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A child’s picture dictionary: English/German

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Recommended because this is a German/English picture dictionary with an illustrated section of words accompanying each letter of the alphabet. Be aware of Illustrations are identified in both languages.

Citation: Sheheen, Dennis. New York : Adama Books, c1986. ISBN/ISSN: 0915361418.

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American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because AATG is supported by the Goethe-Institut in Germany, offering German language, literature and culture to teachers of German at all levels of instruction. Start by looking at Member Services and Local Chapters, then moving on to Programs and Teaching Resources. Teachers can also join AATG Listserv. Be aware of Subscriptions to German Quarterly and Teaching of German (Die Unterrichtspraxis) are not free.

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)

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Recommended because it offers a variety of cultural exchange programs and educational opportunities throughout the world for American and International students and au pairs.  Programs include study abroad, Summer Institute for the Gifted (ages 4-17), University prep, Camp America, Global Insurance Coverage, Au Pairs, and educational group tours for all ages. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Culture Shock!: Germany

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Recommended because this book will take you beyond the stereotypes by introducing you to the vibrant and complex society that is still coming to terms with its own identity. Start by browsing through the table of contents and selecting chapters on German history, landscape, population, law, religion, food, entertainment, East meets West, society, language as well as doing business. It also has a very informative section on multiculturalism in Germany today. Be aware of at the end of the book teachers can find a cultural quiz with do’s and don’ts as well as a resource guide.

Citation: Lord, Richard. Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company; Revised edition (May 1, 2003). ISBN: 155868756. $13.95

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Cyberschoolbus

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because Cyberschoolbus is a United Nations global education project.  It provides a wealth of information for educators on the world and its issues. There is a link for purchasing publications in many languages, but also free curriculum resources for educators K-12.  Start with the curriculum links to locate free resources for each global education curriculum topic.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.


Das Deutschland-Portal

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Recommended because this is a comprehensive website with lots of information related to Deutschland. Start by selecting from Education, Health, Culture, Media, Sports, State, Tourism, Economy and Science. Be aware of Germany at a glance gives a brief overview of population, geography, the political system and the economy. The site can be read in German, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Arabic.

Department of German Studies at Cornell University

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Recommended because the site offers students a wide variety of opportunities to explore the language, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries, whether as part of their general education, a major in German Studies or a double major involving another discipline, preparation for graduate school or an international professional career. Start by browsing through Overview which highlights the German major as well as information for students who already have some knowledge of German. Calendar of Events has upcoming events as well as speaker/colloquia and symposia/conference information. Of special interest is the leading journal of German Studies New German Critique, covering twentieth century political and social theory, philosophy, literature, film, media and art, reading cultural texts in the light of current theoretical debates. Cornell’s Institute for German Cultural Studies promotes German Studies through faculty exchanges as well as a Newsletter. Be aware of this site is most useful for teachers. Some links are not accessible for non-Cornell faculty (user name and password required).

Der Struwwelpeter, oder lustige Geschichten und drollige Bilder

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because these German classic tales in verse tell about naughty boys and girls and the fates that befall them when they misbehave. Be aware of the English title is: Slovenly Peter or pretty stories and funny pictures for little children. Text in German and English.

Citation: Hoffmann, Heinrich. Frankfurt am Main : Insel Verlag, 1985. ISBN: 3458141014.

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Deutsch – Warum nicht? (Beginning)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this is Part One of the German by radio course “Deutsch – Warum nicht?[German - why not?]“, sponsored by The Goethe Institute and Deutsche Welle online. Start by scrolling down the menu of Series I and II which gives you an overview of the units. Each one has 26 chapters as well as information on grammar. Look at Introduction which gives you the reference text to the listening exercises (in pdf-format). If you already have a beginning knowledge of German, you can go directly to Series III and IV. The story and characters as well as the grammar will be summarized at the beginning of each new series. Be aware of Each chapter is available as a text in PDF format and as an audio file in MP3 format. In addition to the text book, some chapters also offer a manuscript with a word-for-word repetition of the audio file. Manuscripts can also be downloaded as a PDF file. You can listen to the audio files (MP3) either with Realplayer or with Windows Media Player.

Deutsch Plus!

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Recommended because this is an internet TV course for self-learners from the BBC with streamed audio and video plus exercises on themes and topics of everyday relevance for communication. Start by selecting GCSE Bitsize German, a resource for teachers and Staff room to see an overview of all courses and programs. Be aware of For topic-based guides and printable factfiles to use in class you will need Acrobat reader to access them. Click here for a free download of Acrobat Reader.

