Kurzfilme im Deutschunterricht

AATG-CT President Christine Dombrowki

Iris Bork-Goldfield conducted a workshop on “The Use of Short Films in the German Language Classroom”  for German teachers at Wesleyan University on January 29, 2011. The workshop was sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

Renare Ringstadt, Christi Kochefko
Julia Assaiante, Anna Huber, Vera Grant, Krishna Winston

GuteKunst: Goethe-Institut announces Prize for Young Translators

The Goethe-Institut New York is pleased to invite applications for the first Frederick and Grace Gutekunst Prize for Young Translators. The purpose of the prize is to identify and encourage outstanding students of translation and of the German language and assist them in establishing contact with the translation and publishing communities.

The prize, which comes with a cash award of $2,500, is open to all college students and translators under the age of 35 who, at the time the prize is awarded, have not yet published nor are under contract for a book-length translation from the German. Applications will be accepted only from candidates who live in the United States.

To get more information and to find out how to participate, please follow this link:

Gutekunst Prize for Young Translators

Hänsel und Gretel und die tapferen Flöhe Incorporating the Fairy Tale into the 21st-Century German Classroom

Iris Bork-Goldfield presented at the 2010 Connecticut Council Of Language Teachers (CT COLT) Fall Conference on October 25th. In their two-hour workshop for secondary and post-secondary German educators, Christine Kochefko (Ridgefield HS) and Iris Bork-Goldfield discussed the teaching of “traditional” Grimm’s fairy tales with new media. They presented creative student projects using Photostory and VoiceThread and showed how these media tools helps with the assessment of student oral performance.  The presentation concluded with a discussion of multicultural themes in fairy tales by the Syrian-born German author Rafik Schami

Sommerfest – Celebrating the End of the Academic Year

On May 8, we came together to honor our students and to celebrate the end of the academic year.

Here are some pictures:

Heather Stanton ’10, who is about to graduate with a double major in History and German Studies, presents her Honor-Thesis “Where German Hearts are Molded: Historical Memory and State Legitimation in the German Democratic Republic, 1945-1989.”

The chair of the German Studies department Leo Lensing awards prizes to our students:Linnea Damer ’10 won the Scott Prize, Heather Stanton ’10 won the Prentice Prize, and James Gardner ’13, Matt Alexander ’12, and Katherine Wolf ’12 the Blankenagel Prize. Adam Rashkoff ’13, Adrian Rothschild ’12, and Catherine Doren ’13 received the annual Book Prize presented by the Department of behalf of the German Consulate in Boston.

Iris Bork-Goldfield was honored for being an enthusiastic teacher, a great thesis-advsisor for Heather Stanton’s Honor Thesis, and not at least a wonderful colleague.

From left: Helen Reeve, Jerry Wensinger, and our colleague and Dean of the Arts and Sciences, Krishna Winston; in the background: Matthew Alexander.

From left: our students Anya Olsen and Catherine Doren, in the background: Matthew Alexander.

And now, we wish our seniors a wonderful and happy commencement, and everyone a joyful and sunny summer!!!

Soldiers, Gramophones, And Other Stories: Author Saša Stanišić reads at Wesleyan

sasaposter_3.inddThe German Studies Department and the Center for the Humanities invite you to meet Bosnian-born German writer Saša Stanišić, who will read from his novel, How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone, a very pictorial and linguistically inventive novel about the Balkan wars seen through the eyes of 14-year-old Aleksander, who has fled from the Bosnian town of Višegrad to Germany. In addition, Saša will present his latest works, accompanied by a lyrical photo essay. He will read in German and English.

The event will take place Thursday, April 1, at 5:00 p.m. at Russell House. Reception to follow.

For further information contact Iris Bork-Goldfield at ibork@wesleyan.edu