Monday, April 30, 2012

Technology: Microsoft's Bing Translate receives updates

Microsoft has updated its Bing Translator for Windows Phone with several offline features. Two of the most interesting features of the app are that it now allows users to point their cameras at what would for them be otherwise unintelligible text and then view a proper translation that is seen as an overlay on the photograph. In addition, Bing Translate allows users to speak words and phrases into their phone, which are then audibly transcribed into a foreign language of choice. You can read more about Bing Translate and see some videos of its features in action via the article linked below:

Bing Tranlsate updated

Jobs: Positions at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois

Assistant Professor of German (tenure-track), Knox College, Galesburg, IL
To begin fall, 2012.  Ph.D. required.  We invite applications from generalists with interests and experience in teaching language, literature, and culture at all undergraduate levels and whose specialty areas may also contribute to other programs of the College (e.g., gender and women's studies, film studies, religious studies, etc.).  The normal teaching load is two courses per quarter.  Information on the College can be found at  Please send letter of application, CV, graduate transcript, 3 letters of recommendation to: Gina Zindt, German Search Committee, Knox College, K-200, Galesburg, IL 61401. Review of applications will begin on May 3 and continue until the position is filled.  See our other announcement for visiting (German) position (2012-13).   Please indicate in cover letter the position for which you are applying. Applicants may apply for both positions. In keeping with its 175-year history, Knox College particularly welcomes applications from women and members of other underrepresented groups. Knox College is an AA/EEO institution.
Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor of German 2012-13Knox College, Galesburg, IL
To begin fall, 2012.  Ph.D. preferred, but ABDs will be considered. We invite applications from generalists with interests and experience in teaching language, literature, and culture at all undergraduate levels and whose specialty areas may also contribute to other programs of the College (e.g., gender and women's studies, film studies, religious studies, etc.).  The normal teaching load is two courses per quarter.  Information on the College can be found  Please send letter of application, CV, graduate transcript, 3 letters of recommendation to: Gina Zindt, German Search Committee, Knox College, K-200, Galesburg, IL 61401. Review of applications will begin on May 3 and continue until the position is filled. See our other announcement for assistant professor (German) position.   Please indicate in cover letter the position for which you are applying.  Applicants may apply for both positions. In keeping with its 175-year history, Knox College particularly welcomes applications from women and members of other underrepresented groups. Knox College is an AA/EEO institution.

Jobs: Part-time high school position in Utah

Part-time opening at Merit College Preparatory Academy in Springville, UT. Our current teacher is leaving and we'd like to replace her with an enthusiastic German teacher to continue the program. The kids studying German here are very bright and enthusiastic. The following classes are a possibility: German I; German II; German III. We usually have at least one German exchange student, who assists the classes and can help teach about cultural aspects. Qualifications include a teaching certificate and at least a B.A. in German. Please direct questions and send resumes to

Jobs: German instructor position at Oregon State University

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Oregon State
University in the proposed School of Language, Culture, and Society invites
applications for one or more full/part-time, German Instructor positions for
the 2012-2013 academic year. These appointments are fixed-term, non-tenure
track, with the possibility of renewal beyond the first year at the
discretion of the Transitional Director.

The primary mission of the OSU Department of Foreign Languages and
Literatures is undergraduate education. The department offers BA and MAIS
degrees, with majors and minors in Spanish, French and German, and minors in
Japanese, Russian and Chinese. Courses are also offered in Arabic and
Italian. The department has a graduate program leading to an MA in
Contemporary Hispanic Studies. The department has approximately 180
undergraduate majors. The faculty includes 30 members, with areas of
specialization in languages, cultures and literatures.

The School of Language, Culture, and Society is Anthropology, Ethnic
Studies, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Women Studies. The School
has a central focus on global justice with emphases in social and
environment justice, food insecurity, and Latino/a studies.

MA or MAT in German or closely related field required.

Apply online at, posting number 0008777.

