Teacher Training

Current Issues of American Culture in the EFL Classroom: Annual ASC Meeting 2015

Event Information

  • Thursday, November 26, 2015 - Saturday, November 28, 2015
  • LEUCOREA Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Collegienstraße 62
  • 06886 Wittenberg, Lutherstadt

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Current Issues of American Culture in the EFL Classroom: Annual ASC Meeting 2015

Organized by Dr. Julia Nitz

Annual American Studies Committee Meeting 2015

November 26-28, 2015, Lutherstadt Wittenberg

The teacher training “Current Issues in the EFL-Classroom” is part of a long-established series of annual teacher trainings under the auspices of the American Studies Committee. The ASC was founded in the 1980s to bring teachers together who act as teacher trainers, program coordinators, and department heads in the field of English. Since its inauguration, the seminar series has been supported by the U.S. Consulate General Leipzig and the U.S. Embassy Berlin.

Below, you will find further specifics, such as the program, for the fourteenth ASC Meeting in Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

Sponsored by:

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Logo Leucorea 60  GoingGreenLogo Kopie

Program

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Thursday, November 26 15:00 Arrival and Check-in
16:30

Welcome and Introduction

Prof. Dr. Erik Redling (MCAS)
Dr. Julia Nitz (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)

17:00

Lecture: “A text = a text (unless it’s a #tweet): The Catfish Effect in a Culture of Relentless Optimism and Pervasive Deception”

Dr. Babette Babich (Fordham University, NYC; Fulbright Professor, Humboldt University Berlin)

19:00 Dinner Buffet (Leucorea Library)
20:00 Film Screening (Leucorea Auditorium)
Friday, November 27 08:00 Breakfast (Leucorea)
09:00

Lecture: “American Elections 2016: Change or Continuity?”

Dr. Paul Rundquist (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)

10:00

Lecture: “American Reality Television”

Dr. Verena Laschinger (Erfurt University)

11:00 Coffee Break
11:30

Conversation Groups with Lecturers

13:00 Off-Time
15:00

Workshop I: “Classroom Blogging – Blogging in the Classroom? Incentives for Using Blogs in ELT”

Dr. Peter Schildhauer (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)

16:30 Coffee Break
17:00

Workshop II: “Woody Allen Films in the EFL-classroom”

Dr. Carsten Albers (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)

19:00 Thanksgiving Dinner at the Best Western Stadtpalais Wittenberg
Saturday, November 28 07:30 Breakfast (Leucorea)
08:30

“Going Green – Education for Sustainability, Teaching About US and Elections 2016: An Update and Preview”

Dr. Martina Kohl (U.S. Embassy Berlin)

09:30

Workshop III: “Baseball and Teeter—Totters—Good Communication is Child’s Play”

Michelle Sudbrock (Wittenberg)

11:00 Coffee Break
11:30

Workshop IV: “The New Woman in Short Fiction”

Dr. Julia Nitz (MLU Halle-Wittenberg) and Laura S. Rommelfanger (Leipzig University)

13:00 Feedback and Farewell

Venue

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Leucorea

The conference will be held at the Leucorea Foundation in the city of Wittenberg.

Situated in the heart of Wittenberg, the Leucorea Foundation represents an ideal conference venue providing ample space for conference sessions as well as for lodging and board for all participants.

For further information please visit the Leucorea Foundation’s website.

The address of the Leucorea Foundation is:
Stiftung Leucorea
Collegienstraße 62
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg

 

Accommodation

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Leucorea

Situated in the heart of Wittenberg, the Leucorea Foundation represents an ideal conference venue providing ample space for conference sessions as well as for lodging and board for all participants.

With direct access to Wittenberg’s central pedestrian area, the Leucorea is located in close proximity to the Luther House, in which Martin Luther spent most of his active life, and St. Mary’s Church with the famous altar designed by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

You will be lodging at the Leucorea in single rooms (unless booked otherwise). The rooms at the Leucorea are fully equipped with en-suite bathrooms, television, telephone, and internet access. Catering service will supply us with breakfast and coffee/tea during breaks.

Rates for additional nights (single room) and double rooms are:
single room: 35,00 EUR/night
double room (for two persons): 45 EUR/night

*These rates do not include breakfast.

For further information please visit the Leucorea Foundation’s website.

 

Directions

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By train

Take a train to Lutherstadt Wittenberg Hauptbahnhof (main station).
You can check timetables and book a ticket on the website of the Deutsche Bahn AG.

The embedded map to the left will help you get from the train station to the Leucorea Foundation. The walking distance is approx. 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a taxi.

By car

The address of the Leucorea, Collegienstraße, is a pedestrian area only. Therefore, please enter ‘Wallstraße’ into your GPS. This street will lead you to the Leucorea’s (rather limited) parking area and also offers further public parking areas.

Contact

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Prof. Dr. Erik Redling

Managing Director

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Phone: +49 345 55-23520
erik.redling@amerikanistik.uni-halle.de

Dr. Julia Nitz

Organizer

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Phone: +49 345 55-23547
julia.nitz@amerikanistik.uni-halle.de

Registration

Please register at julia.nitz@amerikanistik.uni-halle.de.

deadline: September 30, 2015

Payment details

fees:

teachers: 100€

teacher students (Referendare): 50€

students: 25€ (funded by ZLB Sachsen-Anhalt)

fees include:

2 nights at the Leucorea
2x breakfast
dinner buffet on Thursday night
Thanksgiving Dinner on Friday night
full program

Payment must be received by October 25, 2015.

Please transfer the sum total to the following account:

Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Deutsche Bundesbank, Filiale Magdeburg
Bank code (BLZ): 810 000 00
Account number: 800 015 24
Purpose of payment: D01011002 ASC-meeting 2015

For money transfers from outside Germany:

BIC: MARKDEF1810
IBAN: DE05 8100 0000 0080 0015 24