From the Refugee Crisis to Black Lives Matter – Teaching about Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Equity in German-speaking

Webinar am 1. Dezember 15:30-17 Uhr

Lieselotte Sippel ist AATG-CT Testing Chair & Lektor an Yale University,

Ingrid Zeller, Associate Professor of Instruction an Northwestern University und AATG Chapter Presidents’ Representative.

Dieses Webinar wendet sich an High-School und College Unterrichtende.

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Help celebrate Keith’s retirement as AATG Executive Director

Recognize his many valuable contributions to language education everywhere

About this Event (click here for a free ticket!)

This free online reception on August 16th will start at 5 PM Eastern/4 PM Central/3 PM Mountain/2 PM Pacific on Sunday, August 16, 2020. First there will be a photo show and then time for people to express recollections and good stories, as well as to thank Keith. Please use this Zoom link to access the online reception: Meeting ID: 969 8443 0627 Passcode: 131563

You may also listen in via phone by calling this number: +1 929 436 2866 (New York) If prompted to enter a meeting ID/passcode, use the information above.

Contact Doug Philipp ( if you have any questions or need any assistance. If you know one of Doug’s other email addresses, you may write him there.


  1. AATG has put together two wonderful webinars that specifically address our current needs. Thanks to Sarah Floyd, Matt Harring, Andrew Cambron, and, of course, our current president Doug Philipp for sharing such excellent resources!  These range in topics from F-L-A-CH, FILMS, and MUSIC to STEM/MINT, just to name a few  – please be sure to explore them as well. Use the membership code on the AATG site to access them for free–> Click HERE.
  2. Please find Matt Harring’s presentation that he sent since not all of it was visible on the webinar by clicking HERE
  3. AATG has also officially published a list of resources that you might revisit regularly as the sites are updated HERE.

Winston Named Honorary Fellow of the American Association of Teachers of German

An article by Olivia Drake

The American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) recently named Krishna Winston, Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literature, Emerita, an honorary fellow of the association. The fellowship is limited to 25 fellows worldwide.

Founded in 1926, the AATG has nearly 3,500 members and “believes that bringing the language, literature, and cultures of the German speaking-world to all Americans is a vital humanistic endeavor, which serves an essential national interest,” according to its website.

To receive this honor, Winston was nominated by 10 colleagues, with the nomination approved by the Honorary Fellows Committee and voted on by the Association membership at its 2019 annual meeting. According to the AATG, honorary fellows are “men and women of letters of international distinction who have contributed to the advancement of German studies in the fields of literary studies, literary criticism, linguistics, creative writing, translation, and second language acquisition.”

Iris Bork-Goldfield, chair and adjunct professor of German studies, made the initial recommendation. She’s known Winston for more than 20 years.

“Krishna has devoted her life to the German language and literature. With her many celebrated translations of works by Golo Mann, Siegfried Lenz, Peter Handke, and of course Günther Grass, just to name a few, she has enabled millions of English speakers to appreciate German literature,” Bork-Goldfield said in her nomination letter. “Apart from being a brilliant translator, Professor Winston has educated generations of American students as a teacher of German. She is a passionate teacher, deeply committed to her students whom she inspires to enjoy German literature, study abroad in Germany, apply for scholarships to teach and /or do research in German-speaking countries, and become engaged citizens.”

Winston, who retired from Wesleyan in 2019, recently published a volume of four film narratives by Werner Herzog, Scenarios III (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), and has just completed translations of a novel and an essay by Peter Handke. Her translation of the address Handke delivered upon receiving the 2019 Nobel Prize can be found on the Swedish Academy’s Nobel Prize website. She is currently working on another Handke essay.

Winston remains actively engaged in campus life. In the fall of 2019, she taught her First-Year Seminar “The Simple Life?”, and she continues to serve as an advisor to the Community Standards Board, support the University’s sustainability efforts, and participate in the nomination process for Fulbright, Watson, and Udall fellowships.

“Krishna Winston has been a great source of motivation and inspiration for everyone around her, in the US and in Germany,” Bork-Goldfield said. “Her lifelong dedication to promoting German, be it as a teacher or a translator, complemented by her and her social activism, makes her an ideal honorary fellow.”