News: NuevOn Youtube channel launches

Chris here again with your language news. This one is for Spanish teachers. The YouTube channel NuevOn has now launched and features a good variety of original programming. You can read more about NuevOn via the article linked below:

NeuvOn launches

News: Expanding exports requires language skills for U.S. companies

U.S. firms are looking overseas to grow their businesses with exports. Companies in the Twin Cities metropolitan area in Minnesota, for example, aim to double exports over the next five years. In order to accomplish that, companies seek to hire more workers who speak the languages of growing markets, such as China and Brazil. Recruiting is difficult as employers seek workers with both language abilities and the specialized skills or knowledge needed for their industries. You can read more via the article linked below:

News: Luxury retailers add Mandarin phrasebooks to help sales

In 2011, a record 1.1 million Chinese visitors came to the U.S., and are increasingly coming here to shop for expensive products. Their home country puts a sizable tax on luxury goods, making the products significantly cheaper in U.S stores. The trend has prompted companies, such as Tiffany and Burberry, to employ Mandarin speakers on their sales staffs. Retailer Montblanc is now creating brochures in Chinese as well. You can read more about this trend via the article linked below:

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jobs: Middle level German positions, Omaha, NE

There are currently two middle level German positions (grades 6-8) open in
the Millard Public Schools, a suburban school district in Omaha, Nebraska.
Our district has strong German programs, and we want to continue the
tradition! We are looking for the most energetic and enthusiastic teachers
to introduce our youngsters to German. See the district's website for more

Jobs: German positions, Lake Park HS, Roselle, IL

There is a German/French (4/5) or German/Spanish (full time) or just German (2/5) position available at Lake Park High School for the 2012-2013 school year. 

Foreign Language (Spanish/German/French) - Temporary - 1 Year Only
JobID: 146
Date Available: 08/09/2012

This is a temporary (0.8 FTE), one year only position in Foreign Language for the 2012-2013 school year. 

A Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university. 
Proper certification is required. 
Experience in teaching Spanish/German or German/French required. 
Experience with high school teaching preferred. 
Knowledge of and experience with PC Computer Systems.

Application Procedure:
Please complete an online application and submit the following items: 1) a letter of interest; and 2) three letters of recommendation to: Michael S. Wojtowicz, 
Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services.

Foreign Language (Spanish/German/French) - Temporary - 1st Semester Only 
JobID: 154 

Closing Date: When filled.
Date Available: 08/09/2012

This is a temporary (1.0 FTE), first semester only Foreign Language position for the 2012-2013 school year.

Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university. 
Proper certifications is required. 
Experience in teaching Spanish/German or German/French. 
Teaching experience preferred. 
Knowledge of and experience in PC Computer Systems.

Application Procedure: 
Please complete an online application and submit the following items: 1) a letter of interest and, 2) 3 recent letters of recommendation to: Michael S. Wojtowicz, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services.

For more information and to apply, please visit: 

Jobs: German paraprofessional position, Twin Cities Immersion School, St. Paul, MN

Twin Cities German Immersion School
2012-2013 School Year
Location: St. Paul, MN
FTE: Full-time
Positions: General Education Paraprofessional
Salary: $13.00 an hour
Posting Date: April 24, 2012
Closing Date: Open until filled

Position Description:
The Twin Cities German Immersion School is accepting applications for qualified Special Education paraprofessionals. As an immersion school, instructional content is delivered in German so candidates should be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking. Additional information about the school can be found at

We're looking for passionate, dedicated and resourceful candidates who are supportive of the charter school concept; are willing to work in a team environment with special and general education staff; committed to delivering high quality curriculum using best practices; and able to connect and build positive relationships with students and staff members.

Qualifications: Meets Minnesota Department of Education criteria*; fluent in German; and experience in an educational setting. The qualified candidate will have a flexible approach, able to follow the directions of the classroom teacher and special education teacher.

To apply submit a letter of introduction, resume, transcripts, copy of teaching license if applicable and two letters of reference to; Twin Cities German Immersion School, 1745 University Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104 Phone:             651-492-7106      .

This is a general advertisement for the 2012-2013 school year. You will be contacted if selected for an interview.

*One of the following five requirements must be met under No Child Left Behind: 1) AA, AS, AAS (or higher degree, 2) 60 postsecondary academic credits, 3) a passing score on the ParaPro test, 4) demonstrating paraprofessional core competencies by local district validation of a portfolio, or 5) demonstration of skill using Para eLink.

Jobs: Full-time position, St. Mary's Springs Academy HS, Fond du Lac, WI

SMSA is a Catholic academy in Fond du Lac, WI (42,500 Einwohner).  I'm leaving tons of books, materials, DVDs, etc., and a group of enthusiastic, dedicated, animated students.

A dual license [50% German (levels 1-4) and 50% English] is preferred.  I travel with ISE every two years (though that's not an expectation of the administration).

