GERMAN IN NORTH CAROLINA

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SUSTAINING AND STRENGTHENING
GERMAN
IN
NORTH CAROLINA

NC
-
AATG | 8
September 2012

Don’t
Let a Crisis Go to Waste: Problems and
Opportunities for German in NC

Stephen Van
Orden


Timpview

High
School


EdD

in Curriculum and
Instruction


MA in
German
Literature


Utah
German Task
Force


ACTFL
national teacher of the year
finalist ;
SWCOLT
teacher of the
year


Unterrichtspraxis
, conferences

intended outcome of meeting


define the challenge or “crisis”


consider possible action steps

problems/challenges


budget limits, coupled with weak demand/enrollment


perceived relevance among students, parents,
administrators, public


balance interest/fun vs. academic rigor


students and parents want a quick return on investment


perception that German is not for minorities


mismatch between student motivations and our message
about German


virtual public school


vicious circle: closure/compression leads to lack of
opportunities for our students to continue

Context

Practice


Vision

Problems in Utah


Lost Several German Programs in the late 1990s and early 2000s due to
retirements and lack of enrollment.



No German major at several colleges/universities.



Difficulty in maintaining enrollments.



Loosely coupled professional German community.



Perceptions in the community that learning German is less valuable than learning
other languages.



Little or no articulation between K
-
12 and post
-
secondary programs.



German was not included in the dual immersion law
.

Utah German Task Force


Formed in 2010 to advocate for German programs on
all levels.



Monthly meetings on a Friday afternoon.



Representatives from colleges/universities, high schools,
and middle schools.



Identify priorities, make action plans, and make
assignments
.

Task Force Outcomes


Created a brochure.



Connected with business leaders.



Met with school principals and district administrators to save existing programs and
start new programs.



Correlated with World Language specialist from the Utah State Office of Education.



Lobbied State Superintendent to be included in dual immersion.



Planned university activities for high school students.



Gave presentations at annual UFLA conference on recruiting
.

Program Mentality


Examples from other disciplines.



Language proficiency is part of identity.



Most valuable contributors:


AG Deutsch


Delta Epsilon Phi


GAPP Exchange


University Events


Culture in Context


Recruiting


There is plurality of best practices.



Successful recruiting is grounded in quality instruction.



We want to build full scope and sequence programs.



Bridging the communication gap takes time.



A shot
-
gun approach is most effective.



We are ultimately responsible for our own programs
.

RizzutoVanOrdenUFLApresentation.wikispaces.com

Articulation


People don’t acquire language in a linear fashion.



Students can develop proficiency with varied content.



Students can learn at their own pace in an immersion environment.



Motivation and effort are the most important attributes.



Crossing the novice/intermediate gulf is the key.



Universities can employ a variety of strategies to keep German students in the fold.


Concurrent enrollment


Hybrid classes


Drop lower
-
division/upper
-
division mind set


Bridge
classes

Advocacy


Keep communication lines open.



Identify at
-
risk situations.



Identify potential opportunities.



Propose solutions
.

Der Panther

Sein Blick ist vom Vorübergehn der Stäbe

so müd geworden, daß er nichts mehr hält.

Ihm ist, als ob es tausend Stäbe gäbe

und hinter tausend Stäben keine Welt.


Der weiche Gang geschmeidig starker Schritte,

der sich im allerkleinsten Kreise dreht,

ist wie ein Tanz von Kraft um eine Mitte,

in der betäubt ein großer Wille steht.


Nur manchmal schiebt der Vorhang der Pupille

sich lautlos auf

. Dann geht ein Bild hinein,

geht durch der Glieder angespannte Stille


und hört im Herzen auf zu sein.


--

Rainer Maria Rilke

possible action steps for NC
-
AATG


HS
-
College
outreach… e.g. Skype,
visits, attend common events


HS
-
middle
school outreach


Outreach to
business… find out
which
businesses are in NC &
SC


brochure
for
a wide
audience


info sheet for
counselors


letter to 9th
graders


publicize opportunities
in Germany
for
HS/college admin
.


video,
Keynote, PowerPoint (out of the
box)


YouTube
or link to
Facebook


Awards committee


Always
do press release, make
club/program news public


Interdisciplinary
outreach… e.g. digital
media, history, business


STEM
unit

advocacy

curriculum/articulation


Centralize students'
destination

in your lesson
plan, whatever that
destination may
be...study
abroad, job, GAPP, grad
school


from “I
am
flute” to “I
am
German
flute”… DACH
as
part of
students’ identity


Exploit and tout our flexibility
in the
classroom


Dorfuchs


Specific
NC
-
AATG workshops
tailored to our specific
identified problems


communicate
!


Facebook
page


use website to distribute
info &
ideas… e.g.
calendar on
website


better
utilize national
AATG site


Collect census data about
university students
-
>
"alumni network", share
info with HS teachers


reorganize
our
meetings

pedagogy

other

other promotion & advocacy ideas


catalog what we already do: GAPP,
Schultüten

Projekt
,
Oktoberfest/
Weihnachtsmarkt

with Raleigh Sister Cities


advocacy within the walls


form awards committee


advocacy
coordinator


promote events, e.g.
Deutsches

Wochenende
, German Day


love
letters to
organizers’ administration


news media


coordinate contact with school boards, legislators, trustees,
whoever makes decisions & controls funding


informing the greater
community, e.g. brochure

Tasks for our
next chapter meeting


and
in
between

Looking
Ahead

our next steps


long
term
effort… return to these topics


specific vision


concrete action steps