Dear all,

I will send emails to the Spring/Summer German 100-232 classes every few weeks over the summer, with information about German-related events, opportunities, websites, etc. This is the first of these emails; I will send the second one around June 1; thereafter, I will be sending emails on most Mondays.

Over the summer, there will be Deutschtische on Mondays and Wednesdays 12-12:45, associated with German 100 in the Spring, and with German 230. Tomorrow’s Deutschtisch (we 5/8) will be just for the German 100 students to get to know each other; thereafter, all are welcome to attend. More details are in the “Conversation Hours” section below.

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

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.

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 Posting: Information Technology Internship for Harman in Farmington Hill, MI: Friday, May 10 (Application Deadline) – Upcoming Deadlines & Events
  • Conversation Partner Options – Miscellaneous
  • Learn with Oliver – Miscellaneous
  • Yabla German: – Fun Listening Comprehension Practice – Miscellaneous

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


The Deutschtisch for Spring 2019 is associated with German 100. The first Deutschtisch tomorrow (Wed 5/8) will be just for the German 100 students to get to know each other, but as of Mon 5/13, all are welcome! The group will meet MW 12:00-12:45. You can find the group with your ears (i.e. listen for a group of people speaking German). Look for the group:
  • Most days: At Maizie’s Kitchen in the Michigan League.
  • Occasionally in good weather: in the “Courtyard Garden” of the League, across from UHS (one way to get to it would be to go directly through the League from the front doors (facing the Bell Tower) to the back doors).
  • To be sure of the location, come to the end of class at 11:50 in 2108 MLB to walk to lunch with the group, or email the instructors to confirm the location: Vera Irwin in the first half of the semester, Maria Measel in the second half of the semester.

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, but more limited availability in Spring/Summer. Please use the email info or the link below to contact them!
  • Mary Rodena-Krasan (MLB 3128;
  • Karl-Georg Federhofer (MLB 3422;
  • To reach either advisor:
  • You may also be able to 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 availability may be limited in the summer! The peer mentors’ 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.

Learn with Oliver

This link takes you directly to the German site, but you can use the site to study many other languages via the language list at the bottom. Create a free account and try it out. The flashcards include audio and example sentences, and an option to make your own notes (e.g. mnemonics for the word). They use a spaced repetition format that allows you to control when you see a card again. The “Text Analyzer” allows you to enter a German text and then hover over words in the text to see a translation and access the flashcard for that word if it’s in the site’s database. You can also create a set of flashcards to study based on the text. You can sign up to receive daily practice emails. Another great feature: “Practice Sentences“: click and you will see a random (useful) sentence, then (after a pause), its translation, then the next sentence, etc.

Yabla German: Fun Listening Comprehension Practice

This is a great site for practicing your listening comprehension, and you can sign up for free through the LRC. Yabla allows you to watch their library of authentic German videos (TV clips, music videos, etc.) with various features to help you practice listening (you can slow down the audio, choose segments to repeat on a loop until you understand, see German and/or English captions, etc.

You can see some demo Yabla videos here. I recommend starting by clicking on the main “Demo” button, to see an overview of the features. Then try it out with one of the sample videos on that page.

You can click here to register for Yabla for free.

A limited number of slots are available in each language. Your subscription expires after a month if others are waiting, in which case you can sign back up via the above link to rotate back into the next available spot.