Teacher Training

Aspects of American Culture 2019

Event Information

  • Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Augustinerstraße 10
  • 99084 Erfurt

Aspects of American Culture 2019

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.

On March 15, 2019, 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 cross-cultural exchange in language learning, American popular music, media literacy, and wordless picture books in the EFL classroom.

Organized and sponsored by:

Thüringer Institut für Lehrerfortbildung, Lehrplanentwicklung und Medien
(Thillm; 205300102)
Landesinstitut für Schulqualität und Lehrerbildung Sachsen-­Anhalt
(LISA; 18L162003)
Muhlenberg Center for American Studies (MCAS)

Program

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Friday, March 15 10:00

Welcome and Introduction

Ines Klausch, LISA
Helga Hämmerling, Thillm

10:15 –
11:00

Lecture: “The cross cultural exchange in language learning”

Emily Norris, Consul for Political and Economic Affairs, U.S. Consulate General Leipzig

11:00 –
11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 –
13:00
Workshops in Parallel Sessions

Workshop I: “Lyrics: Poetics of American Popular Music”

Dr. Verena Laschinger, Erfurt

or

Workshop II: “A modern Cyrano de Bergerac story: developing film literacy and awareness of new/social media (mis-)use via the American teen comedy-drama Sierra Burgess Is a Loser”

Dr. Charlott Falkenhagen, Jena

13:00 –
14:00
Lunch
14:00 –
15:30
Workshops in Parallel Sessions

Workshop I: “Lyrics: Poetics of American Popular Music”

Dr. Verena Laschinger, Erfurt

or

Workshop III: “Wordless picture books in the 6 – 8 grades”

Michelle Sudbrock

15:30 –
16:00
Coffee Break
16:00 –
16:45

Conversation Sessions

(small groups with lecturers)

Natalie DuBois
Earl Flanagan
Michelle Sudbrock
David Rinderknecht

16:45 –
17:00

Final Feedback

Venue

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Contact

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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