Location: St. Mary's Springs Academy High School Campus
Position Title: English/German Teacher – 1.0FTE

St Mary’s Springs Academy High School is searching for a 50% English and 50% German teacher who works well with students, staff, and the school community. This person must have excellent communication skills and the
knowledge and skills necessary to enable each student to master English and basic German skills (levels 1-4) outlined in the curriculum as well as to incorporate 21st century technology into the high school program.

The successful candidate understands and has experience in current practices and methodologies as a team player, willing to be flexible and collaborate with colleagues.  Practicing Catholic is preferred.  Dual licensure in English (300) and German (370) is preferred.

Application Procedure:
Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and reference letters along with a completed application, which can be found on the school website to:
   St. Mary’s Springs Academy Administration Office
   Attn: Douglas Olig, SMSA Lead Principal
   114 Amory Street
   Fond du Lac, WI 54935

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Jobs: German Adjunct positions for 2012-13, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA

Wilson College seeks adjunct instructors for the following areas:

Adjuncts for Latin, Arabic, or German for fall and spring 2012-2013. A Ph.
• in the respective language is highly desirable; but candidates with
master's degrees will also be considered. These are positions at the
beginning level (101 levels in each language will be taught in the fall; 102
levels in each in the spring). 

Submit application letter, transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy,
and the names of three references to:

Dr. Mary Hendrickson
VPAA/Dean of Faculty
Wilson College
1015 Philadelphia Avenue
Chambersburg, PA 17201 
or email 


Jobs: German position, La Grange HS, La Grange, TX

A German Teacher is needed for the 2012-2013 school year at La Grange High
School, La Grange, Texas.

The teacher is retiring after 31 years of teaching German Level I, II, III
and IV.  The students have had a rich tradition of participating in Texas
German contest, National German Exam, and the GAPP program.  All programs
are in place at this time.  There is a very active German Club and Delta
Epsilon Phi organization.  The German program has wonderful support from the
community, the local Texas German Society, and the administration.  We are
looking for a teacher to continue this program and help it grow even

Job Description
Prepare lessons and teach German I-IV 
Sponsor La Grange High School German Club and oversee its activities.
Sponsor students in German competitions.
Actively participate as a team member of the high school faculty.

Appropriate certifications for secondary German classes.
Involvement with German language competitions preferred.

Contact Bryan Hallmark at La Grange ISD. 

Or apply using the "Professional" application located on the district
website at under Human Resources/Job Opportunities.

Applications accepted until May 15, 2012.

French Video: Jr Prod - Un Dîner Presque Parfait (Parodie)

Bonjour, Johanne ici. Here is the latest video I have found which fellow French teachers may find interesting
for their classes. Enjoy!

French Video: Jr Prod - L'Alsace

Bonjour, Johanne here. Today I have another video which I've found to share with fellow French teachers. This video features Alsace! Enjoy!

Jobs: German Position International Academy, Bloomfield Hills, MI

High School Teacher Position:

1.0  FTE German:  Qualification and certification to teach German language
classes at an advanced high school level.  High level of fluency desired. 

International Academy Okma
1020 East Square Lake Road                                              
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304                                     
(248) 341-5900

• Valid Michigan secondary teaching certificate with an endorsement in
German language
• Major in German
• Near or native level fluency mandatory

Unique Aspects which should be considered before applying:

• Longer school year calendar: 192 teacher days
• Longer school day: 7:45 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. 
• International focus across the curriculum which will involve
cross-disciplinary planning
• Block scheduling 
• Teacher responsibilities: classroom instructor, homeroom mentor,
product team advisor, curriculum development
• Encouraged to be involved in enrichment weeks
• Encouraged to sponsor German Honor Society
• Graduate assistant positions available as teacher aides
• Involvement in International Baccalaureate program
• Remain a contractual employee in the teacher’s home district; new
teachers are hired by one of the participating Oakland County consortium
school districts
• Willingness to attend International Baccalaureate teacher training 
• Attend new teacher orientation – summer date TBD 

Salary:  Same salary as in the home district, plus a stipend for the
extended school year and the optional enrichment weeks

Starting Date: August 13, 2012. Full school starts August 14, 2012.

Contact:      Lynne Gibson, Principal
International Academy 
1020 East Square Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan  48304

Application Procedure and Deadline: Complete Online Application at: 
Complete all sections of the online application.  It is required that
applicants upload copies of the following documents to the online
application: letter of interest, resume, two letters of recommendation, copy
of all transcripts, and copy of valid Michigan teaching certificate(s).