2019 in Connecticut

Cheshire High School, A Report by Kristin Haase

October 3rd – October 18th: Nineteen exchange students and two teachers arrived from the Königin-Luise Schule in Köln. They were here with us at Cheshire High School for 2 weeks and attended school and lived with host families. Some events during that time were: Welcome Breakfast, a tour of Yale University and a farewell pizza party.

Every year I host an Oktoberfest in my classroom, and when the exchange students are here, I make sure to plan for a day when they can participate as well. For the Oktoberfest I take orders and buy the sausages at Noack’s in Meriden. I bring in my electric grill and grill all afternoon in the classroom. The school smells really good!

I am now in the process of planning our return exchange for August 2020. The German students are here with us in the fall in odd numbered years, and we go in the summer in the even numbered years.This exchange has been going on since 1983.

November 14th:  Twelve students attended “Career Immersion Day” at

UCONN. (Students from E.O. Smith and Staples High School were also there) On this day students were able to learn about UCONN’s EuroTech program, take part in a lesson run by a TA, have lunch together and take part in a Quiz Bowl.

Wilton High School, A Report by Christine Higgins

APRIL/MAY 2019-A busy April for Wilton German students

German students at Wilton High School have had an eventful Spring.  On April 3rd German students, along with other language students, competed in the COLT (Connecticut Council of Language Teachers Poetry Recitation contest) in Vernon, CT.  Two German students, Caelah Kennedy & Maxwell Downing received Silver and Bronze medals. The day after, on April 4th, German students had the opportunity to go on a field trip to the Yale University Art Gallery.  There, they focused discussion on artwork by German artists Cranach & Grosz, and Swiss artist, Giacometti.  This field trip was in conjunction with their recent learning about Der Blaue Reiter (the Blue Rider) group.  The Blue Rider group was a Munich-based art group (1911-14), and was very important to German expressionism. Artists such as Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky were involved in the movement, and some of their work is also on display at Yale. A delicious Swiss Fondue lunch was enjoyed at Au Chalet in New Haven after the visit to the gallery.

Shortly after this field trip, German students also had the opportunity to attend many cultural and artistic events put on by the Festival at Wilton High School the week before Spring break, including their own two German performances!  German students performed in both “Deutschland hat Talent (Germany’s got Talent!)” which highlighted German pop music, poetry, classical piano, etc. and “German Fairy Tales” where students learned about the history of the fairy tales, their connection to Germany and upper-level German students performed Snow White (Schneewittchen), Hansel & Gretel & Cinderella (Aschenputtel) in German!

Lastly, six German students from Wilton High School (Melissa Arenas, Nicholas Ivanov, Tess Nobles, Sinéad Roché, Trevor Silvia, & Lukas Witzke) were honored at the annual AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) banquet held at the Norwalk Inn on April 26th for their stellar performance on the National German Exam, earning them bronze, silver, and gold medals. This banquet has over 120 students and parents in attendance and serves a traditional German meal. Current student speakers from UCONN in the EuroBiz and EuroTech Dual German degree programs, also spoke to students about the many opportunities with German in the STEM and Business career fields.

OCTOBER-  It was a busy two weeks October 17-31st  for the Wilton High School German classes and German Honor Society.  Four students from Überlingen am Bodensee, Germany stayed with Wilton High School students and their families.  This is a very exciting exchange, as it is a 40 year partnership between     the town of Überlingen and the state of CT.  Historically, the exchange started in Ridgefield, and now has continued with Wilton High School and Fairfield Prep leading the program.  There were 23 German exchange students and two teachers here this year. Students from Wilton High School enjoyed forming transatlantic friendships, practicing their German, taking part in activities with German exchange students and Fairfield Prep students, and showing the German exchange students Fall/Halloween customs and traditions in CT.

The exchange teachers from Germany also led trips for the students to NYC, Hartford, Yale, and Fairfield. On October 28th, the German classes also celebrated German-American friendship and made intercultural connections when the WanderBus (sponsored by the Goethe Institut in Washington D.C.) came to Wilton High School for the day. On that day, not only did all 23 German exchange students come to Wilton for the day, but also, our German students had a chance to interact with them with activities provided by the WanderBus team and their teachers. 

