Dear all,
 
Barring unforeseen circumstances, this is the last weekly email I will send to the German 101-232 class email lists from this Winter semester. I will send emails to the Spring/Summer German 100-232 classes roughly once a week 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.
 
  • German Lab, Schokoladenstunde/German Convo, Max Kade Kaffeestunde & Deutschtisch, and German Club events will resume in the Fall.
  • There will hopefully be "Deutschtische" twice a week from about 12:15-12:55, associated with German 100 in the Spring, and with German 230 in the Summer half term. If these take place, all German students are welcome to attend. More info will be in my weekly emails over the summer.
  • If you are looking for German films/series to watch over the summer, many suggestions are near the end of this email.

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!

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

Returning German majors/minors can apply to become a German Peer Mentor. The application deadline is Friday, April 29.

Reminders from prior emails:

Here is the list of German dept. classes offered in Spring, Summer and Fall 2022. 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. We also strongly encourage you to contact one of the German Peer Mentors, who are undergraduates and who have taken/are taking our German courses. See the “German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German” section below for contact info.
 
Please consider enrolling in a German course in Spring and/or Summer - and please tell your friends! The Spring/Summer classes typically have smaller numbers of students, and the intensive format makes for more efficient learning. If you are currently in German 102, you could complete the language requirement sequence by taking German 231 in the Spring and German 232 in the Summer - or you could take the super-intensive 8-credit German 230 course in the Summer half-term, which covers German 231 and 232 in one course. If you have a friend who's interested in German, they could complete the language requirement and be ready for 300-level courses in the Fall by taking German 100 in the Spring (equivalent to 101 + 102), and then German 230 in the Summer. This clickable pdf shows all available German courses for this Spring/Summer. In the Spring term, we also offer a 3-credit course in English, German 386- Fairy Tales.

Advisor office hours and contact info: You can reach the German advisors through a general email: germanadvising@umich.edu. We have two advisors. They are available for advising hours throughout the semester:

A link to their current office hours will always be included in the full text of these weekly emails, which you can find online:  scroll down to the section “German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German.” You can schedule appointments with Mary and Kalli here.
 
Other highlights from this week's email, and what section to check for more details:
  • Conversation Opportunities - German Convo on the Go, Schokoladenstunde, and the Max Kade events will resume in the Fall. More info in my summer emails re: Deutschtische in Spring/Summer.
  • Study Abroad, Internships, Scholarship Deadlines
  • Advising Info - German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German
  • Conversation Partner Options - Miscellaneous
  • International Center Global Engagement and Education Abroad email list - Miscellaneous
  • Finding German Films and Series Online - Miscellaneous
  • Chrome Extension for Dual-Language Subtitles - Miscellaneous
German Peer Mentorship Positions (Friday, April 29; Application Deadline)
 
 
 
LSA Internship Scholarship (Friday, May 6; Application Deadline)

"German Convo on the Go," "Schokoladenstunde," and the Max Kade Kaffeestunde & Deutschtisch will resume in the Fall. There will hopefully be "Deutschtische" associated with the intensive German 100 and 230 courses in Spring/Summer, which all German students are welcome to attend. See the beginning of this email for more info!

LRC Conversation Partner Site Check out this site to find a conversation partner, and/or register so others can find you on the site. 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!

German Lab will resume in the Fall.

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 Mechthild Heerde-Olind at heerdeolind@yahoo.com for the current location and for more information.
  • 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!
 
The German Club works to connect students of all levels with a passion for German language and culture to opportunities for language practice, cultural events, and networking. You are encouraged to come to as many or few events as you would like!

Email germaneboard@umich.edu to get put on the email list, or "like" the club on Facebook at facebook.com/germanclubumich for updates!

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.

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!

Finding German Films and Series

Chrome Extension for Dual-Language Subtitles

A German 101 student found a Google Chrome extension that allows for subtitles in two languages, and found this very helpful for watching e.g. "Dark" in German for his AMDs. If you find the dual language subtitles in the "Easy German" videos helpful, then this may be worth checking out. The extension is called Language Reactor.