Learn more about the competition at the Goethe-Institut website.
Many people, especially young people, may feel powerless in relation to climate change and schools can play an important role by strengthening the ability of young people to innovate and to act. Through the competition "Umwelt macht Schule", teams of students explore the ecological situation in their community, street or school i order to draw the public's attention to the existing ecological situation.
Learn more about the competition at the Goethe-Institut website.
Would you and your students like to prepare for the oral HSC exam together with other German learners? We offer a day with intensive communicative activities for high school students from different schools, who prepare for the oral exam under the guidance of experienced teachers.
24 May – Beginners HSC Day
31 May – Continuers HSC Day
7 June – Extension HSC Day
Each day runs from 9am-2pm.
Full details and to register: https://www.goethe.de/ins/au/de/spr/unt/kal.cfm
All German teachers are invited to attend the "Baking for Advent" free workshop. Guest chef Helge Hagemann from Hamburg and pastry chef Brigit Marx of Sugar Plum Bakery in Sydney will lead the culinary workshop.
Date: Monday 12 November 2018
Place: Goethe Institut 90 Ocean Street Woollahra
Please note that this event is not suitable for participants who have nut allergies. Limited places available, so get in quick and register with the Goethe Institut or contact Marina Shine.
The 2018 National Conference for Teachers of German will be held from 31 August to 1 September 2018 at Bayview Eden, Melbourne.
Registrations are closing on Friday 17 August – please register through this link if you are interested in attending the event. This year's guest speakers are Rebecca Rashid from the Goethe-Institut in Berlin and Maria Fischer-Siregar from the Goethe-Institut in Indonesia.
For further information, visit the conference page or contact Jelena Herster.
The Goethe Institut, in collaboration with AIS, will hold a workshop for Stage 6 German teachers on the new school-based assessment tasks.
The workshop day will be a hands-on process of contributing ideas and sharing resources.
Date: Monday 6 August 2018
Time: 9.00 – 1.00pm
Venue: Goethe Institut, 90 Ocean Street, Woollhara
Registration deadline: 30 July 2018
To register, click on this link.
Each year students from all over Australia produce short films which are screened in the German School Film Festivals in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The best films from each category in each city are entered in the final to win the German School Film Award in Australia.
The winning entries from 2017, on the topic of Deutschland im Jahr 3017, will be determined by an online vote.
Voting starts on Monday 19 February and will close on Sunday 4 March 2018.
The three finalists in each category (primary, junior secondary and senior secondary) can be viewed online.
Use the online voting form to vote for your favourite films.
The film with the most votes in each category will be awarded the National German School Film Award 2018 and receive a German DVD.
The winning films will be announced in mid March.
The Goethe-Institut Sydney invites students of German in Year 10 to participate in this competition to attend a 3-week language course in Germany in January 2019.
The winner will receive a scholarship for a 3-week language course, including airfares and full board. Second and third place winners will be awarded an intensive holiday course at the Goethe-Institut Sydney, to be taken before November 2019.
To apply for the award students need to:
- hand in a flyer, poster or brochure in GERMAN presenting “Deutsch in meiner Welt”
- write a supporting letter in ENGLISH (approx. 200 words) explaining why he/she is the ideal candidate for this scholarship.
Application deadline: 30 March 2018
The application form is attached below, and you can contact Inken Steeb at the Goethe-Institut Sydney for more information.
The February 2018 Goethe Institut newsletter has arrived, with lots to offer NSW German teachers.
To keep in touch with the Goethe-Insitut and stay informed about the fantastic range of support they offer to teachers of German, contact Claudia Steiner-Taylor who will add you to the mailing list: Claudia.Steiner-Taylor@goethe.de
HSC CONTINUERS AND EXTENSION DAY – FREE WORKSHOP
Would you and your students like to prepare for the HSC oral exam with other German learners? The Goethe-Insitut is running a workshop with intensive communicative activities for high school students from different schools, who prepare for the oral exam under the guidance of experienced teachers.
Dates for 2018:
HSC Continuers Day: 4 May 2018
HSC Extension Day: 1 June 2018
Target group: HSC Continuers/Extension
Duration: 9am – 2 pm
For more information contact Inken Steeb.
