Weekly Email for German 101-231 – 28. Januar 2020

Dear all,

On Wednesday, January 29, you can attend an information session in the German Department about the German major and minor, about classes, study-abroad opportunities, and careers that German majors and minors have taken.
 
This week is the last opportunity to see Stories of Refuge: An Installation by Tania El Khoury (9-5 p.m., Institute for the Humanities Gallery, 202 S Thayer Street, until January 31)
 
Each year, several students from our Department are accepted into the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program.  You can attend the kick-off session for 2021-2022 this Wednesday.
 
You may also consider studying abroad in Freiburg: the city is not only simply beautiful, but the program is also academically enriching and considerably cheaper for all out-of-state students. The application deadline for 2020/2021 is Saturday, February 1.  If you have any questions please ask Mary or Kalli in their office hours.
 
Two additional opportunities are the Michigan Library Scholars (a paid internship with a global and international focus from May – July 2020) and the Gutekunst Translation Prize for young translators.
 
Please remember that by Wednesday, January 29, you need to have indicated your DUO option.  You will otherwise not be able to access Email/Calendar/Google Drive, Canvas, and other critical systems. Here is the link to help you choose your DUO option.
 
All German majors who receive financial aid at the University of Michigan are strongly encouraged to apply for the Walter & Florence E. Aupperle Scholarship, which pays an additional $2,000 for each year that you are still enrolled here at Michigan. Here are some instructions on how to apply for the Aupperle Scholarship.

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

  • German Lab, Schokoladenstunde, Kaffeestunde, and Deutschtisch – Conversation Hours, German Lab
  • German Club Stammtisch – Wed 1/29, 7-8 pm, Michigan Union Tap Room – German Club
  • Study Abroad (Freiburg!), Internships, Scholarship Deadlines – Study Abroad/Internships/Scholarship Info AND Upcoming Deadlines and Events
  • Advising Hours – German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German
  • Conversation Partner Options – Miscellaneous
  • Queer Students Abroad Panel (Fri 1/31, 1-2:30 PM, Michigan Union, Room 2210 AB) – Upcoming Deadlines and Events (Includes Registration Link!)
  • International Center Global Engagement and Education Abroad email list – Miscellaneous
  • BBC German Slang Website – Miscellaneous
  • Hauptsatz: Praktische Sätze bei jetzt.de – Miscellaneous

Schokoladenstunde (with games!): Mondays 5:15-6:15 p.m. (with Silvia Grzeskowiak), and Wednesdays 11-12 (with Mary Gell) in the Language Resource Center in North Quad.

  • Schokoladenstunde will take place in the comfy seating area between the two computer classrooms in the Language Resource Center. There will be some German chocolate there :)  All students at all levels are welcome to come and chat and play games in German (e.g. Tabu etc.). Schokoladenstunde will be facilitated on Mondays by Silvia Grzeskowiak, and on Wednesdays by Mary Gell.
  • If you ask Silvia or Mary to email your instructor that you were there, you can use this to make up 2 “A&P points” in 101-232.

Max Kade Kaffeestunde (Thursdays 9-10 pm) & Deutschtisch (Sundays 6-7 pm)

  • Kaffeestunde at the Max Kade Haus takes place Thursdays 9-10 pm in the Said Lounge on the Residential Side of North Quad – but please check this page for occasional updates!
    • The Said Lounge is in the residential portion of North Quad, which is only open to residents ==> when you go, please email Reid (gordreid@umich.edu), so that someone can come to the front door and let you in. You can also just knock on the door of the residential portion and tell a residence staff member that you are there for the Max Kade House event, and you will be let in.
  • Deutschtisch in the North Quad dining hall: Sundays 6-7 pm.
    • You will need a meal plan or Entrée Plus to enter, or you can purchase a meal at the door (note that this is not cheap) – but you may also be allowed to come in just to talk and not eat, if you say at the door that you are there for the Max Kade event.
    • The group has yellow signs with “Max Kade Deutschtisch” to identify where they are sitting.
    • For questions, contact Reid (gordreid@umich.edu).
  • German students at all levels (101 and up) are welcome at all Max Kade events. You can make up “A&P Tally” points in 101-232 by attending Max Kade Deutschtisch or Kaffeestunde. Just ask Reid to email your instructor that you were there!

German Lab in Alcove B in the Language Resource Center in North Quad is open Mon-Thu 1-4 pm.

  • The German Lab is open Monday-Thursday 1-4 every week. It’s in Alcove B in the LRC (ground level of North Quad, Room 1500).
  • Go to the German Lab for any kind of help (except we can’t proofread your essays for you): if you need help with homework or a test review sheet (we can proofread your test essays for German 101-231), if you need grammar topics explained or reviewed or need more practice, if you just want to speak some German for fun and/or for your AMD etc. If you have time in the afternoons from 1-4, do your homework in the LRC! Then if you get stuck on something, you can just stop by the German Lab alcove so we can get you unstuck.
  • Click here for more info!

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!

RC Coffee Hour: Mondays 4-5, Greene Lounge, East Quad

  • All are welcome to come to this German conversation hour!
  • 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.

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 apkindland@yahoo.de 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 – “Stammtisch (Wednesday, January 29, 7-8 p.m., Michigan Union Tap Room)
 
Check out the German Club Website!
 
Questions/Comments: email Paul (pauljc@umich.edu) or Drue (druefro@umich.edu)

Email germaneboard@umich.edu to get put on the email list, or “like” the club on Facebook at facebook.com/germanclubumich 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; mkrasan@umich.edu):
    • Her office hours are:
      TTH 11-12:30, 1:30-4 p.m.
      and by appointment
  • Karl-Georg Federhofer (MLB 3422; kallimz@umich.edu):
    • His office hours this week are:
      Monday, January 27: 9:30-11:30, 1:30-2:30 p.m.,
      Tuesday, January 28: 10-12:30 p.m.,
      Wednesday, January 29: 9:30-11:30, 2-4:30 p.m.,
      Thursday, January 30: 10-12:30 p.m.,
      Friday, January 31: 9:30-11:30, 1:30-4:30 p.m.,
      and by appointment
  • To reach either advisor: germanadvising@umich.edu
  • You can also schedule appointments with Mary & Kalli by clicking here
  • …and you can contact Kalli via text message (734-277-7341) or via Facebook (Kalli Federhofer)

German Peer Advisors/Mentors

If you would like to get in touch with a peer mentor in our Department, please write to: germanmentors@umich.edu. 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

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: https://www.facebook.com/umichGerman/

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.

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!

BBC German Slang Website

  • Click here to visit the BBC German Slang Website
  • Very user-friendly. Organized by topic. For each topic, you see and hear a series of expressions, including brief explanatory notes on their meaning and use. Unfortunately, the site is a few years old and no longer being updated, so will not include the newest slang expressions. Here’s the list of topics:
  • Argument – Class – Drink – Family – Food – Friends – Going out – Health – Interjections – Money – Moods – Music – Play up/Play down – Politics – Professions – Pulling [their term for flirting]

Hauptsatz: Praktische Sätze bei jetzt.de

  • This is a collection of interesting sentences one frequently hears in daily life, with short articles about each of them. The last new sentence was added in 2012, but many of these are still of interest.
  • Click here to visit the Hauptsatz site