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New German Club

October 3rd, 2012

This year is the inaugural year of the German Club. Though German students have always participated in activities together in the past, this is the first year there has been an official club. For the first event of the year, students participated in eine Schnitzeljagd, the German version of a scavenger hunt. Students had clues in German about famous places and landmarks on the WLC campus and did not get their next clue until they found the place on their original clue. The top three winners received prizes of delicious German snacks.

Chicago field trip

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.

Home cooking

December 2nd, 2011

Wisconsin Lutheran College’s German 201 students enjoyed making (and eating!) German food at Frau Krause’s house.



Visiting Germanfest

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.


Kochen

April 28th, 2011

German 202 students Karlene and Caroline caught a break from their classes and recently worked together to make a tasty German dish. They selected a few dishes in class from one of Professor Krause’s cookbooks.

 

Frau Krause picked up the ingredients and brought along the supplies, then they had class in one of the residence hall kitchens.

 
The students made Geschnetzeltes (left), spaetzle, and green beans, and for dessert they made mousse-au-chocolate. It was nice to take a break from normal classes and enjoy some new dishes together!

Caroline blends the ingredients.

Caroline and Karlene sit down and enjoy the delicious meal they have made.

Culture night

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.

Campus tour in German

April 7th, 2011


Last week, GER 102 students gave a tour – in German – of the Wisconsin Lutheran College campus to their classmates. Each student picked an area of the school that they wanted to talk about, they researched it for further information, and then as the students came to a different building or area, the expert shared their knowledge of that particular section of campus. The areas that were reported on included the Chapel, the Schwan Library, the Science Hall (below), the Center for Arts and Performance, and the REX (our Recreation Complex).

The students were allowed note cards, but their expertise really showed as they answered questions that the others had about each area. The students expanded their vocabulary through their need to explain what they found in their research and were able to connect an aspect of their life that they were familiar with to expressing what they knew in a foreign language ? and they had a great time doing it!

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!

Weihnachtszeit

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.

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.

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 “Gem?tlichkeit,” 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.

WLC and Wisconsin Lutheran High School German students gather for one last photo at Christkindlmarkt before heading home.

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

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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.

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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.?

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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.