Monthly Archives: January 2009

Keep German at Fulton Schools

Zahlreiche Deutschprogramme in Nordamerika sind in diesen schwierigen Zeiten gefährdet. Die Schließung von zwei German Departments auf Universitätsebene hat im letzten Jahr für (berechtigte) Aufregung gesorgt. Aber darüber sollten die Schulprogramme nicht vergessen werden, die genauso zu kämpfen haben. Ohne funktionierenden deutschen Sprachunterricht in den Schulen werden die Higher-Education-Institute auf die Dauer keine befriedigende Arbeit mit den Studenten leisten können: sie werden für anspruchsvolle Kurse auf Deutsch keine ausreichenden Einschreibezahlen mehr vorweisen können. Umgekehrt brauchen auch die Schulen Unterstützung von HigherEd. Darum haben wir “Collaboration with High Schools” auch zum Thema der ersten Ausgabe von “Neues Curriculum” gemacht.

Heute kommt eine Email von Staci Ferris-Letsos und Carmen Rehl-Ruggio herein, die über die drohende Schließung der Deutschprogramme im Schuldistrikt Fulton berichtet und um Hilfe bittet. Wer Staci und Carmen unterstützen möchte, kann unter http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/saveGermaninFulton eine Petition unterzeichnen.

soft morning, city!

This is a very unofficial Welcome: Today, we have a soft launch for our new journal “Neues Curriculum.” We will save the big Hellos for another day, for now our status is “public beta” (like Google Mail). Things should work, they are all tested, but there might be occasional glitches and certainly some room to improve. For instance, I had added some eye candy that was actually not orange, but incompatibilities with Internet Explorer made me turn back the wheel.

Hopefully, this site will start being useful to the academic community, especially the German Studies community, from day 1, even before the red ribbon is cut.

We would like to hear your comments and suggestions. You can drop us a line on-site, right below this blog entry; and of course, if you find a bug, please help us by reporting it to editors@neues-curriculum.org.

Between Quantity and Quality: High Schools and the Iowa State University German Program

By Kevin S. Amidon and Kris T. Vander Lugt

While anecdotal evidence has accumulated that high school German programs have suffered over the past twenty years and that this has had an impact on post-secondary German programs, little substantive qualitative or quantitative data supports these claims. The authors, who teach at Iowa State University, therefore designed and carried out a survey of their first-, second-, and third-year students to explore high school articulation with their program. Results suggest that strong high school German programs remain important as feeders for their program, but that it is possible to motivate students who have not had high school German to take on a major or minor in German. German is also primarily a secondary credential for their students, who generally have professional primary fields (especially Engineering and Business). Conclusions for recruitment, retention and outreach are further drawn.

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