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1 Champaign CUSD 4 GERMAN: “Our Department” Centennial High School 913 S Crescent Dr Champaign, IL 61821

2 Our Philosophy: 5 Great Ideas from German Class Englisch ist eine germanische Sprache. English is a Germanic language.: This means German is easy! Most vocabulary words are cognates. Teaching methods are modern and interactive. Klein aber fein. Small but fine.: we don’t have the enrollment of Spanish or the popular attention of Chinese, but German in Unit #4 is a classy department with lots of cultural activities and pathways for success. We form a tight learning community. Deutschland ist eine moderne Demokratie. Germany is a modern democracy.: Young Germans responsibly acknowledge their country’s past while presently taking on respected and trusted international leadership roles. Germans are our defense partners in NATO, our business partners in the G-8, and our academic partners in STEM. Das 21. Jahrhundert. The 21 st Century.: Knowing about Europe is a 21 st century skill. Germany is the driving force behind the European Union. Deutsch ist cool! German is cool!: Rick Steves told his own son, “Learn German and go to Berlin!” Germans love sports, theater, movies, literature, music, travel, cars, and other languages, and they excel at them!

3 Recruiting 8 th graders for high school German: Our Promotional Flyer

4 Our German Room at Centennial H.S.

5 OUR CURRICULUM German I: Intro (STEM focus numeracy); German II, III-1 st Semester:Honors (application); German III-2 nd Semester: Pre-AP Honors; German IV: AP Honors; Parkland College:Dual Credit German Department for both Central High School and Centennial High School housed in Centennial Lesson Plans – UbD and Standards-based Grading IPA summative and formative assessments; Rubrics Deutsch Aktuell Thematic Units Literacy Methods and Classroom Library Sony e-readers with German Literature Culture Technology – wiki page with student submissions Communicative Participation Structures

6 Our German Teacher, Frau Malloy Her motto: “Talk Drives Acquisition.”

7 Our Ties to the Business Community Pekara Bakery in Champaign, IL (fund-raising with Pretzels, money stays in community) ThyssenKrupp in Danville, IL (next slide: from our field trip to the plant)

8 Students assemble a camshaft at the ThyssenKrupp Foundry

9 Our Outcomes: Wall of Honor of students by year since 2000 who have taken the AP Exam and/or placed on the National German Exam

10 Our International Travel: World Languages Hallway Display of individual students by year and destination who participated in the AATG Summer Study Trip: 3 weeks, family stay, daily German lesson, weekend excursions

11 Our EU Essay writers illinois-high-school-students.html illinois-high-school-students.html Every year we participate in the Essay Contest at the European Union Center at the University of Illinois placing numerous times.

12 Our Trophies from the Illinois State “Global Connections” Knowledge Bowl at the Foreign Language Festival “Globalfest”

13 Our GlobalFest Team 2014

14 Our Webpage grams/view.php?id=31&program=7 1.Calendar of Activities 2.Alumni Stories 3.Year in Review 4.“Our German Department” Powerpoint

15 Our Technology “digital story-telling” on the smartboard

16 OKTOBERFEST Our big event of the year is our Family Outreach Night “Oktoberfest” held on the last Monday of October every fall: singing, dancing, brass band, potluck dinner, knowledge contest, games, and play all in German.

17 Potluck Meal Sharing

18 Play & Blaskapelle: Friedrich der Groβe

19 Next Generation

20 Our Honors Students: New National German Honor Society Initiates May 1 st, 2013

21 Our German Alpine Rock Garden Centennial Courtyard (PTSA)

22 Our Guests and Helpers: Mentors, Student Teachers, Native-Speaking Presenters

23 Our Parents Unit #4 German Parents Booster Organization Join us on Facebook! Fall 2013: Selling Pekara Bakery Pretzels October 12 th for Developmental Services of Champaign County April 2014: National Pretzel Day Sales at both High Schools

24 Our Costs & Funding Costs: AATG Membership, Outstanding Senior Awards, National German Exam for III/AP, Summer Study Trips, German Honor Society Memberships and Scholarships, Senior Honor Cords, Globalfest Registration, ICTFL Fall Conference, Workbooks for German III/AP, Field Trips, Online Resource Accounts, Oktoberfest Invitation, Service to German Awards, Recruitment Flyers, T-Shirts. Funding: Scholarship Accounts held at First Federal Bank, Unit #4 German Parent Boosters Account held at Busey Bank, German Activity Account at Centennial, District World Languages Coordinator Fund, Principal Fund, Students’ Families, and Teacher personal funds.

25 Our Senior “Trilingual Award” for German and one other language

26 Keep studying after you graduate! IL Colleges & Univ. with GERMAN PRIVATE COLLEGES AugustanaCOMMUNITY COLLEGES Black Hawk College Columbia College ChicagoCollege of DuPage ElmhurstHarper College Illinois CollegeHeartland College Knox CollegeHighland College Lake Forest CollegeIllinois Central College North Central CollegeIllinois Valley Comm College Rockford CollegeJoliet Junior College Kaskaskia College PRIVATE UNIVERSITIESBradley UniversityKishwaukee College University of ChicagoCollege of Lake County DePaul UniversityLake Land College Illinois Wesleyan UniversityLewis & Clark Comm College Judson UniversityLincoln Land Comm College Lewis UniversityMcHenry County College Loyola University Chicago Moraine Valley Comm College Northwestern UniversityOakton Comm College Quincy UniversityParkland College Robert Morris UniversityRend Lake College Richland Comm College PUBLIC UNIVERSITIESChicago State UniversityRock Valley College Eastern Illinois UniversitySouthwestern Illinois College Illinois State UniversityWaubonsee Comm College Northern Illinois UniversityJohn Wood Comm College Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, Edwardsville) University of Illinois (Chicago, Springfield, Urbana-Champaign) Western Illinois University (Macomb, Quad Cities)

27 Where we’re going: Our Strategic Plan Enrollment: Recruitment for a German One of at least 30 students at each high school. (Offering German One during Summer School.) Retention. (What are we doing to keep kids enrolled? Most students who drop do so because they are failing English /Math, have schedule conflict, etc.) Get German II approved for Honors. (ongoing) Build and strengthen German III 2 nd semester in a Pre-AP class. Outcome: Build and strengthen new AP class with most students taking the exam. Promote Dual Credit German for cross-over language learners. Send at least 2 juniors on the AATG trip. (now we have one a year) Send a yearly group to Washington Univ. St. Louis “German Day for High Schoolers”. Expand Unit #4 German Parent Boosters. Develop business partnerships. (Thyssen-Krupp, Pekara, others?) Get more U of I members into the mentor program. (2 this year) Databases: German-speakers in CU; former students who’ve studied college German Teacher: work on “Advanced Certificate in Second Language Teaching”

28 Our Goal: Become an American Assoc. of Teachers of German “K-12 German Center of Excellence”


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