Deutsche Sagen Und Legenden: A Collection of Legends from the German-Speaking World

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Recommended because it is a captivating collection of beautifully illustrated tales and legends drawn from the rich Germanic folk heritage, some featuring heroic deeds while others explain how German cities got their names – all written with the language learner in mind. Start by selecting from the the stories, followed by a series of comprehension questions and activities, as well as by exercises that highlight the grammar and vocabulary used in the text. Be aware of even though the stories are written entirely in German, the language and style are accessible. Difficult words are defined–in English–at the foot of each page. There is also a bilingual glossary at the end of the book that defines the words from the stories. Perfect for readers at the intermediate to early-advanced levels of German.

Citation: Kernecker, Herb and Hyde Flippo. National Textbook Company; Illustrated edition (June 1, 1998), ISBN: 0844220752. $29.32.

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Deutsche Welle DW-Radio

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because you can listen to this broadcast from Germany in English Start by using the scroll-down menu to select from the list of program titles such as “News”, “Update Europe”, “Living Planet”, “Hits in Germany”, “Europe in Capitals” and “Feature of the Month”. You can also Subscribe to the DW-newsletter of your choice. Be aware of You can use the audio and video clips with either the Real Player or Windows Media Player.

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) DAAD

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Recommended because the DAAD, although a German Academic Exchange Service, is one of the largest academic exchange organizations promoting international academic relations and cooperation for students, faculty as well as administrators. Be aware that most of these programs are designed for higher education students and faculty.  Some opportunities for high school students are available in the form of summer programs or internships.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Deutscher Bundestag

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Recommended because you will find information about the German Bundestag, the German national parliament with Bundestag’s structures, procedures, powers and rules. Start by Information counter, then introducing Organization and working methods, Legislation, European Parliament and International. The Parliament Live webcasting service Web TV carries full audio-visual coverage of the plenary sittings of the Bundestag. Especially interesting is From Bonn to Berlin, describing the decision to move after the German reunification. Be aware of the Web TV can only be received via satellite (Intelsat 705)which can be purchased through Telekom.

Deutsches Museum

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Recommended because this is the website of the Deutsches Museum (German Museum) in Munich, Germany featuring exhibits from aerospace and aviation to weights and measures throughout German history. Start by selecting Interactive Demonstrations, moving on to Video Clips, Audio Clips and Education. Be aware of the site can be read in German, English and Italian but the audio clips are mostly in German. The German flag next to a link means that this link is only available in German.

ePals: Classroom Exchange

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Recommended because ePals allows students K-12 to connect with peers around the world through a global social learning network.  Educators looking to collaborate internationally on projects for their classrooms can find specific information links from the homepage- geographically or topically.  Be aware that registration is required, but access is free.  This website also provides a safe, secure learning environment for students.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

German Cultural Studies: An Introduction.

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Recommended because looks at cultural changes in class, place, gender and race of German culture and society since 1871. Start by browsing through the section in chronological order, starting with Imperial Germany, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the German Democratic Republic, and the Federal Republic of Germany. The book offers excellent illustrations as well as an extensive bibliography. Be aware of even though the book provides a witty and correct introduction of German culture it is not up-to-date at this point of time (published in 1995).

Citation: Burns, Rob. Oxford University Press; (November 1, 1995) $44.00

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German for Travellers

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because at this site you can learn German, find great places to visit, buy German products, and explore tons of links. Start by 1. Learn (basic German and audio files), 2. Travel (travel info for Austria, Germany and Switzerland), 3. Shop (books, CD’s, videos, CD-ROM’s, dictionaries and more) and 4. Explore (facts and figures, history, news and literature links). The Cultural Pages give you an insight look into holidays and events and do’s and dont’s). Be aware of Students can meet people, discuss and talk about things in German in Penpals.

German: A Self-Teaching Guide. 2nd ed.

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Recommended because this practical, self-paced guide provides all the essential German vocabulary and grammar needed for everyday conversation with exercise, explanations of the grammar as well as sample dialogues with cultural notes. Start by introduction to the pronounciation and spelling of the German letters in the alphabet, greetings at different times of the day and getting acquainted in German-speaking countries (regional differences, degree of familiarity, shaking hands, forms of address). Be aware of See inside for information on German pronunciation cassette. This is for students who have litte or no knowledge of the German language.

