Thanks to the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) for posting this information.
The social media campaign Youth HotSpots in Germany – Share the Moment” was launched in Berlin earlier this year and will continue until March 2014.
An app to download and then post your HotSpots and share them with others – “must see places, nightlife, shopping, bars & cafes, and festivals & events” are the categories that the map will show.
Critical Thinking Map scooped by http://www.scoop.it/u/susan-bainbridge
Request for Participants in Survey on Kanji Teaching and Learning. Mr. Simon Paxton, a PhD candidate at Macquarie University in Australia, is seeking participants for a survey on kanji teaching and learning beliefs. He would like to hear from university-level instructors who would be willing to participate. If you are interested, please contact him at Email: email@example.com
Richard Byrne reviewed an iPad app that let’s users create picture stories. You might like to use this app with your students. Follow the link to Richard Byrne’s demonstration and description. PixnTell – An App for Creating Simple Picture Stories.
The U.S. Department of Education has established its first-ever, fully articulated international strategy. The strategy is designed to strengthen U.S. education and advance the international priorities of the U.S. The strategy reflects the value and necessity of: a world-class education for all students; global competencies for all students; international benchmarking and applying lessons learned from other countries; and education diplomacy and engagement with other countries.
The strategy was developed through extensive consultation within the Department of Education and with other U.S. government agencies and non-governmental organizations.
A PDF of the document can be downloaded at http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/internationaled/international-strategy-2012-16.html
Last year, the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association (MLA) issued a statement on language learning and national policy.
“The MLA regards the learning of languages other than English as vital to an understanding of the world; such learning serves as a portal to the literatures, cultures, historical perspectives, and human experiences that constitute the human record. Pragmatically, we believe in the value of becoming part of a global conversation in which knowledge of English is often not enough, and the security and future of our country depend on accurately understanding other cultures through their linguistic and cultural practices.
“We believe this view should be uncontroversial; anyone interested in the long-term vitality and security of the United States should recognize that it will be detrimental for Americans to remain overwhelmingly monolingual and ill informed about other parts of this increasingly interdependent world. We are therefore deeply alarmed by the drastic and disproportionate budget cuts in recent years to programs that fund advanced language study. We believe that advanced language study is important for the same reasons many policy makers, advisers, and elected officials do: Americans need to be literate about the languages and cultures of the United States’ major trading partners, and Americans need to be literate in the so-called strategic languages important to national security. But we note that national policy can be and has been considered in more expansive terms: the Fulbright International Education Exchange Program was created in 1946 explicitly to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” and since then 310,000 Fulbright scholars have served as unofficial American ambassadors, practicing person-to-person diplomacy around the globe.
“We also believe that language learning should be supported for additional reasons: because there is a wealth of heritage languages spoken in American families and communities, because one learns more about one’s native language in the course of learning a foreign language, and because recent research suggests that language learning enhances critical brain functions throughout an individual’s life. For all these reasons, the MLA views the study of languages and literatures as central to American education at every level. ”
The Modern Language Association encourages all colleagues to share this statement widely. The website of the organization can be found at www.mla.org
The new Journal of Immersion and Content-based Language Education (JICB) (Publisher: John Benjamins; Editors: Siv Björklund, University of Vaasa and Diane J. Tedick, University of Minnesota) will appear with its first issue in 2013. JICB will focus on research on language immersion and other types of content-based language education programs that are subject matter-driven and subject matter-accountable. The journal will provide a forum for research on well-established immersion and content-based programs as well as research on new initiatives within the broad field of content-based language education. Both program-specific and program-contrastive articles are invited. The website for JICB can be found at http://benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/jicb/main.
The first issue is in production and expected to be released in March 2013.
The American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) (http://www.aatg.org) created a new site that makes language learning advocacy materials available online. The toolkit provides teachers, administrators, parents, and counselors with quick, accessible, relevant and up-to-date information about German language learning in the United States. Anyone familiar with the print materials will welcome the online version of this rich resource. This project is a collaboration between the Goethe Institute New York and AATG. Access the site at http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/lp/prj/tlk/enindex.htm
AATG is pleased to announce the designation of seven new German Centers of Excellence. Programs receiving this award are Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School in Colorado Springs, CO; Gunn High School in Palo Alto, CA; Hempfield School District in Landisville, PA; Lee’s Summit R-7 School District German Department in Lee’s Summit, MO; Upper Arlington City Schools German Program in Upper Arlington, OH; Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI; and Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.
AATG’s German Centers of Excellence program identifies and honors excellence at all levels of instruction K-16. The designation is presented to well-established and growing German programs with innovative, student-centered, well-articulated curriculum supported by administrators, colleagues, alumni, parents, and students.
Learn more at http://www.aatg.org/content/aatg-designates-2013-centers-excellence
The Graduate School of the John F. Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies invites doctoral and postdoctoral applications for the academic year 2013/2014. The School’s program is interdisciplinary in its approach and focuses on the social, economic and cultural changes impacting the United States and Canada at the beginning of the 21st century. Special attention is given to the crisis-prone transformations running through American society today.
Applicants interested in pursuing a doctoral or postdoctoral research project with an emphasis in North American Studies must have a completed degree (Master or the equivalent/Doctorate) with above average marks in one of the following disciplines or closely related academic programs: American Cultural Studies, American Literature, History, Political Science,Sociology, Economics. Grants are awarded for a maximum of three years for doctoral candidates and for two years for postdoctoral reseachers. Continued funding past the first year is based upon a positive annual evaluation of progress.
For further information please visit http://www.gsnas.fu-berlin.de