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

News: Budget cuts and program closures in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, a government mandate to make higher education more efficient is having a devastating effect on some language programs such as Portuguese. In recent years, Dutch high schools have not been teaching languages beyond English. Utrecht University, for example, has already been forced to close its Portuguese program. Many more closures are expected. You can read more about these unfortunate program closures via the article linked below:

Jobs: German teacher position, German School, Washingtion D.C.

The German Language Courses (GLC) at the German School Washington is looking
for German teachers for the upcoming school year 2012-2013.
Classes are held on Saturday mornings only (9-11:30 am)!

. Native German speaker
. Teaching degree/experience
. DaF experience (would be a plus)
. Valid working permit and SSN
. Enjoy teaching!

We need to fill the following positions:
. 3-year old group
. Kindergarten and Pre-school
. Elementary school
. Teens
. Adults

Please email you resume to Kerstin Hopkins at 
GLC at the German School
8617 Chateau Drive
Potomac, MD 20854

News: 100 Serious Twitter Tips for Academics

Chris here again. Today we have a guest article titled 100 Serious Twitter Tips for Academics from The list explores several useful practices useful for novice and advance Twitter users alike. The list is quite extensive and is extremely useful for teachers and academics who wish to use Social Media. You can find the article here:

Jobs: Mandarin position (K-12), Chapel Hill, N.C.

Chapel Hill, NC, public schools has a high need for teachers of Mandarin in grades K-12. Teachers are needed for the school district's dual immersion Mandarin-English program, a program with an 11-year track recrod. For a brief overview of school district's dual immersion program, see,

To apply for a teaching position, see,

Interested candidates should also contact Martha Giraldo for more information and details,

Monday, April 23, 2012

Student Development: Internship opportunities in Germany

Want to provide your German students with internship opportunities in Germany? Take a look at Abroadways, a useful website which offers many opportunities for students.

News: Khan Academy

Hello all, Chris here again. Today we have a guest article to share via The article focuses on Khan Academy and several schools across the country that have adopted it. You  may be asking yourself, just what is Khan Academy?

Khan Academy  is a website featuring over 3,000 videos on virtually all educational subjects and are available to both students and teachers. You can read more about Khan Academy here:

Spanish: Juego con Reflexivos, Se recíproca e Impersonal

¡Hola! Acá va un juego que se puede hacer dividiendo la clase en grupos!

Spanish Jeopardy Game: Reflexivos, se Impersonal, etc. (PPT)

Friday, April 20, 2012

German Video: Gespräche 13 (Bier)

Hello everyone, Chris here again. Today we're happy to present the next video for our German conversation series! Enjoy!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

German: Da & Wo Compounds Activities

Chris here again. Today I would like to share a set of activities which I designed to help my students practice the often tricky Da- and Wo- compounds in German. While the specific focus here is on these compounds the activity types are still adaptable for other grammar and vocabulary and should be useful for all language teachers.

I will forego a grammar explanation and leave that up to the individual instructors.

I like students to be able to quickly move from simple question-response type activities which focus on only one of the compounds at a time toward more complex activities which effectively make use of both compounds in more realistic situations of language use.

Another type of grammar which lends itself well toward practicing the Da- and Wo- compounds are the many prepositional phrases found in German. Below is a brief listing of the most common ones:

sich argern uber
sich beklagen (uber)
sich beschweren uber
sich beziehen auf
denken an
diskutieren uber
sich entscheiden fur
sich freuen auf
sich freuen uber
sich gewohnen an
glauben an
hoffen auf
sich interessieren fur
sich konzentrieren auf
sich verlassen auf
sich verlieben in
warten auf
aufhoren mit
sich beschaftigen mit
rechnen mit
leiden an

For the first activity, I had students pick eight of these phrases. Students then folded a sheet of paper into eight pieces and then separate the paper into individual pieces. Upon these eight little cards the students wrote the prepositional phrases.

The class was then divided into groups of three. Student A would begin by choosing one of their prepositional phrases and using a Wo- compound, pose Student B a question (e.g. Woran denkst du?). Student B would answer Ich denke an... Student C would then use a Da- compound and say Er denkt daran. After one such cycle, the roles would rotate clockwise with each student taking on a new role. This ensure that each student will take turns using both types of compounds. The randomly selected phrases chosen by the students ensures a good mix of both the prepositions and the concomitant compounds.

