Teacher Training

Aspects of American Culture 2018

Event Information

  • Friday, March 16, 2018 - Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • Pretzscher Straße 20
  • 06721 Osterfeld

Aspects of American Culture 2018

This annual event enables teachers and students of English to expand their knowledge of various issues concerning American culture as well as literature and provides them with helpful teaching material in order to transfer this knowledge into the EFL-classroom. The lecturers – native speakers of English and specialists in American literature, culture, and teaching – will offer practically relevant presentations and conversation sessions will allow for further discussions of the topics presented during the conference and beyond.

From March 16 to 17, 2018, teachers and students from Thuringia, Saxony, Lower Saxony, and Saxony-Anhalt will participate in lectures, conversation sessions, and workshops, which offer insight into complex topics of American culture and their practical relevance for the English foreign language classroom. This year’s presentations and workshops will focus on the American Civil Rights Movement and access to education, how the current American school system contributes towards social (in-)equality, Latino literature and immigration fiction, as well as on ecocritical perspectives in American photography.

Organized by:
U.S. Embassy Berlin
Muhlenberg Center for American Studies (MCAS)
Thüringer Institut für Lehrerfortbildung, Lehrplanentwicklung und Medien
(Thillm; 195300301)
Landesinstitut für Schulqualität und Lehrerbildung Sachsen-­Anhalt
(LISA; 17L162004)

Sponsored by:

Program

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Friday,
March 16
10:00

Welcome and Introduction

Ines Klausch, LISA Halle
Nele Rodiek, MCAS Halle
Tanya Brothen, U.S. Embassy Berlin

10:15 –
11:00

Lecture: “Ecocriticism/Anthropocene and American Photography”

Verena Laschinger (Erfurt)

11:00 –
11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 –
13:00

Workshop I: “Teaching Latino Immigration Fiction”

Nele Rodiek (Halle)

or

Workshop II: “Dr. Seuss for All Ages”

Michelle Sudbrock (Wittenberg)

13:00 –
14:00

Lunch

14:00 –
14:45

Conversation Sessions

(small groups with lecturers)

Janet Russell (Halle)
Michelle Sudbrock (Wittenberg)
Natalie DuBois (Schkopau)

16:00 –
17:30

Guided Tour of Naumburg

with students from the Landesschule Pforta

18:00 Dinner
Saturday,
March 17
09:00 –
10:30

Workshop III: “Ruby Bridges, Norman Rockwell and the Problem We All Live With”

Leslie Speicher (Wittenberg)

or

Workshop IV: “(Un)equal Opportunities: Race, Class and Education in America”

Elizabeth Steding (Fulbright Fellow at University of Münster)

 

10:30 –
10:45
Coffee Break
10:45 –
12:15

Workshop I: “Teaching Latino Immigration Fiction”

Nele Rodiek (Halle)

or

Workshop II: “Dr. Seuss for All Ages”

Michelle Sudbrock (Wittenberg)

12:15 –
12:30

Final Feedback

12:30 Lunch, departures

Venue

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Atrium Hotel Amadeus Osterfeld

This year’s teacher training will take place in Osterfeld, Saxony-Anhalt. The exact venue is the following:

Atrium Hotel Amadeus
Pretzscher Straße 20
06721 Osterfeld

Accommodation

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Atrium Hotel Amadeus Osterfeld

We will book a room for you for Friday night at the Atrium Hotel. The address is the same as for the event’s venue.

Contact

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Nele Rodiek

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Adam-Kuckhoff-Straße 35
06108 Halle (Saale)
GERMANY
Tel.     : +49-(0)345-55-23549
E-Mail: nele.rodiek@amerikanistik.uni-halle.de