December 5th, 2012
On December 3, German students from varying levels went on the annual trip to Christkindlmarkt and the Goethe Institut in Chicago. The group drove down to Waukegan, Illinois, where they boarded the train to the heart of downtown Chicago.
The first stop was Christkindlmarkt in Daley Plaza. Students explored the various shops with unique German trinkets and sampled the delicious German treats.
Next the students attended a class at the Goethe Institut. The instructors at the Goethe Institut taught them various intriguing facts about the country of Germany.
The last stop on the trip was Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue. Here students saw the world-famous Bean sculpture. Overall, the trip gave students an insight into some of the German culture and traditions.
November 12th, 2012
As another activity for the German Club, German students went out to eat at Kegel’s Inn, one of Milwaukee’s German restaurants.
At Kegel’s Inn, students were able to enjoy an authentic German cuisine, from “Kartoffelsuppe” and “Salat” for appetizers to “Wienerschnitzel” and “Goulash” for entrees.
Over dinner, the students conversed in German and learned lots of new words such as the German word for duck, which is “die Ente.” The meal was very delicious and the experience was uniquely German.
December 7th, 2011
In early December, six Wisconsin Lutheran College German students went on a field trip to Chicago with Prof. Krause. They rode the train from from Waukegan to downtown Chicago.
Their first adventure was visiting the Goethe Institute. There, the German scholars took a class on German entertainment.
Afterward they headed to Millennium Park to see the world-famous sculptures.
Finally, the trip was completed with a visit to Christkindlmarkt, where small shops are set up to display and sell everything German, from Cuckoo clocks to chocolate.
December 2nd, 2011
Wisconsin Lutheran College’s German 201 students enjoyed making (and eating!) German food at Frau Krause’s house.
September 29th, 2011
In July, Wisconsin Lutheran College’s German students got to experience German culture first-hand at Milwaukee’s very own Germanfest. Some of them even dressed up in traditional German outfits. Of course, they didn’t seem out of place amongst the Kaisers and Princes of Germanfest. Lots of fun was had participating in all the German activities and even just observing the cultural traditions.
April 11th, 2011
This past weekend the German 102 students had a culture night at Frau Krause’s house outside of Milwaukee. Everyone was invited for popular German evening activities: games, movies, food, and a “Nachtwanderung” – a nighttime hike through the woods.
Students enjoyed the spring weather by playing some intense rounds of ladder ball outside while it was still light out. Afterward they came in to make spaetzle and watch Goodbye, Lenin, which is an interesting and entertaining film about German life after the fall of the Berlin Wall. They also played a party board game that Frau Krause had from her own childhood.
After eating, Frau Krause led everyone outside and they had quite an adventure in the woods. For many of the students, this was a new experience to go out in the woods at nighttime, and there was undoubtedly some angst… luckily, Frau Krause’s little dog was nearby!
In Germany, Nachwanderungen are a common pastime for many young people, and being outside of Milwaukee allowed the students to experience the popular activity the way a German would – in nature.
After a fun evening, the students headed back to campus, but they are sure to remember the party for a long time.
March 8th, 2011
As you may know from other blog entries, Wisconsin Lutheran College has a great relationship with the Milwaukee German Immersion School.
Every year the GER 202 students visit Frau Arndt (a 2005 WLC graduate, pictured below, center) and her third grade classroom. Despite having her first baby on the way very soon, Frau Arndt welcomed in the GER 202 students, who each came to read a German children’s book to the class.
The kids had a great time with the WLC students, who led a short discussion on the reading afterward. Of course, the third graders had a lot to share about their impressions of the book as well!
It’s a unique experience for the GER 202 students to get a taste of a German immersion program outside of WLC. It’s fascinating to see children so young speaking German fluently and spontaneously. We had a great time, and we look forward to visiting with Milwaukee German Immersion School students again!
February 14th, 2011
Please enjoy this guest post by Wisconsin Lutheran College student Eileen T.
Christmas is a special time of year for many cultures, but many American Christmas traditions actually have their roots in Germany. Christmas trees, glass ornaments, and even St. Nick all point back to German tradition. Christmas time is a great opportunity to connect German students with the culture they are learning about. Since they grew up with many German traditions, it is an easy transition to take German culture and apply it to their own lives.
German 101 students celebrate with traditional German Christmas foods and decorations.
During the weeks prior to Christmas, WLC’s German students practiced singing traditional German Christmas songs, enjoyed some German sweets and Frau Krause’s baking at a Christmas celebration, and were also able to take a day trip to Chicago’s annual Christkindlmarkt.
Christkindlmarkt is held daily from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve at Daley Plaza in Chicago. Vendors serve up many traditional dishes as well as sell a wide variety of Christmas-themed wares that make unique Christmas presents. WLC’s German classes have gone many of the last several years, and it’s always a great way to take a break from preparing for finals and have the opportunity to practice speaking German with peers of all levels.
This year we were also joined by Wisconsin Lutheran High School’s German students. Everyone drove to Waukegan in school vans and from there we took the Metra straight into Chicago. The station where we get off is not too many blocks from the market which makes it much easier, especially since winter is not the most pleasant time to be in the “Windy City.”
Everyone looks over the directions and informational sheets about the day's sights while riding into Chicago on the Metra.
Since Christkindlmarkt is largely outdoors, stopping in at one of the warming tents after several hours of walking in the cold is nearly inevitable. Here you can witness many non-Germans experiencing the well-known sense of “Gemütlichkeit,” which is hard to translate into English, but is a general feeling of both coziness and sociability with those around you that is often found in Germany. People, who may not have ever met, share a table and are able to talk, laugh, and share a warm drink without the discomfort many Americans would normally feel in a similar situation. Other than time at Christkindlmarkt, the students walked together to visit Millennium Park and were able to discuss amazing art and architecture auf Deutsch.
When asked about how he felt about Christkindlmarkt, WLC freshman Jacob K. quickly responded, “Christkindlmarkt was better than Christmas and Tag der Deutschen Einheit put together!”
WLC and Wisconsin Lutheran High School German students gather for one last photo at Christkindlmarkt before heading home.
December 9th, 2009
During the last two years we (students from the German department) visited the Christkindlmarkt in Chicago at the beginning of December. Before we got to eat German “Stollen” and drink “Gluehwein” (without the alcohol), we visited the Goethe Institute. There we were introduced to the work of the Goethe Institute, watched a movie about the coming down of the wall and had fun learning more historical facts in an interactive task.