A followup activity I have used is to have students interview fellow classmates using these prepositional phrases and Wo-compounds in order to pose questions. Students are free to choose which prepositions to use. I generally ask students to ask around 5 questions or so per interviewee.

I will be adding some more activities to this post in the coming days so stay tuned!

Policy Watch: Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) amendments

As you may already have heard, five bills have been introduced in the Michigan Legislature that propose amendments to the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) and/or the two-credit world language graduation requirement. The bills are specific in whether they want to eliminate the requirement entirely or allow students to substitute other courses for the world language graduation requirement.

We are requesting that you write a letter to your state representative and senator requesting that the two-credit world language graduation requirement be kept intact within the MMC.

Below you will find a link to information to help you with your letter.

We all need to unite in this effort to preserve the two-credit world language requirement. We thank you in advance for taking the time to write a letter.

German: The German psyche from A to Z (DW)

For fellow German teachers - take a look at this interesting article on Deutsche Welle entitled: The German psyche from A to Z | Culture | DW.DE | 18.04.2012

From A for Abendbrot (supper) to Z for Zerrissenheit (inner conflict): This spectrum makes up the German identity. In their new book, Thea Dorn and Richard Wagner explain what unites Germany. This article will make for some stimulating classroom discussion. Enjoy!

Technology: Yabla Online Video Immersion

Want to add some exciting content to your curriculum? Then take a look at Yabla!

Yabla Online Video Immersion features authentic content, interactive controls, integrated dictionaries, and a cloze listening game. Give your students invaluable listening practice leading to broader vocabulary, improved accent, and increased fluency.

Each teacher and each student receives his or her own unique login and can access Yabla from any Internet-connected computer. Teachers can assign videos, goals, and due dates on a class-by-class basis.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

German: Do Deutsch campaign

For fellow German teachers. Want to provide some fun incentives for learning German to current and prospective students? Take a look at the Do Deutsch campaign ads:

Jobs: German position, St. Mary's University, TX

The Languages Department at St. Mary’s University invites applicants for an adjunct faculty position for the Fall and Spring semesters, starting August 2012.  Candidates must have an M.A. in German, or other equivalent terminal degree with evidence of a strong teaching background. Experience of at least two years of demonstrated excellence in teaching at the university level is required. Teaching responsibilities in the Fall semester are: one section of the first semester of introductory level of German, and one section of the first semester of intermediate level German; in the Spring semester, the responsibilities include teaching one section of the second semester of introductory level of German, and one section of the second semester of the intermediate level of German. Candidate will also be responsible for applying and grading exams, holding office hours, and participating in the departmental semester meetings.

Applications can be found at  Along with the employment application please also submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation to:

Dr. Eva Bueno, Chair
German Adjunct Faculty Search
Department of Languages
St. Mary’s University
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228

And apply online by sending your application to

Review of applications will be conducted until position is filled.  To guarantee full consideration, send your credentials until March 5, 2012.  Any offer of employment for this position is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.  St. Mary’s University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


Jobs: Full-time position, Katy Taylor HS, Katy, TX

Katy ISD (West Houston) has a full day opening at Katy Taylor High School.
Katy ISD is in the Houston area.




Teacher - Secondary - German

Bachelor’s degree from accredited university
Valid Texas teaching certificate with required endorsements for subject and level assigned 
Knowledge of subjects assigned
General knowledge of design and delivery issues related to alignment for best results in student achievement
Ability to instruct students and manage their behavior
Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
Student teaching or approved internship
Physically able to monitor student discipline and progress and meet other student needs as required
Physically able to move about the room to perform formative assessments and adequately facilitate small and large group instruction

Taylor HS

Provide students with appropriate learning activities and experiences designed to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. Enable students to develop competencies and skills to function successfully in society.

1. Develop and implement lesson plans that fulfill the requirements of district’s curriculum program 
and show evidence of preparation in KMAC as required by district policy.

2. Prepare lessons that reflect accommodations for differences in student learning styles.

3. Present subject matter according to guidelines established by Texas Education Agency, board policies, and administrative regulations.

4. Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect accommodation for individual needs of students assigned.

5. Conduct assessment of student learning styles and use results to plan instructional activities.

6. Work cooperatively with special education teachers to modify curricula as needed for special 
education students according to guidelines established in Individual Education Plans (IEP).

7. Cooperate with other members of staff for planning and implementing instructional goals, 
objectives, and methods according to district requirements.

8. Plan and supervise purposeful assignments of teacher aide(s) and volunteer(s).

9. Implement technology to strengthen the teaching/learning process.

10. Assist students in analyzing and improving study methods and habits.

11. Consistently assess student achievement through formal and informal testing and use results to
plan instructional activities.

12. Assume responsibility for extracurricular activities as assigned, and sponsor outside activities as
approved by the campus principal.

13. Present positive role model for students.

14. Create classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and 
emotional development of students.

15. Manage student behavior and administer discipline according to board policies, administrative 
regulations and IEPs.

16. Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and

17. Assist in selection of books, equipment, and other instructional materials.

18. Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals, and teachers.

19. Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members.

20. Use effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly.

21. Participate in campus and district staff development programs.

22. Demonstrate behavior that is professional, ethical, and responsible.

23. Keep informed of and comply with state, district, and school regulations and policies for 
classroom teachers.

24. Compile and maintain all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents as

25. Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve on committees as required.

26. Articulate the district’s mission and goals in areas of assigned responsibilities to the community 
and solicit its support in realizing the mission.

27. Demonstrate awareness of district/community needs and initiate activities to meet identified 

28. Demonstrate the use of appropriate and effective techniques to enhance community and parent 
Involvement in the local school system.

Supervise assigned teacher aide(s) and student teacher(s).

SMART Board, computer, printer, copier, overhead projector, DVD/VCR, graphing calculator, other specialized equipment that is particularly unique to the teaching assignment. 

Standing for long periods of time. Frequent stooping, bending, pulling and pushing, ie relocating stacks of textbooks, media equipment, desks, and other classroom equipment. The level of mobility required depends upon the grade level of teaching assignment(s) and requirements thereof. Must maintain emotional control under stress.

To apply: 

Teacher Salary
10 Months


Jobs: Two full-time positions, College Station, TX

Two full-time, high school German teaching positions are opening in College Station I.S.D. in College Station, Texas. 

More information and to apply:

Jobs: Hamline University, German position

Hamline University may have adjunct teaching positions open AY 2012-2012 in
German.  We are looking for high-motivated, dynamic instructors.  Should be
able to teach at all levels.  Native or near-native speakers required. 
Ph.D. or ABD desired.  Send cover letter and CV to 

Jobs: Parti-time HS position, Nashville, TN

Dirk Ash, Principal at Lavergne High School (Rutherford County) is looking for a German teacher for levels 1 & 2. His e-mail is 

Lavergne High School is about 15 miles away from Nashville, TN. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Jobs: Part-time instructor position, St. Joseph's University, PA

Saint Joseph's University (Philadelphia, PA) is seeking a part-time instructor, who can teach an Intermediate German course during the 2012 fall semester. Additionally, it is anticipated that this individual will teach two courses during the spring semester, one Intermediate German course and one upper-division German course, to be determined.

Candidates interested in applying for the position, must first complete an online application form at: In the Search Jobs function, under the Department menu, find 212016 – Modern and Classical Languages, and then click the search button. Please click on the language adjunct position in Modern and Classical Languages (not the Linguistics position). You must create an account on to be able to apply. 

Any additional queries regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Tom Buckley at

Saint Joseph’s University is a private, Catholic, Jesuit institution and expects members of its community to be knowledgeable about its mission and to make a positive contribution to that mission. Saint Joseph’s University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that seeks to recruit, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce. 

Jobs: Generalkonsulat position in Boston

Das Generalkonsulat der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Boston sucht ab 01.
Juni 2012 eine Mitarbeiterin / einen Mitarbeiter für das Sekretariat.
Die Tätigkeit umfasst hauptsächlich folgende Aufgaben:
-Schreiben und Bearbeiten von Texten, Tabellen, Präsentationen 
-Vereinbarung von Terminen und Führen des Terminkalenders 
-Verwaltung von Kontakten und Adressen
-Organisation von Dienstreisen
-Übersetzungen, Überprüfen von Texten
-Vorbereitung von Besprechungen, Konferenzen und anderen Veranstaltungen
Bewerberinnen und Bewerber müsen über folgende Qualifikationen und
Erfahrungen verfügen:
-Ausbildung und Berufserfahrung im Sekretariats- oder Verwaltungsbereich 
-fließende Kenntnisse der deutschen und der englischen Sprache in Wort und
-zusätzliche Sprachkenntnisse sind von Vorteil 
-Erfahrungen und gute Kenntnisse der gängigen PC-Programme (MS-Office) 
-ausgeprägtes Organisationstalent, Teamfähigkeit, Sorgfalt und Flexibilität 
-Aufenthalts- und Arbeitserlaubnis für die USA
Das Generalkonsulat bietet:
-einen vielseitigen, interessanten Arbeitsplatz 
-ein angemessenes, ortsübliches Gehalt 
-Zugang zu einer Krankenversicherung mit Arbeitgeberanteil 
-Zuschüsse zu einer privaten Altersvorsorge
Bitte richten Sie Ihre Bewerbung mit folgenden Unterlagen
bis zum 11. Mai 2012 per Post oder E-Mail an:
Generalkonsulat der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 
z.H. Frau Carina Putzas 
Three Copley Place, Suite 500 
Boston, MA 02116
Tel.: 617-369-4911 
Informationen über das Generalkonsulat finden Sie unter 

Jobs: HS position, Wheaton, Illinois

We have a German teaching position available at Wheaton Warrenville South
High School in Wheaton, Illinois for the 2012-13 school year. It is a
full-time position teaching position German levels 1-4 at the high school. 
Interested applicants can contact Lorie Campos at

Jobs: Lecturer position at UNC, Greensboro, N.C.

Lecturer in German.  The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro is seeking a dynamic lecturer
in German (Ph.D. preferred) for a one-year position with the possibility of
renewal.  The area of specialization is open, although a strong background
in language pedagogy, web-based instructional technologies, and/or second
language acquisition is highly desirable.  Established credentials and
expertise in teaching at all levels of a student-centered language,
literature and culture program required.  Willingness to promote German
Studies at UNCG through active participation/leadership in extra and
co-curricular initiatives a must.  Evidence of mentoring capabilities
desired.  Native or near-native proficiency required.  
Please send:  1) a letter of application; 2) a CV; 3) a statement of
teaching philosophy or teaching portfolio; and 4) three (3) letters of
reference, at least one of which specifically addresses the candidate's
qualifications as a teacher, to:  Prof. Susanne Rinner, c/o Lisa Janvari,
German Search Committee, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures,
UNCG, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, NC  27402-6170. 
Review of applications will begin on May 1st and continue until the position
is filled. UNCG is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer.
Applicants of all diverse populations are encouraged to apply.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

French: METRONOME - 1/4 - Documentaires France5

Bonjour, Johanne ici. Here is the first in a video series I found for fellow French teachers. Enjoy!

METRONOME - 1/4 - Documentaires - France5

Friday, April 13, 2012

Jobs: Naperville, IL High school positions

For the 2012-2013 school year there will be six sections of German to be
taught at Naperville Central and Naperville North High Schools in Naperville
Community Unit School District 203, due to retirement and change of career
plans. It is possible that the administration will seek a German teacher for
an overload position with classes at both high schools. It is possible that
the administration will combine three sections at each building with two
sections of Spanish or French to make two full-time positions. 

The teachers and instructional coordinators are seeking colleagues with a
strong preparation and background in German and invite interested candidates
to apply online at, although the position(s) has
(have) not yet been posted. For more information, contact retiring teacher
Kathleen Betterman at

Jobs: German high school position, Jackson, MN

Jackson County Central High School has a 1.0 FTE German Teacher opening for
the 2012-2013 school year. Must hold a valid MN License. This position is
for German 1 (3 sections) German 2 (2 sections) and German 3. High school
experience is preferred. Coaching positions will be available for the
2012-2013 school year also. JCC is located in Jackson, MN. Interested
individuals should go to the Jackson County Central website for more

Jobs: Web research opportunity

Leapforce is an Information Technology company and is looking for bilingual
candidates (speaking both German and English).  These positions will require
the candidates to reside in Germany.

(Hourly Pay Rate) : 18.00 / hr or 0.300 / minute USD

Leapforce is looking for highly educated individuals for an exciting work
from home opportunity. Applicants must be self motivated and internet savvy.
This is an opportunity to evaluate and improve the results for one of the
world's largest internet search engine companies.

Search Engine Evaluators will need to combine a passion for analysis with an
understanding of various online research tools. Applicants must be detail
oriented and have a broad range of interests.

Ideal Search Engine Evaluators will possess the following skills
• Have in-depth, up-to-date familiarity with German social culture, media,
and web culture
• Excellent comprehension and written communication skills in German and
• Broad range of interests, with specific areas of expertise a plus
• University degree or equivalent experience (degrees in-progress are
acceptable). Advanced degrees a plus
• Excellent web research skills and analytical abilities.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
• Possess a high speed internet connection (DSL, Cable Modem, etc.)

Search Engine Evaluators provide feedback on search engine results by
measuring the relevance and usefulness of web pages in correlation to
predefined queries, by providing comparative analysis of sets of search
engine results and various other techniques.

All candidates are required to take and pass a two-part qualification exam
before becoming a Search Engine Evaluator. Part 1 of the exam contains 24
theory based questions. Part 2 of the exam contains 150 simulated evaluation
tasks. Supplied study materials can be used during both parts of the exam.

Below is the job link:


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spanish: Se inocente

Hola! Acá va otro video que explica el uso de la SE inocente. Ojalá les sea útil.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spanish: Verbos Irregulares en el Pretérito

Aquí está un video que siempre ayuda a mis estudiantes con algo tan difícil de recordar como la conjugación de los verbos irregulares en el pretérito. ¡Espero que lo disfruten!

2012 Graduate Student Symposium on Second Language Studies & ESL

APRIL 14, 2012
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Purdue's ESL Graduate Student Organization (ESL GO!) will be hosting its annual Symposium next Saturday, April 14, from 9am to 5pm. We will have two excellent speakers and eleven presentations on a variety of topics--something for everyone interested in second language studies or English as a second language.

Keynote Speaker: Fred Davis, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

Featured Speaker: Muriel Gallego, Ohio University

Registration starts at 8:30 am and is $10. No pre-registration is required, but if you plan to attend, we ask that you email us at to help us know how much breakfast and beverages to order.

Click on the link below to view the full program:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

News: 28 hashtags to follow education reform

Chris here again. Today we have a guest article from to share with you. The article lists several important hashtags to follow on twitter relating to education reform. There are several good ones on the list with many topics discussed that affect us as language educators one way or another. Enjoy!

News: 10 amazing translation tools of tomorrow

Chris here again. Today we have a guest article from entitled 10 amazing translation tools of tomorrow.

The increase of online and machine translation will reshape how people communicate, eliminating language barriers. How will this influence traditional language learning?

Jobs:Pre-School German immersion program openings in Minneapolis & St. Paul

The Germanic-American Institute is currently hiring lead teachers, assistant teachers, substitute teachers and classroom aids to work at KINDERSTUBE GERMAN IMMERSION PRESCHOOL in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Actively participate with the teaching team to create a safe, nurturing, child-centered environment.
2. Organize daily classroom activities and implement Kinderstube curriculum.
3. Follow MN State pre-school licensing regulations and Kinderstube policies regarding children's health, safety, behavior, and learning.
4. Maintain daily classroom order and cleanliness
5. Communicate with parents regarding child's activities, behavior, social interactions, and any health or other concerns.
6. Complete required number of yearly in-service hours and first aid-training within 1 month of hire date.
7. Other support duties as agreed upon by yourself and Kinderstube Director.


- Teachers/Teacher's Assistants must be native or fluent German speakers and have
experience teaching young children. Post high-school education required.
- For Classroom Aids, experience is preferred but not required. Candidates must be
proficient in German. Minimum age 16.

Salary: $9.00-$15.00 depending on qualifications and experience


- paid time off and paid holidays
- free language classes and free membership at the GAI
- Child care discount
- Flexible hours
- Full time and part-time opportunities
- Professional training

To apply, send resume + cover letter to Katrina VanKempen 

News: German fluency starts early in life at Minn. schools

Learning German begins early in Minneapolis and St. Paul schools. Preschool students in the two cities are learning German at Kinderstube, a preschool created in 2004 by the Germanic-American Institute. The year round, full day program teaches German to children ages 3 to 5. According to Kinderstube Director Katrina Van Kempen,  "preschool children pick up words quickly and naturally grasp their context."

Technology: Evolving machine translation - shrinking global barriers

Writing in Innovation Management, Dennis Draeger explains that the explosion of translation technology will fundamentally change the language services industry, as well as the way international business and politics are conducted. According to Draeger, human translators always will be needed to ensure accuracy, especially during sensitive or vital conversations. For general use however, technology, such as the voice translator developed by Microsoft will allow people to interact across the language barrier in a more personal way, he writes. This is a continually evolving topic and one that will seriously affect language learning and teaching at all levels in the not too distant future. How will machine translation affect language learning and teaching?


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