Weekly Email for German 101-231 – 9. März 2020

Dear all,
 
Coronavirus: Classes are continuing as usual. Here is the page with UofM Coronavirus updates and info. Please let your instructor know if you have any questions, and especially if you need to self-isolate and cannot come to class, so the two of you can make a plan for how you can stay caught up. In addition to the important and well-publicized advice about frequent hand-washing, not touching your face etc., please think about what you can do for your immune system (sleeping enough, eating well, exercising, etc.). Specifically, in our context, please ask your instructor for an extension rather than staying up late and forgoing sleep in order to complete an assignment. In most (all?) cases, they will be able to say yes if you explain this context!
 
The Course Guide for Fall 2020 courses is online.  Here is the list of German dept. classes offered in Spring/Summer/Fall 2020. Please note that even if you already know your plans for German language classes, the list also includes a wide variety of interesting courses in English. If you have questions please contact our advisors, Mary and Kalli, or talk with a peer advisor. See the “German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German” section below for contact info.
 
On Friday/Saturday, March 13/14, you can see films screened for the annual Ann ArBerlinale film festival, the Ann Arbor counterpart of the Berlinale film festival in Berlin.  This year’s topic is “Women in the Metropolis.”  Here is the Ann ArBerlinale film schedule. Victoria is a memorable single-take film from 2015, set in Berlin, whose dialogue mixes English and German.
 
If you like to practice your German conversation skills, you may want to attend “Schokoladenstunde” or the two events (“Kaffeestunde” and “Deutschtisch“) in the Max Kade House.
 
Everyone who will take language courses at a Goethe Institut this spring/summer is invited to attend a mass meeting on Sunday, March 22, 5 p.m.
 
Final reminder: the Aupperle scolarship deadline is 3 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday 3/10): 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: Trivia Night (Wednesday, March 11, 9 p.m.; Buffalo Wild Wings, State Street) – German Club
  • Study Abroad, 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
  • International Center Global Engagement and Education Abroad email list – Miscellaneous
  • 2013 BBC Documentary: Make Me a German – Miscellaneous
  • BBC Podcasts on German history – 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: Trivia Night (Wednesday, March 11, 9 p.m.; Buffalo Wild Wings, State Street)
 
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:
      Tuesday, March 10: 12-12:30, 1:30-4 p.m.,
      Thursday, March 12: 1:30-3 p.m.,
      and by appointment
  • Karl-Georg Federhofer (MLB 3422; kallimz@umich.edu):
    • His office hours this week are:
      Monday, March 9: 9:30-11:30, 1:30-4:30 p.m.,
      Tuesday, March 10: 10-12:30 p.m.,
      Wednesday, March 11: 9:30-11:30, 1:30-4:30 p.m.,
      Thursday, March 12: 10-12:30, 2:30-4:30 p.m.,
      Friday, March 13: 9:30-11:30, 3-4:30 p.m.,
      and by appointment.
      Additional note from Kalli: As some of you may be commuting to campus or don’t have time to meet during office hours, please contact me (kallimz@umich.edu) if you would like to have an advising session via Google Meet.  I am available during the evenings, including weekends, but you need to let me know (via email) at least 48 hours in advance so that we set up an appointment and be clear about regular standards (no public places, no driving, etc.).
  • 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!

2013 BBC Documentary: Make Me a German

The BBC documentary “Make Me a German” follows a BBC reporter and his wife going to Germany for a month and trying to become “average Germans” according to the statistics determined by a marketing research company. There used to be lots of angry comments in the comments section on YouTube about the video being misleading in various ways – but if one does not hold the video responsible for the impossible task of telling “the truth” about Germany, then it’s an interesting and entertaining hour that provides lots to think about. [The soccer game in which Bayern München beat the Hamburger SV by the memorable score of 9-2 took place in March 2013.]

BBC Podcasts on German history

These BBC Podcasts on German history from 2014 cover a wide variety of topics related to German history, ranging from Charlemagne to sausage and beer…