Ph. 8356 8342
NATIONAL SCHOOL FILM AWARD
Each year students all over Australia produce short films which are screened in the German School Film Festivals in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The best films from each category in each city are entered in the finale – the German School Film Prize in Australia.
The National German School Film Award 2018 for the winning entries from 2017 with the topic Deutschland im Jahr 3017 will be held as a digital Vote for the Winner event.
VOTE for your favourite school film entry.
The films with the most votes will win the National German School Film Award 2018 and receive a German DVD. The winning films will be announced in mid March.
TEACHING AND LEARNING PROJECTS AND MATERIALS
Kalendar 2018 – Sport in Deutschland
The new 2018 wall calendar has arrived. This year's title is Sport in Deutschland. Each month is presented with an image on the front page and further information on the back page, including statements of young people, interviews, cartoons and statistics. The calendar addresses topics of interest to young people aged between 15 and 25, such as swimming, skiing, climbing, break dance, surfing, vaulting and unicycling. Of course one of the most important topics this year will be soccer. The materials are perfectly suitable for the German class room.
All pages and additional teaching material for each month are available for download from the Goethe Institut website.
Enterprise German – Unternehmen Deutsch promotes the collaboration between schools and German companies/or Australian companies with a relationship to German speaking countries within the region. Applications for Term 2, 2018 are now open.
Lego Mindstorms – robotics and coding in German
LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 is a robot composed of a programmable computer, motors and sensors. The robots can be built into different models using LEGO bricks. Depending on the complexity of the project LEGO MINDSTORMS are suited to students from Years 5 to 9.
Coding with Blue-Bot: resources for primary schools (K–2)
Blue-Bot is a small robot that can be programmed using a tablet or PC or with the arrows on the robot itself. Through this coding game students adopt new skills in Digital Technologies and learn German at the same time. Additionally, with the Goethe-Institut’s classroom mats other learning areas can be integrated in the German lessons.
The Goethe Institut Sydney is running German courses for students in Years 10-12 in both the January and April school holidays 2018. HSC preparation courses are available for Continuers and Extension students from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 January, and from Monday 16 to Friday 20 April. The courses address the themes and topics specified in the syllabuses.
An intensive grammar course is also available in Terms 1 and 2 2018.
For more information, visits the Goethe Institut website or contact Mignon Uebele at the Goethe Institut Sydney.
Stay informed of all the latest news and events from the Goethe-Institut: Contact Claudia Steiner-Taylor to sign up to the Goethe-Insitute Newsletter for Teachers.
A reminder to all NSW Department of Education teachers of German, that the Language and Culture team is offering scholarships to support secondary German teachers from NSW public schools to attend the Goethe Institute 2018 German Summer School on Ocean Street, from 8-15 January 2018.
The department is offering up to five partial scholarships to secondary teachers of German currently employed in NSW public schools. The scholarships will cover 50% of the event registration fee plus up to $500 towards accommodation and travel expenses.
This event provides a targeted immersion experience for German learners/teachers at various levels of language competence, and also offers a five-day professional learning module for teachers with a language level of B1 and above.
This year, for the first time, the Goethe Insitut is offering the new module “Landeskunde” (an addition to DLL 5: “Lernmaterialien und Medien”), which will focus on the following questions:
• What do you consider as “Landeskunde”?
• What is culture?
• Which cultural topics or learning objectives are taught in a textbook unit?
In this professional development course, you will develop units that you can use in your lessons to gradually introduce your students to the topic of “Landeskunde”. The module is designed to enhance your personal teaching practice and expand your intercultural teaching 'toolbox'.
Don't forget, members of the NSW MLTA are also eligible to apply for funding for up to 50% of the event registration cost.
If you are a secondary teacher of German in a NSW public school, and are interested in receiving support to attend this valuable professional learning event, please complete the attached EOI and return it with a one page supporting statement to Michelle Walls by 5pm on Tuesday 21 November 2017 (Note: We have extended the closing date).
If you have any questions regarding the scholarship opportunity, please contact Michelle Walls on (02) 9244 5573 or via email.
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