Dear all,
Local German high schools will send hundreds of students to campus on Friday, March 10, to participate in German Day. Stacy Swennes is looking for volunteers to help administer this large outreach event where students compete in various categories. If you register as a volunteer by Monday, February 20, you will receive a limited-edition German Day 2023 t-shirt. Students in German 101-232 can make up 4 “A&P” Tally points by volunteering for 2 hours (or 2 points for 1 hour)!
A few spots are still available for Max Kade Residence (North Quad) in 2023-2024. Here is the application link. If you have any questions, please send them to
All German majors and minors in this group may be interested in applying for the Walter & Florence E. Aupperle Scholarship, which provides an annual scholarship of $5,000 for up to six of our students. In order to qualify, you need to demonstrate financial need. The application deadline is this Thursday, February 9, 3 p.m.
On Monday, February 13, 4:30 p.m., Professor Maria Coolican (School of Education) will lead an information session about certification programs at the University of Michigan that allow teaching a world language in K-12 schools.
Reminders from earlier emails:
Each week, all German students are invited to attend:
  • Kreativwerkstatt” with Iris and Laura on Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m., MLB 3308; Schokoladenstunde” with Silvia on Thursdays, 3-4 p.m., MLB 3110. Both events will take place at the same time and place each week.
  • The weekly German Club Stammtisch on Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Michigan League Basement.
  • …and these two weekly events hosted by the Max Kade German Residence: “Deutschtisch” (Wednesdays 6 p.m., North Quad Dining Hall) and “Kaffeestunde” (Fridays 3 p.m., Edward Said Lounge, 2450 North Quad).
  • You can earn 2 “A&P Tally” points by attending any of these events!
The “German Lab” is a virtual office hour taking place Monday-Thursday 1-4 pm. You can ask shorter and longer questions, come for conversation practice, help with homework etc. Here is more info about the German Lab – please take advantage of this great resource! Please sign up in advance on the German Lab Signup: instructors will check the signup at the beginning of their German Lab hour, and will leave the lab for that hour if no one has signed up.
Advisor office hours and contact info: You can reach the German advisors through a general email: 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 – Conversation Hours, German Lab
  • Study Abroad, Internships, Scholarship Deadlines – Study Abroad/Internships/Scholarship Info
  • 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 Conversation Opportunities –  Kreativwerkstatt (Tuesday, February 7; 2-3 p.m., MLB 3308 – German Department Conference Room) and Schokoladenstunde (Thursday, February 9; 3-4 p.m., MLB 3110)
Transcultural Studies – Information Session (Tuesday, February 7; 4-5 p.m., Remote)
All Quiet on the Western Front” – Director: Edward Berger, 2022 (Tuesday, February 7, 6:45 p.m.; and Thursday, February 9, 4 p.m., State Theatre)
Max Kade Events – Deutschtisch (Wednesday, February 8, 6 p.m., North Quad Dining Hall) and Kaffeestunde (Friday, February 10, 3 p.m., North Quad 2450- Edward Said Lounge)
German Club – Game Night (Wednesday, February 8; 7:30-8:30 p.m., Michigan League Underground)
Schriftlich – E-Board Membership (Thursday, February 9; Application Deadline)
Teacher Certification for World Languages at the University of Michigan School of Education – Information Session (Monday, February 13; 4:30 p.m., School of Education Building 2327, Brownlee Room)
2023 LSA Internship Fair (Tuesday, February 14; 3:30-7 p.m., Michigan Union, Pendleton Room)
Summer Grants for Research and Internships in Europe & Eurasia (Wednesday, February 15; Application Deadline)
German Day in March – Volunteers Needed (Monday, February 20; Application Deadline)
Fulbright U.S. Student Program – Informational Webinar (Tuesday, February 21; 12-1 p.m., Remote)

Two regular conversation hours, “Schokoladenstunde” (Thursdays 3-4 in 3110 MLB) and “Kreativwerkstatt” (Tuesdays 2-3, in 3308 MLB) will take place in person weekly. You can earn 2 “A&P Tally” points by attending.

  • Schokoladenstunde: the group will play games, chat, and enjoy some German chocolate.
  • Kreativwerkstatt: Want to improve your German? Love expressing yourself creatively, either digitally or with physical materials? Do you have a hobby like crafting, painting, drawing, journaling, photography and photo editing, knitting, sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery, creative writing, character creation, (video) game making? At our weekly German “Kreativwerkstatt,” we’ll combine speaking German (any level welcome, beginners included!!) and creatively expressing ourselves. You’re encouraged to bring your own materials or (ongoing) projects, but we will also provide some materials and prompts each week. During sessions, we’ll start with some inspiration in German, such as music, a poem, a meditation, or German art, and then we’ll chat while we work on our projects – individually or collaboratively in pairs/groups if you like. At the end of the semester, we’ll host a little art show showcasing examples of our work. Of course, you’ll receive 2 attendance credit points for coming to this extracurricular activity. We’re meeting Tuesdays from 2 pm to 3 pm in 3308 MLB [the third floor Conference Room].
  • All students at all levels are welcome to come to both events.
In addition, all students are welcome to participate in the Max Kade German Residence’s weekly “Deutschtisch” (Wednesdays 6-7 p.m. in the North Quad Dining Hall) and “Kaffeestunde” (Fridays 3-4 p.m. in the Edward Said Lounge, 2450 North Quad). You can earn 2 “A&P Tally” points by attending Max Kade events!
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!
The “German Lab” is a virtual office hour taking place Monday-Thursday 1-4 pm. You can ask shorter and longer questions, come for conversation practice, help with homework etc. Here is more info about the German Lab – please take advantage of this great resource! Please sign up in advance on the German Lab Signup: instructors will check the signup at the beginning of their German Lab hour, and will leave the lab for that hour if no one has signed up.
A2 Stammtisch
  • Meets every other Thursday at 8:00 pm at Grizzly Peak, 120 West Washington St. Pre-registration is requested: Contact Mechthild Heerde-Olind at heerdeolind “at” to be added to the email list. You can also check the event listings in the Ann Arbor Observer for info on meeting times and locations. [last verified: 1/23/2023]
  • 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.
Check the “Upcoming Deadlines and Events” section to see upcoming German Club events. You can earn 2 “A&P Tally” make-up points by attending any of these events!
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 to get put on the email list, or “like” the club on Facebook at 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: 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 is a German Department facebook group, and a German Department facebook page:

  • “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 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.

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 has found a Google Chrome extension that allows for subtitles in two languages, and has found this very helpful for watching e.g. “Dark” in German for his AMDs. I have not had time to try this, but 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.