Outreach Strategies and Innovative Teaching Approaches for German Programs explores recruitment, curricular design and student retention in modern language instruction by sharing best practices and a wide variety of pragmatic initiatives from teacher-scholars who have been involved in the successful building of German programs.
With German programs facing dwindling grant monies as students across the country shift from the liberal arts into career-oriented fields, it is paramount to promote German programs vigorously, to offer courses that reflect and compel students’ interest, to keep students engaged in extracurricular activities and to establish a community of like-minded language learners.
The combination of curriculum-based strategies coupled with innovative projects, and extracurricular and outreach activities is intended to serve as a guideline for teachers and scholars alike who are in need of best practices they can use to boost enrollment and attract and retain more students.
Table of Contents
Introduction: When Global Citizenry Does Not Include Language Learning: The Challenges of Foreign Languages Departments in the 21st Century
Melissa Etzler and Gabriele Maier
1. Reinvigorating a Small Undergraduate German Program through an Integrated, Literacies-Based Curriculum
2. Bringing Global and Local Together: Program Building through ACTFL’s "Community C"
3. Learning German in and for the 21st Century
Birgit A. Jensen, Susanne Lenné Jones, David L. Smith and Jill E. Twark
4. Diversity Programming, Student Outreach and the Politics of Visible Inclusivity for Small German Programs
5. Southern Illinois University Carbondale: One Public University’s Experience with International Studies in the Midwest
Mary A. Bricker
6. Designing a Language Lab that Encompasses Cultural and Interdisciplinary Experiences
7. The Courage to Construct and Experiment: Initiatives in Updating the German Minor Program at Concordia University
Stefan Bronner and Regina Range
8. Strategies for Teaching 18th-Century German Texts in the Context of Program Building
Jeffrey L. High, Elena Pnevmonidou and Friederike von Schwerin-High
9. Technology-Enhanced Learning Approaches to Curriculum Development: Architecture Meets the Humanities
10. Freundschaft, Motivationstraining und Märchen: Learning by Living Life in the GDR
11. Branching Out with STEM in the German Classroom
Melissa Etzler and Michelle Stigter-Hayden
12. The Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik: A Model and Asset to Small German Programs
Conclusion: The Future is Now: Saving German Studies in a Brave New World
Mirko H. Hall