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Student blog

August 27th, 2014

By WLC student Philip W.:


Greetings German students and German pioneers! I was able to spend this past summer, the summer of 2014, in Dresden, Germany. I had a multitude of wonderful experiences and I would like to share them with you.


Check out my blog at for a taste of Germany and an experience you can have as well!

Encampment on campus

April 14th, 2014

On the weekend of April 5-6, the Wisconsin Lutheran College East Lawn was taken over by a Revolutionary War Encampment coordinated by Rose G., a History major and German minor at WLC.


The camp officially opened at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and included demonstrations such as wool processing and spinning, French bayonet practice, and a French musket drill.


Participants were dressed in Revolutionary War attire and welcomed questions to any curious passersby. Rose even used her German to explain some of the demonstrations and practices to visiting German speakers.



Old Sturbridge Village

April 14th, 2014

Wisconsin Lutheran College History major and German minor Rose G. spent the summer before her senior year working at the living museum of Old Sturbridge Village (OSV)?in Massachusetts.


OSV re-creates rural New England life between 1790s-1830s for visitors from all over the world to see. In fact, Rose was able to use her knowledge of German to translate the unique trades?featured at OSV,?such as?textiles and?dye,?to German-speaking travelers.


Kirche und Essen

April 7th, 2013

On April 6, German students attended St. Michaelis for Sunday worship, a church that conducts its services entirely in German. Its service is held in the Wisconsin Lutheran College Chapel. The students sang the song “Von Guter Menschen” for the congregation.


After the service, the students attended a uniquely German luncheon with the members of St. Michaelis and were able to converse with them in German.

Milwaukee German Immersion School

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!

Student Story: Eileen

May 19th, 2010

My name is Eileen T. and I am a double major in wide-range education (birth to 21 years) and German.?During the 2010 spring semester, I was?blessed to work with several teachers at the Milwaukee German Immersion School as an independent study toward my education major.?I found through this experience that even after studying German for almost five years, it can sometimes be intimidating to step into a classroom where these children have been learning it at a much younger age and are already very fluent.?The most important things to remember are being confident in your skills and realizing that the teachers you are working with want to see you achieve and the students are excited for you just to spend time with them.

Eileen teaching at Milwaukee German Immersion School

Eileen teaching at Milwaukee German Immersion School


I worked most closely under Melissa Arndt (Elias), a 2005 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College and 3rd grade teacher at MGIS.?She was an exemplary model and I feel very fortunate to have been able to work with her.?She really engages the students and is very professional in how she carries out her classroom.?It’s wonderful to see the theories of our education classes in practice.?I also?worked in K4, K5, 1st, and 2nd grade classrooms and?had the pleasure of seeing some other very effective teachers in action as well.?It was very impressive to watch the language acquisition as the children grow up, and amazing to see that even though they just started the language, they cognitively spoke at the same level that they would be if they had been speaking it all their life.


It was a wonderful blessing to tie my passion for German with my love of teaching in such a unique way.?After college, I hope to be able to teach at the German Immersion School.?I know the Lord will be guiding my footsteps and no matter where I go, he will find a way for me to use my talents.?


Eileen is looking forward to a Study Abroad opportunity at the Goethe Institute in G?ttingen, Germany, where she will be taking a German culture and grammar class for eight weeks this summer.?She will be?writing a blog?while she is overseas.?She plans to graduate from WLC in December of 2011.?For more information about Milwaukee German Immersion School, visit its website.

Reading at German Immersion School

February 25th, 2010

A project in one of the German classes is to prepare a children’s book and then go to the German Immersion School in Milwaukee and read the book to third graders. The teacher, Frau Arndt, is an alum of Wisconsin Lutheran College who is also a previous student of Professor Krause.