Citation: Heimy Taylor and Werner Haas. Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc., 1997. $19.95

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Germany Maps

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this collection of maps of Germany is recommended by the University of Texas in Austin. Start by looking at the Small Map, Ancient Germany/Germania, and thematic maps such as Eastern Germany resources and processing 1981, and West Germany major industry. Be aware of the thematic maps show basic resources, land use, population and major industry areas before 1989.

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)

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Recommended because it is a global science education site. GLOBE is a partnership between schools, colleges & universities, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and 95 other countries. The purpose of this partnership is engage students in the scientific study of the environment through research-based initiative and activities that focus on advocacy and the training of future researchers for industry, academia, and government. Start with the Teachers Guide link for education resources. This site is an excellent resource for science teachers!  Be aware this site is especially useful for educators of elementary and secondary students.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Global Voices

Posted by: globaledadmin on Saturday, February 4, 2012

Recommended because Global Voices is an online community of bloggers around the world who are not part of the international mainstream media.  Representing “average” citizens around the world, Global Voices allows perspectives to be shared, encourages freedom of expression, and advocates for the protection of free speech rights. Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Goethe-Institut

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution operational worldwide, promoting the study of German abroad, encouraging international cultural exchanges, and fostering knowledge about Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics. Start by looking at their Range of Services and Learning and Teaching German for language courses and teaching materials. Culture and Society offers information about the arts, society, media and education and science. Information for the Islamic World can be read in Arabic, English or German. Be aware of links who have the German flag next to them are only available in German. To read the text in English click on the British flag.

Goodbye Lenin!

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this contemporary comedy (winner of Felix for Best European Film and French Cesar for Best EU Film of 2003) of how the heroine has to re-created East Germany in a tiny appartment provides the Germany’s unifying process in a refreshing yet satirical way. Start by checking out the website which also has a section for Teaching material. The site is in German. Be aware of The VHS version has English subtitles whereas on the DVD English and German can be selected (with the option of subtitles respectively).

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Landeshauptstadt Duesseldorf – Carnival on the Rhein

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because at the beginning of February, millions of Germans will celebrate Carnival with parades and dancing on the streets. This is the webcam of Duesseldorf, where on February 7 at 2 PM MEZ you can watch the parade live. Start by getting acquainted with the traditions and customs of carnival in Germany which is associated with the history of the cities of Duesseldorf and Cologne. You can also view pictures from last year’s parades in Cologne. Be aware of you can change to English language by clicking on the British flag but many links are exclusively in German.

Learn German online

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Recommended because this online resources makes you familiar with business, touristic or cultural aspects in Germany; and to provide you with external links and useful tips. Start by Explore Germany with helpful practical guides and tips, Learn and Practice German at distance with textbooks, software, dictionaries, Practice German with links to cinema, literature, radio and tv, jokes and more, Learn German where it is spoken, providing links to language courses abroad as well as further educational resources. You can also purchase the audiomagazine Schau ins Land on CD or cassette in German here. Be aware of all the links can be read in German or English.

Lola rennt (Run Lola Run)

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Recommended because the movie is a thrilling contemporary roller-coaster ride about two star-crossed lovers who have only minutes to change the course of their lives (received Sundance Film Festival Audience award). Be aware of the movie is in German with optional English soundtrack; optional subtitles in English or French.

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Mastering German Vocabulary: A Thematic Approach.

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Recommended because it gives an excellent overview of German vocabulary with English translations and shows how the words can be used in a sample context/dialogue. Start by selecting from the various categories such as daily life, communications, business, medicine, politics and more. Be aware of this should be used as a supplementary text for the classroom.

Citation: Forst, Gabriele. Barron’s Educational Series, August 1995. $12.95.

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Mostly Martha

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Recommended because it is the story of an obsessive chef, Martha, whose live completely changes when she has to take care of her 8-year old niece, Lina, after her sister’s sudden death. Just as she grows attached to the girl, her father shows up, demanding that he take her back to Italy with him. Be aware of the alternate title is “Bella Martha”. The movie is in German with English subtitles.

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Off to New Shores: 300 Years of German Immigration to North America

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Recommended because this video was produced to celebrate the tricentennial of German immigration in 1983, and could be used as a teaching unit on or around German-American Day. Start by Students will learn about German-American Day and become familiar with some of the best known Americans of German descent, their contributions to the cultural diversity of the nation and the forming of the mainstream culture Be aware of The video is available through German Language Video Center, Division of Heidelberg Haus Imports, 762Slavic and Eastern Europe-27 Pendleton Pike, Indianapolis, Indiana 46226,Tel. 317 547-1257.

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Passwort Deutsch

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Recommended because this is a multimedia language course where teachers and students can find an innovative didactic range of material, adapted to suit each media (print, audio, and the Internet). Start by selecting from the three main categories Deutsch lernen (learn German) with online activities for chapters 1-5 and lectures, Deutsch lehren (teach German) with curriculum and classroom tips, additional materials and a Forum, and Info & Service. Be aware of in order to have full and unlimited access to all links and sites as well as exclusive offers you have to Register which is free. The site is in German.

Schellingstrasse 60

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Recommended because the real inhabitants of this house in Munich let you glimpse into their daily lives, made possible through support by the Goethe Institut. Start by looking at the Lage (location), then move on to see Bewohner (tenants) [click on the names and floors to see pictures]. Under Themen (Themes), you can find out more information about the tenants’ daily lives (personals, invitations, meals, student life, work, and travel). Be aware of authentic material for beginners of German including audio and video [QuickTime plugin such as RealPlayer required]. The site is exclusively in German.

Spotlight Germany

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Recommended because you get to see Germany from many fascinating perspectives via Web Cam views, photos and more, taking you through a visual journey of Germany. Start by Berlin Ku’damm Webcam, where you can enjoy a panorama view of the famous Kurf

Tales from Europe Collection

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Recommended because this is a collection of East German fairy tale films, produced by the DEFA film studios between 1949 and 1990. Start by The DVD collection contains four (4) discs: The Story of Little Mook, The Singing, Ringing Tree, The Devil’s Three Golden Hairs, and The Golden Goose. Be aware of Unlike American animated films, the DEFA films always used live characters in realistic settings that recall the historical background of the tales. In German with English subtitles.

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Test the West! Metamorphosis in East Germany.

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Recommended because “Test the West!” is a two-part documentary dealing with the issue of German reunification from an insider’s perspective. Part I visits East Germany in 1990 and documents the initial chaos created by the sudden shift in politics. Part II returns to East Germany in 1993, documenting the continuing process of democratization, and the immense task of rebuilding a debilitated economy. Be aware of The videos include interviews with a wide variety of people talking about the changes in their lives, about hope and frustration in these times of transition. In English.

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The German Fairytale Road

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because a project on the fairytales (Maerchen) of the Grimm Brothers by Bayswater Primary School in Bayswater Victoria, Australia – a school who hosts a special German language program in collaboration with primary schools in Berlin, Germany and Vienna, Austria. Start by becoming familiar with the German Fairytale Road, The Grimm Brothers, Fairytale Index, as well as the suggested Activities and Maerchen of the Month. There is also a link to German Folksongs. Be aware of the Australian school year is divided into four terms and runs from late January/early February until December, featuring fairytales March through November. All material on the site is available in German and English.

The German-Americans: An Ethnic Experience

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Recommended because the book shows the social history of America’s largest ethnic group and their contributions to the American way of life. Be aware of It is important to point out that “German-Americans” are persons who came from German-speaking regions. This includes not only Germany today, but also Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and other parts of Europe, including even Russia.

Citation: Adams, Willi Paul. Max Kade German-American Center, Indianapolis, IN, ISBN 1-880788-01-2. $4.50.

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The Globalization Website

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because because it provides links to a large amount of globalization resources. The site links to organizations, books, people, issues, theories, and a glossary. The site also links to other megasites, data sources, non-English sites (German, French, and Spanish). Start with General Links. and Data Sources (which are categorized by country or issue).  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Recommended because this museum, located in Washington, DC, provides comprehensive history, database, photos, stories, and maps about Nazi holocaust. Topics and materials included in this site are resources for teachers (on-line workshop, exemplary lessons, and resource book) and students (on-line activities, encyclopedia, and learning site) discussing holocaust. In addition to Jewish, this site also covers holocaust history of other groups such as Roma (Gypsies), the handicapped, Slavic people (Poles, Russians, and others), Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s witnesses, and homosexuals. Be aware of the useful information that through learning center, other issues related to holocaust such as refugees, Nazi camps, forced labors, Mosaic victims, Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing units), rescue, and war crime trials, etc. are also included. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Viktor Vogel commercial man

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Recommended because twentysomething Viktor’s life suddenly takes off when he gets a job and finds the girl of his dreams. But when he pitches his girlfriend’s fine art concept for a multi-million dollar ad campaign, Viktor’s career success could mean disaster for his love life. Be aware of the English title is “Advertising rules!”, with German dialogue and French, and optional English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles.

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