30 October 2017

CNY AATG Fall Workshop: "Yes, and..." Improv in the Foreign Language Classroom

Fall Workshop:
"Yes, and..." Using Improv in the Foreign Language Classroom
October 28, 2017
Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Manlius, NY

Presenter Lauren Esposito (r) and Phil Gross (l)

CNY AATG joined up with the CNY AATF to work together to provide a fantastically useful and delightfully fun workshop on incorporating improv into foreign language teaching.  The CNY AATF managed registrations and organized the food for the event.  About 30 participants spent 4 hours at Fayetteville-Manlius High School playing and laughing, while acquiring techniques for active and lively use of the target language.

Here's the Link to the Syracuse Improv Collective, for more information and dates/times of drop in workshops.

We were divided into two groups to warm up, experiment with improv techniques, and play with language.

One of the final Living Tableaus depicting an interpretation of a short piece of literature, featuring CNY AATG members Gülden Olden, Jan Hohenstein and Ann Pfeifer.

The "Best in Show" Tableau (French Teachers!)

In other news, we celebrated our colleagues' successes:
Richard Ernst, German and French Teacher at Eagle Hill Middle School won the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers' Ruth E. Wasley Teacher of the Year Award at the NYSAFLT Annual Meeting in Buffalo, NY on October 20, 2017.

Wir gratulieren Dir, Richard!

Our esteemed colleagues 
Karina Von Tippelskirch (Syracuse University) 
Harald Zils (Binghamton University)
 were both granted tenure in the last year, an accomplishment we all are thrilled about, 
both for them and for the consequent additional stability to German teaching in the CNY area.
Thus multiple cakes were in order:

Tenure macht hungrig.

Our Schatzmeisterin/Testing Chair, Shadia Khalifa, announced too that she is moving to South Carolina in May of 2018, so will need to resign from her positions.
We are grateful to Mona Eikel-Pohen for accepting the role of Testing Chair immediately.
The position of Treasurer is yet unfilled and all current members are requested to consider the (not very demanding) job and let an officer know.

We ended our meeting with the mission to all members to...

Please mark your calendars, our next meeting is 
April 7, 2018 at 9:30 am

Our topic of focus: Presentation Skills in Foreign Languages MEP

Here is the link to Lauren Esposito's presentation 
which she has graciously shared with us:

This is the handout she provided.

24 September 2017

CNY AATG Herbst Treffen - mit CNY AATF Kombiniert! Improv in the Language Classroom

"Yes, and...." How to use Improve in the Language Classroom

October 28 in Fayetteville-Manlius High School's 

Black Box Theater (House I)

8:30 am - 1:00 pm

The CNY AATG is hosting in collaboration with the CNY AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) a workshop featuring guest presenter, Dr. Lauren Esposito, Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition professor at Syracuse University.  Dr. Esposito will share with participants some improve techniques useful to world language teachers.  If you are interested in more play-based language acquisition activities in your classes, this workshop is for you!  Improv is a fun, engaging way for students to create with language and practice in a judgement-free environment.

Other world language teachers are welcome.  
Please feel free to bring other colleagues, but let us know by October 20th
exactly how many will be attending, as we need to plan for lunch 
Lunch will be $10 which we will collect at the workshop.

CTLEs for 3 hours are available - please let us know ahead if you need one.

8:30-9:00 light breakfast and conversation
9:00-12:00 workshop
12:00-1:00 AATG Business meeting (we will hold our meeting separately from the AATF)
Certificates will be available after the meeting.

Map of FM High School

08 May 2017

CNY AATG Spring Workshop:
Saturday, May 7, 2017

Selbst gebackener Bienenstich von Harald

Presentation by

 DAAD Stipendiatin at Binghamton University
 Maike Rocker:
Popmusik im Unterricht

We also congratulated Harald Zils on his achieving tenure at Binghamton University as well as 
The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Harald is additionally working as the interim chair of the language department at Binghamton University.
A big thank you to Harald for his work as President of the CNY AATG the last two years.
Additionally, the new officers are Kate Stewart as President and Mona Pohen as Vice President.