The WanderBus visited 65 schools across the country and we were one of the final stops! Students enjoyed conversing with German exchange students, but also loved the virtual reality simulators on board the WanderBus, games, prizes, and even the photo booth! A great time was had by all. The German teachers and students would like to thank the school, Dr. O’Donnell, and the families for a wonderful time had in Wilton, CT. Many memories were made on both sides.


DECEMBER-  German students at Wilton High School enjoyed the annual Gingerbread house competition.  This is a project in conjunction with the house and family unit, the fairy tale unit (Hansel & Gretel) and the study of the history of Lebkuchen and the city of Nuremberg.



Wesleyan University, Fall 2019, Report by Iris Bork-Goldfield

The Bauhaus was founded in 1919 and closed in 1933.  One hundred years since its beginning, this school of architecture, art, and design continues to be celebrated in Germany and around the world as the model of modernism.

A poster exhibition of Bauhaus posters and works by Kandinsky, Klee, photos of buildings by Gropius and Mies van der Rohe were prominently exhibited on the fourth floor in Fisk Hall from September 1 – November 9, 2019.

Professor Joseph Siry, talked about Dessau, Then and Now: The Bauhaus and Contemporary Green Building. The Bauhaus ideal of creative collaboration for the making of modern architecture has long been identified with the Bauhaus building in Dessau of 1925–26 by Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer. Recently the Bauhaus approach inspired the work of contemporary architects in the nearby building for Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) of 1998–2005, which synthesizes ideas of landscape and energy use.

Brenda Danilowitz, Chief Curator of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation talked about Bauhaus: The Cradle of Modernism. Myth and Reality. Her talk explored some of the myths and realities that underlie the history and the idea of the Bauhaus with a digression into the contribution of Bauhaus artists Josef and Anni Albers who made their eventual home in Connecticut in 1950.

On October 11, a group of Wesleyan students and professors visited the David Zwirner gallery in NYC to view the Anni Albers and Paul Klee exhibition. Guided tour by David Leiber.

On October 25, a group of Wesleyan students and professors went on an excursion to the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, CT: A guided tour and hands-on activities were organized by Fritz Horstmann, Artist Residency and Education Coordinator.

Professor Joel Westerdale (Smith College) talked about The Film of Tomorrow! Walther Ruttmann and the Bauhaus. Contemporaneous with the golden age of Weimar cinema, the Bauhaus had radical filmic ambitions. Yet few of its cinematic efforts would make it beyond the draft stage. One can, however, find many of these ambitions realized in the concurrent films of Walter Ruttmann, a filmmaker with no official association with the Bauhaus, but who nevertheless falls under its sway. Presentation by Joel Westerdale, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of German Studies, Smith College, will include clips from Ruttmann’s early abstract films, his classic Berlin, Symphony of the Big City (1927), and his work in film advertising.

On November 1, Wesleyan’s Curator Miya Tokumitsu’s and Professor Katherine Kuenzli’s special viewing of  Wesleyan-owned artworks Bauhaus-affiliated artists concluded our Bauhaus series which was partly funded by the German Embassy in Washington D.C.

Summer Seminars for German teachers and students in 2019

The 3-week Mit Deutsch in die Zukunft seminar, June 16-July 6, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany, is specifically designed for undergraduate students (6+ semesters), graduate students, and teachers with 3 years experience or less. It includes methodology workshops, exploring visual literacy, individualized language development, Werbung für das Fach Deutsch, and more. Apply by March 1.  


During the 2-week seminar Alltag raus, Österreich rein – ins DaF-Klassenzimmer!, July 26-July 7, 2019, in Vienna and Graz, K-16 teachers will discover the diversity of Austria by exploring literature, art, music, language, politics, and Austrian history, and delve into contemporary everyday life. Apply by March 1.   

The Institut für Internationale Kommunikation offers AATG members the opportunity to participate in either or both of these one-week seminars in Düsseldorf: Methodentraining fach- und berufsbezogenes Deutsch, July 15-19, 2019, and Methodentraining Deutsch als Fremdsprache, July 22-26, 2019. Find more information here

The 4-week Internationaler Lehrerfortbildungskurs at Heidelberg UniversityAugust 1-28, 2019, is designed to develop the language abilities and teaching skills of DaF-teachers who are non-native German speakers. Participants work with various instructors and choose modules from a wide variety of topics. Apply by March 1

You can find more details about all of these programs on the AATG website.