Teaching about Berlin and the wall

Friday, October 30, 2009

5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

in the Millennium Center-UMSL

Century Room A

University of Missouri-St. Louis

The German Culture Center, in collaboration with Goethe Institut Chicago, is pleased to present a workshop for German teachers on the topic of Berlin and the Berlin Wall.  This year’s workshop coincides with UMSL’s Campus Week celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Presenter Siggi Piwek has lots of great ideas and materials to share with teachers, and the workshop will conclude with a SNEAK PREVIEW of the “Ikonen einer Grenzanlage” exhibition in Gallery Viso on the UMSL campus.

This „Berlin“-workshop introduces ways in which language learning and cultural learning can be integrated.  The materials are especially suitable for high school students, but can be adapted for other levels as well. The first part is a simulation of the economic and social conditions in the divided Germany.  The second part deals with the use of pictures (photos, caricatures) of Berlin and poems about Berlin to teach writing.  The goal of this workshop is to provide concrete examples of ideas on how to teach and learn about “Berlin” using a PowerPoint presentation.  All workshop participants will receive a CD with all materials as well as handouts.

The workshop is free and includes a light dinner.

Register by writing to: gcc@umsl.edu or calling (314) 516-6620

  1. Led by SIGURD PIWEK

  2. Free

  3. Light dinner included

  4. Conducted in German

  5. Register at gcc@umsl.edu

Sigurd Piwek has been a teacher at the Milwaukee German Immersion School for 10 years. Siggi is an active member in the Midwest Trainer Network sponsored by the Goethe-Institute in Chicago.  This summer he participated in the Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP), a study tour of Germany for American social studies teachers. He will also participate in the TraiNDaF II program, a training program to advocate for German language programs at all levels. 

Siggi also offers workshops dealing with Landeskunde im DaF-Unterricht, German immigration to America, and innovative approaches to teaching grammar