Here's a link to the PDF "Lieder, die ein Deutschlehrer braucht":




29 April 2017

Frühlingstreffen: 6. Mai, 2017

Hallo zusammen,

alle sind herzlich eingeladen zum AATG CNY-Frühjahrstreffen am Samstag, 6. Mai, um 10 Uhr. Es findet wieder in Kate Stewart’s Klassenzimmer in der Fayetteville-Manlius High School statt.

Es gibt:
- einen Workshop über neue deutsche Popmusik (neuer als die bisherige neue deutsche Popmusik) im Unterricht — etwa 75 Minuten;
- Kuchen;
- ein kleines Businessmeeting.

Wir freuen uns auf euch! (Wenn ihr mir kurz privat zurückmailt, wissen wir auch, auf wieviele wir uns freuen. Das macht die Freude noch intensiver!)

Herzliche Grüße


Sag uns bescheid: hzils@binghamton.edu

16 April 2017

02 November 2016

Herbst Treffen: 2016
Samstag, 15. Oktober

Vielleicht nicht Zwetschgenkuchen, aber der leckerste Schokoladen-Apfelkuchen je.

Ein paar der Teilnehmer besprechen den Text "Tschick."

We had a small but delightful book club style meeting with a very lively discussion of the Young Adult novel Tschick, by Wolfgang Herrndorf.  While enjoying President Harald Zils’ home baked Schokoladenapfeltorte, (with home made Schlagsahne thanks to Rosemary Morewedge) we weighed in on the terrific features of the book, looking for themes that could be topics of student output/reflection on the text.  General consensus was that it could be used in sections better than in its entirety, and that the newly released film might be a good accompaniment to the unit.

Those in attendance were very enthusiastic about the summer reading and were hopeful to repeat the project with another text for next Fall’s meeting; summer being an ideal time for busy teachers to read a little, an authentic text/piece of contemporary literature is especially good for those of us who are not native speakers.  More on that possibility to come.  If you have a a favorite text that you would like to recommend as a possible summer read, please do not hesitate to let officers know.

Our next meeting will be May 6th, 2017, at 10:00 am.  Please mark your calendars now!  This is a compromise that will hopefully allow the longer distance traveling members time to get to the meeting, and not take up most of the day as well.  We really hope more members can be in attendance.  We miss you!

Finally, several members of the CNY AATG attended the NYSAFLT Annual Meeting which was in the Syracuse area this year for the first time since at least 1961.  There were some outstanding workshops as always.  One especially good piece of news was the award of the 2016 NYSAFLT Parent Advocate Award Friday night at the annual banquet to Brigitte Hale, mother to two Fayetteville-Manlius former students of German, for her work in successfully keeping the German program in place at FM. She was incredibly inspiring and received the only standing ovation of the evening.  There were several weepy teachers among the crowd, as her words were meant to reflect on the importance of language learning in general and her gratitude for the passionate teaching of languages.

Kate Stewart

12 October 2016

CNY AATG Fall Meeting: 15. October, 2016

Dieses Mal wollen wir gemeinsam den Roman „Tschick“ von Wolfgang Herrndorf besprechen. Ich weiß, dass er einigen von euch schon großes Vergnügen bereitet hat; wer das Vergnügen nachholen will, hat noch ein paar Tage Zeit dazu. Das Paperback gibt es u.a. bei Barnes & Noble (bn.com), das dürfte auch die schnellste Kaufmöglichkeit sein. Die englische Übersetzung heißt übrigens „Why we took the car“.

Wir wollen das Buch gemeinsam etwa eine Stunde lang besprechen und dann das übliche (kurze) business meeting abhalten. Bei genügend Nachfrage gibt es Pflaumenkuchen.

Lasst mich bitte wissen, ob ihr kommen könnt! Ich freue mich auf euch.

Herzliche Grüße