc.)
  • Max Kade House
  • Departmental scholarships/fellowships
  • On- and off-campus German opportunities (German Club, German Day, etc.)
  • Career/job search
  • Getting involved – enhancing your undergraduate experience with the German Department

[This page will only include entries in this category when there is a job/internship etc. aimed at German students at all levels. To see more internship and job opportunities, scroll through Kalli’s blog, addressed to all upper-level German students]

Seeking student with knowledge of PHP for WordPress/Canvas/YouTube project

We are looking to hire a student with knowledge of PHP for a programming project. The student would design a WordPress site that would give instructors a user-friendly interface for entering links to YouTube videos, together with info to help students understand them (lyric videos, annotated and “regular” lyrics online, and any additional info written by the instructors). The site would display a random video each time it is visited. In addition, the student would program a plugin to allow each visitor to the Canvas home page of a participating German course to see what video they would see via the WordPress site if they clicked. Time permitting, the student would also write (or find) a plugin to let students up- or downvote videos they watch. The work would be paid at a rate of $12/hr. If you could do this and are interested, please email Hartmut a short description of your qualifications for the project!

There are two German Department facebook groups:

  • “German Advising at University of Michigan” [Read news here!]
    • Join this group to see much of the information you see in this email, as well as other relevant info, in the form of individual announcement posts.
  • “German Program at University of Michigan – Vorwärts Blau!” [Post things here!]
    • You are encouraged to join this group to in order to read and post interesting/fun items related to German language and culture. If you have trouble joining the group or posting something, please email Hartmut!

AND there is a German Department facebook page. Check it out:

You can find weekly updates similar to this email but with lots more content on this blog.

We also encourage you to join us on our LinkedIn site: ‘University of Michigan German Department’

You can also follow us on Twitter: @umichGerman

Conversation Partner Options: Various options for finding conversation partners are listed on this page.

ELI 391/591: Fundamentals of Teaching English as a Second Language Internationally

Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)

Spring 2019

ELI 391/591: Topics in ESL
Fundamentals in Teaching English as a Second Language Internationally

Interested in a challenging global experience teaching English as a Second Language? ELI 391 introduces the principles of second language learning and communicative ESL teaching practices. You will learn how to design and develop appropriate teaching materials and prepare to teach multiple age groups and levels, in different cultural contexts.

The course explores all skill areas (speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary) and examines the cultural challenges facing ESL teachers around the world. You will practice and refine your classroom skills by teaching mini-lessons, observing U-M foreign language classes, and carrying out a project targeting a culturally-specific context and age group. Ideal preparation for Peace Corps, Fulbright, JET, or other international teaching experiences.* (3 credits)

ELI 591 is for GRADUATE students who are admitted upon instructor’s approval (Spring term only).

May 8–June 10
Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
1096 East Hall

ELI Student Voices: Naruka
For more information contact the instructors:
Pamela Bogart:
Judy Dyer:
*For more information about ESL teaching opportunities abroad, visit the U-M International Center website.

Deutsche Welle: 10 Favorite German Idioms

The Lernen to Talk Show

A student who went to Germany for a year in 2011/12 created a series of 6-7 minute videos once a week to document his progress in the language, each of them carefully subtitled in ways that actually also show you some (not all) of the mistakes he makes as he speaks. Watching these carefully could be both instructive and inspiring: