Friday, November 30, 2012

German: Advents Calendar in English from the German Embassy

More advents calendar goodies for fellow German teachers and learners:

German: Free digital Adventskalender

Chris here again with some fun news for fellow German teachers and learners. The holiday season is here and you can get a free digital German Adventskalender with stories and poems in German. Just visit the link below:

News: More Colo. students studying Mandarin as a second language

More than 60 Colorado schools are embracing Mandarin as the foreign language of choice for students who say the language will be important in the future. The trend toward Mandarin, the most widely spoken language in the world, represents a departure from when Spanish was the dominant foreign language taught in schools. According to Kuo Li, who teaches Mandarin and Chinese culture to 144 students at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, Colorado, "Chinese gives these students a larger horizon in their future lives." You can read more about this trend via the article linked below:

News: Literacy a central topic at youth global issues summit

Eighty-eight percent of the 1,300 delegates attending the One Young World international summit in Pittsburgh pledged to improve literacy in their home countries. Literacy was the top concern among about six major areas discussed at the annual social issues conference of young leaders in their 20s from about 180 countries. According to Bangladeshi professor and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus,  "in this day and age, there is no reason absolutely whatsoever that someone should be illiterate." You can follow up on the conference via the article linked below:

French: Sherlock Holmes 2 - les détails du tournage (Strasbourg)

Bonjour, Johannce ici encore! Today I have another fun video to share with fellow French teachers. This one   features some behind details behind the filming of Sherlock Holmes 2 in Strasbourg. Enjoy!


News: University of Montana gains recognition for language training

For the past three years, the University of Montana has worked with the U.S. Department of Defense to help train military and foreign service personnel in several strategic languages. The school has received about $2 million in funding for the program, and introduced new learning strategies, including virtual and immersion platforms.You can learn more about the university's developments via the article linked below:

Jobs: Long TermHS Sub needed April 2013 - Sussex, WI‏

Sussex Hamilton High School in Sussex, Wisconsin, which is located about 20
minutes west of Milwaukee, is looking for a long term sub from April to June
2013. The job will consist of full time employment teaching 3 out of 4 block
schedule classes - two German level 2 classes and one German level 5 class.
All lesson plans will be laid out and materials provided. Looking for an
upbeat, flexible, and fun person to fill this position for about 8-10 weeks
while one of the high school German teachers is on maternity leave. We have
two German teachers at the high school, so you will have a great resource to
turn to daily as well.

Please contact Lindsey Klein at, German teacher at
Hamilton high school or Keith Nerby,, Associate
principal of Hamilton high school with any questions. Phone number is

Jobs: Pool for PT/FT Temporary German Instructors - Bloomburg University of PA

Department of Languages and Cultures
Language Instructors, Part-Time/Full-Time Temporary

Position Description:
Candidates for a temporary pool in the Department of languages and Cultures.
In anticipation of future need, the Department of languages and Cultures is
establishing a pool for part-time and/or full-time temporary instructors.
Instructors may be needed to teach beginning level courses in one or more of
the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin,
Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Qualifying Experience/Education:
MA in language, language education or related field required. Native or
near-native fluency in the language required. Native or near-native fluency
in English required. Experience teaching beginning language courses at the
college level required. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse
populations preferred.

Term of Appointment: Temporary, Part-Time and/or Full-Time
Appointment Date: As needed
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Application Process:
Cover letter, CV, copies of official undergraduate and graduate transcripts,
three letters of recommendation, and names, phone numbers and/or emails for
three professional references should be sent to:

Chair, Department of Languages and Cultures
Bloomsburg University of Pa
400 2nd Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Finalist(s) for this position must communicate well and successfully
complete an interview process and/or teaching demonstration, as judged by
the department faculty. Recommendation for hiring is needed from a majority
of the full-time tenures faculty. Prior to a final offer of employment, the
selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check
including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and
other credential verification, and criminal background check. Bloomsburg
University of Pennsylvania encourages applications from historically
under-represented individuals, women, veterans, and persons with
disabilities and is an AA/EEO employer.

Jobs: German Position at Michigan State University‏

The German Studies Program at Michigan State University invites applications
for an open rank, tenure-system position in German media and cultural
studies with an emphasis on Digital Humanities beginning August 16, 2013 in
the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African
Languages. We are seeking dynamic applicants who envision a career of
leadership at the intersection of Digital Humanities and German Studies. The
ideal candidate will actively contribute to solving theoretical and
practical questions in this emerging field. At Michigan State University,
the successful applicant will engage with scholars in a
collaborative, interdisciplinary environment, including the Creativity
Exploratory, the Center for Language Teaching Advancement, Global Studies in
the Arts and Humanities, and MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters, &
Social Sciences Online, as well as the faculty and students in the Digital
Humanities specialization. The successful candidate will help shape an
innovative Ph.D. program in German Studies and Digital Humanities, and will
contribute to the college-wide specialization in the Digital Humanities.
Teaching responsibilities include graduate and undergraduate courses.

An active research agenda in German Studies and Digital Humanities, a Ph.D.
in German or a related field by August 16, 2013, and teaching experience are

Review of applications will begin December 14, 2012 and continue until the
position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the
Michigan State Human Resources web site (posting
#7085): Applicants should submit a cover letter, an
overview of current research and plans for the future, a statement
of teaching philosophy, and a curriculum vitae. Materials should demonstrate
evidence of the creative use of technology as a means of knowledge
production and dissemination. References will be solicited from position

For further information, please contact:

Professor Patrick M. McConeghy
B-263 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Road
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed
to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively
encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color,
veterans and persons with have the right to request and receive reasonable

Jobs: Teacher Needed at German Language School Dallas, TX‏

Need: experienced instructor for upper-level German language class.
Students are high school age with good conversational and grammatical
skills. Most students have German parents or have lived in German speaking
countries. This class prepares students for future participation in DSD
(Deutsches Sprach Diplom) examinations.

Interested teachers for this Saturday School class should be from Germany or
have lived there extensively; college education may be American or German.

Please contact Gisela de Marco at 972-416-3421 or

Gisela de Marco
German Language School Dallas, Dallas Goethe Center.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Jobs: High School German Teaching Position - Manchester, NH

We need to fill a position in Manchester, NH. It is for German 1 through 4 and is at Memorial High School. There will be a temporary position available on or around March 12th of 2013 as the current teacher will be taking paternity leave. It should last until about June 13th of 2013. The teacher will also be taking a leave of absence for the entire 2013-2014 school year and will most likely not return thereafter. Please contact Joanne at or 603-624-6300 ext. 144 for more information. 

French: Du savon 100% bio! (Alsace)

Bonjour everyone, Johanne here again! Today I have another great video to share with fellow French teachers. This one is about all-natural soap and its production in Alsace. Enjoy! Comments welcome!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

News: Mass. parent develops game to teach Mandarin

Vicky Wu Davis has started a weekly class for students ages 2 to 6, including her son, where she teaches Chinese through language with storytelling and group activities, such as making ice cream. Now Wu Davis is trying to gather funds for a tablet application --- Peach Ice Cream Adventures --- that will teach Chinese with methods similar to those she uses in class. According to Vicky, "if you wrap it up in fun things, they don't even realize they're learning another language". You can read more about this development for learning Mandarin via the article linked below:

News: Utah school recognized for its French program

Elementary school principal Dennis Pratt is traveling to France to accept an award honoring his school in Provo, Utah, for having one of the top French language education programs in the world. Seventeen schools worldwide will be recognized by the French Ministry of Education, and their leaders will take part in a three-day conference hosted by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Agency for the Teaching of French to Foreigners. You can read more about this special award via the article linked below:

Jobs: Carmel Middle School & Clay Middle School - Spanish Opening

CCS is looking for a Spanish Teacher (Shared with two locations) (Start Date 1/7/13)
Posted 11/27/12
Apply at
Carmel Middle School & Clay Middle School
Contact: Lila Jay & Todd Crosby, Principals

Jobs: German teaching position in Costa Rica‏

I`m writing you let know all German teachers about a teaching opportunity in Costa Rica. We are hiring two German teachers that want to commit for two or more years.

We are a small school located in Heredia, in a small town named San Francisco de San Isidro de Heredia. Located 15 min from Heredia Centro, and 40 from San Jose. Surrounded by mountains and valleys, our climate is always warm or fresh (19 to 26 degrees Celsius).

We work with Local and International schedules. Contract will start on January 15, 2013.
We offer very good salary for living in Costa Rica according to teaching credentials and experience, Social Benefits, and excellent teaching environment, teacher should come by their own.

The mission of Golden Valley School is “to educate for life, forming better men and women.” It is for this reason that our school offers an education of excellence in academics and in formation of the human being. We work to insure that our students are happy and prepared; committed to their responsibilities with the environment, their country, and the world.

We are affiliated with UNESCO, the Tri-Association of American Schools, the Schulen: Partner der Zukunft and we are currently working to restructure our programs to receive International accreditation with Advance_ED.

To attain its mission Golden Valley promises to provide an integral formation to its students and to help in the process of self-construction of knowledge in order to produce responsible, reflexive, creative and team-spirited people, who are also independent and self-assured, compromised with the improvement of the environment, challenging present and future times, and who can enrich other people’s lives as well as their own.

Golden Valley considers education as a continuous and permanent process by which one must strive to attain the perfection of human potentials and at the same time build a better world, all by means of an integral holistic educational process with academic excellence and where all physical, emotional, and spiritual skills are stimulated
in the children.

The main goal for those of us who work in Golden Valley is to contribute to the formation of creative and enthusiastic children with firm spiritual principles and values to serve others. We want students who think critically and who are involved with their own learning, who are responsible and able to use concrete actions and creativity to resolve real life situations.

Teachers can send their resume, references, picture, and recommendations as soon as possible to continue with our hiring process.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Ana María
Phone: 506 88241809

Sunday, November 25, 2012

News: Summer School for Teachers

Hey all, here is a nice article on some things to keep teachers busy and learning new tricks while being on break. Maybe you could check them out during the winter. Enjoy!

News: Germany offers language courses for Greeks

Chris here again with some language news. Germany is offering language courses for Greeks aimed at providing rapid language acquisition for foreign professionals. You can read more about this trend via the article linked below:

Video: Symmetry

Hello everyone, Claudia here,
Today I would like to share this amazing video that you can use in any of your language classes. It's really interesting because it always shows two images at a time that are somehow connected. You can use these to have your students describe what they see, reflect upon it or come up with their own symmetries. Let me know how it works for you and if you can think of other ways to use it in the classroom. I hope you like it!

News: Families use songs and games for earlier language learning

A group of parents and their young children have started meeting regularly to learn to speak Spanish and English through songs and games. Some experts say infants who are exposed to multiple languages have better language acquisition later in life. You can read more about this group via the Greenfield Daily Reporter article linked below:

French Music: Gangnam Style en français!

Chris here again. Today I have a fun music video to share with French teachers! This is a student video in French featuring Gangnam Style! Enjoy!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

German Music: German meets Spanish - Culcha Candela

It is rare to find a music video which would be relevant to both German and Spanish teachers and learners. Nevertheless, you need to watch the video below by Culcha Candela which features a mix of lyrics from both languages although the emphasis is more on German. A catchy song nonetheless!

News: England to require foreign language education

Starting in 2014, all primary schools in England will offer at least one foreign language option for students ages 7 to 11. Potential language choices include French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Mandarin among others.  

What are the advantages and disadvantages to this requirement? Should we be adopting a similar policy in the U.S.?

You can read more about this via the Telegraph article linked below:

News: Does General Education Matter?

Does general education matter? Are colleges and universities appropriately preparing students for the job market?  Take a look at the infographic below from which outlines some of the key issues with the general education debate.

Does General Education Matter?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy the holiday!

German: Bayerischer Rundfunk online!

Watching German TV is great way for learners to improve listening skills. Bayerischer Rundfunk features programs available to watch online:

What other online sources for German videos do you use?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Technology: Memrise

Hello! I have recently come across this new vocab learning program. I haven't tried it yet but I think it's worth looking at.

“ Memrise is almost certainly the most fun and effective way to learn vocabulary. Designed by Grandmaster of Memory Ed Cooke and Princeton neuroscientist Greg Detre.”

News: Speaking Multiple Languages

Here is an interesting article on speaking multiple languages to young children.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Jobs: Long-Term Sub Position: St. Charles, IL‏

Maternity leave position - High School German

St. Charles East HS; St. Charles, IL (western suburb of Chicago)

60% position - consisting of:
2 sections of German 1 &
1 section of German 3/4 combined.

Starting Jan. 25, 2013-Apr. 24, 2013 (dates could change slightly)

Job posting information w/ link to apply through Kane Co. Consortium:

Additional information:
German 1 - Deutsch Aktuell 1
German 3 - Genial B1
German 4 - Aspekte
Periods 2, 3, 5 in an 8-period day

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Jobs: Full-time teacher needed at Concord Academy, Concord,MA‏

Concord Academy, an independent college preparatory school for grades 9 through 12 located in Concord, Massachusetts, anticipates an opening in its Modern and Classical Language Department beginning in the fall of 2013. Chartered in 1922, the School currently enrolls approximately 368 boarding and day students from ten countries and territories and fifteen states.

Students are engaged in a community animated by a love of learning, enriched by a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, and guided by a covenant of common trust. Students and teachers work together as a community of learners dedicated to intellectual rigor and creative endeavor. In a caring and challenging atmosphere, students discover and develop talents as scholars, artists, musicians, and athletes and are encouraged to find their voices. The School is committed to embracing and broadening the diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and talents of its people. Common trust challenges students to balance individual freedom with responsibility and service to a larger community. Such learning prepares students for lives as committed citizens.

The School seeks to appoint an outstanding teacher in support of a strong and well-established German program. The successful candidate will be an accomplished teacher of German and an innovative educator with excellent inter-personal skills, demonstrated organizational ability, and a passion and enthusiasm for working with adolescents and supporting them in acquiring and achieving a high level of proficiency in the German language. In addition to having an advanced degree and three or more years of teaching at the secondary or undergraduate level, preferred qualifications include a record of making German an accessible language to the full range of students and experience using established and emergent technology resources. 2013-2014 teaching responsibilities will consist of a combination of these offerings: German 1, 2, 3, Advanced German Language, and Advanced German Culture.

We actively seek applicants who reflect and support our mission-driven commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive school community. The School provides a competitive benefits package and salary is commensurate with experience. All faculty members at Concord Academy participate fully in the life of the School; responsibilities include advising, serving on committees and/or clubs, and periodically providing an adult presence at school events. Coaching an athletic team is welcomed but not required and is remunerated separately. On-campus housing may be available, but it is limited, and faculty members are not required to live at the School.

Interested candidates are asked to send a cover letter and resume by Friday, December 21, 2012 to:
Jenny Chandler
Dean of Faculty

To learn more about Concord Academy, please visit our website,

German: Können and mögen interview activities

Chris here again. Today I have a fun activity to share with fellow German teachers. These are two brief interview activities using modal verbs. The first features können while the second features mögen. Enjoy!

Können & Mögen interview activities 

News: Ohio State will use grant to create language institutes in Asia

Ohio State University's Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures has recently been awarded a $9.6 million grant from the U.S. State Department in order to set up  and maintain four languages institutes in Asia in order to help immerse student in the language and culture they are learning. You can read more about  Ohio State's grant and plans for the institutes via the article linked below:

Ohio State will use grant to create language institutes in Asia

News: English language learners need multiple ways to learn

In a recent blog post, education report Lesli A. Maxwell writes that English language learners need lessons that allow them to understand the content of the curriculum and express their ideas, rather than focus on their acquisition of English. She writes about a policy brief recently issued by the Alliance for Excellent Education that calls on states to rewrite their ELL standards to align their goals to Common Core State Standards. The policy brief also recommends states offer English learners multiple paths to language acquisition that would allow them to be included in academic classes with their English speaking peers. You can read more about this recent policy brief via the article linked below:

News: Mass. elementary schools consider adding Spanish to kindergarten

Next year, kindergarten students at schools in Sherborn and Dover, Mass., could be learning Spanish 20 minutes a day, four days a week, if school officials approve the plan set for debate in December. The language instruction will be added to each elementary grade, and students are expected to speak at an eighth grade level by the time they enter middle school. You can read more about these developments via the article linked below:

Mass. elementary schools consider adding Spanish to kindergarten

Friday, November 16, 2012

News: More teachers experimenting with flipped instruction

The concept of flipped instruction appears to be catching on in classrooms nationwide, as more teachers say their students are benefiting from the technique. 

What is flipped instruction?

The following link will provide you with some background information:

Essentially, flipped instruction (aka reversed instruction) requires students to view online lectures outside of class while using valuable class time for group and project work which might otherwise be assigned for homework.

A recent survey on flipped instruction found that among teachers who have utilized it, most report increased student achievement. The technique, however, is not without its detractors. It has drawn criticism from some who say not all students have equal access to technology at home. There certainly still is a technology gap among students. We would love to hear your thoughts on flipped instruction! Have you used the technique? What are its pros and cons? Let's start a discussion!

(Pic from viaAcademies. All rights theirs)

News: Chinese parents spend more each year on learning English

Increasingly, Chinese parents are investing in English education for their children, with some even spending more than $1,500 a year on lessons. Several of these programs use American textbooks and curricula as well as some which hire native English speakers from other countries to teach students. "It is expensive, but worth it," parent Zhang Xue said. You can read more about this increasing trend via the article linked below:

Friday, November 9, 2012

Jobs: Instructor, Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR

Mt. Hood Community College has the following position open.

Title: Instructor - German (Part-Time Application Pool)
Department: Modern Language
Posting Number: 0600731
Looking for an instructor(s) to teach German 101 Fall, 102 Winter, 103 Spring 1.10 to 3:30 TR

Responsible for providing quality instruction that will contribute to the learning experiences necessary for each student to meet the objectives of the course and to be successful in both their education and career development experiences.

Please read the Additional Posting Information and Special Instructions sections for important information and application instructions for this position.

If you are interested in applying for this position, you can apply for the position on our employment site at:

Jobs: German Lecturer, Univ. of Chicago, IL

German Lecturer
University of Chicago - Chicago, IL
November 07, 2012

Job Description
The University of Chicago Department of Germanic Studies seeks applicants
for a position as Lecturer to teach German 33300 in the Winter 2013 quarter.

The successful applicant must:
- hold a Ph.D. in German literature or linguistics
- possess native-like German AND English proficiency
- have extensive teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate level

- have taught or tutored graduate students preparing for a reading exam

Duties include:
- regular class meetings, 3 hours a week for ten weeks
- holding office hours, minimum 2 hours per week
- preparing lesson plans and assessing homework, quizzes and other
- keeping records of attendance, and computing and submitting final grades

Application includes a cover letter, CV, and list of courses taught, and
these must be submitted online via the University of Chicago Academic Career
Opportunities Web site:, Requisition #01537.

No application materials will be accepted after December 7, 2012.

Position contingent upon final budgetary approval.
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity

Flickr Update - More Japan!

Chris here again. After a successful presentation at the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (IFLTA) conference, we have increased our uploads to Flickr in order to meet the demand for pictures from Japan until we are prepared to release our first premium collection. We have added nearly 100 pictures over the course of the week to our Japanese sets on Flickr. We have also created a new set which features Motsuji Temple in Hiraizumi.

You can view the pictures on our photostream here:

Comments welcome!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Private Foreign Language Instructor (German) in Metro Detroit, MI‏

Foreign Language Instructor (German) in Metro Detroit

LinguaFlo, LLC is looking for several foreign language instructors with
specialties in Mandarin, Spanish and German to teach children part-time
after school hours. This work is intended for independent contractors
looking for supplementary income that are available on one or multiple days
during the week between 3pm and 6pm and/or during the day on Saturdays.
Exact times will be negotiated by LinguaFlo and the independent contractor
prior to the start of each class.

Classes will take place in various locations in Metro Detroit, including but
not limited to Troy, West Bloomfield, Farmington and Novi. Most classes
begin either the first or second week of January, 2013 and will meet 1x/week
for 1.5-2 hours. Teachers will be expected to design lesson plans for each
class based on the teacher's manual and guidelines provided to them.
Compensation will be $30 per hour of teaching.


- K12 teaching certification preferred but not required.
- Experience teaching a foreign language.
- Experience teaching children (preferably ages 9-12).
- Proof of fluency via a standardized proficiency test, such as the ACTFL
OPI (Advanced Low or higher) or a state certification test, OR native
speaker of the language of instruction.

About the Company

LinguaFlo is a premiere after school language school for children. This
school differentiates itself from its competitors in that the curriculum is
proficiency driven and will go beyond simple conversational language,
preparing students to pass state and national foreign language requirements
as articulated by the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages
(ACTFL). By completing our program students will be prepared to take the
STAMP Assessment and attain the proficiency needed to meet the Michigan
Merit Curriculum's World Language requirement for high school graduation.

To Apply

Email resume and proof of proficiency information to Julie Quasarano

Jobs: Adjunct Instructor Needed - Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO‏

The German Division at Saint Louis University is looking for an adjunct to
teach two first-year German classes (GR 110 first semester & GR 115 second
semester) during Spring semester 2013.

Both classes meet Mo, Tu, We, as well as for a mandatory Friday lab session.

GR 110 is scheduled at 10:00-10:50 am and GR 115 at 1:10-2:00 pm.

If you are interested or know of someone else who is interested, please have
them contact Dr. Nancy Twilley

Sunday, November 4, 2012

News: Will technology be able to expand Australian language teachers' reach?

Victoria, Australia: educators may turn to virtual classrooms -- where multiple classes of students are taught by one teacher over the Internet in order to fulfill a government promise to teach children a second language. However, a shortage of qualified language teachers means students will watch lessons in real time using videoconferencing. The government also is hoping to close the gap by investing new funding in the recruitment of qualified language teachers over the next three years. You can read more about these developments via the article linked below:

News: Using videos in the ELL classroom

Research has shown that videos are great learning tools for language learners. However, if not done in strategic ways, they can be overwhelming for students. In a recent blog post, teacher Larry Ferlazzo and guest blogger Katie Hull Sypnieski outline eight ways to incorporate videos in the classroom. They include methods for using the videos to spark class dialogue or group discussions as well as pair videos with writing exercises. You can check out their article below:

How do use videos in the classroom?

News: Most popular educational Twitter hashtags

Hello all, Chris here again. Today we have a guest infographic from This graphic features all of the top education hashtags for Twitter! Expand your education and language teaching network instantly!

Popular Educational Twitter Hashtags
Compiled By:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Jobs: Maternity Sub Needed - Frankenmuth High School, MI‏

This school is in need of a long term sub for a maternity leave. The
teacher is taking 10 weeks beginning December 10. The position is
part-time, mornings, at Frankenmuth High School in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
The position is for German I, German II and a combined German III / AP
German. Please contact Jennifer Fruendt at
or by phone at 989-798-7143.


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