As we prepare to switch to remote learning, we at the German and Russian department wanted to share a few ideas for how to maximize learning in what for many will be a new teaching and learning environment.
If you’re used to learning in a structured face-to-face classroom environment, moving away from that can seem confusing or intimidating. However, not only is learning in a different environment possible, but there are significant advantages to other learning environments! Embracing this will help you make the most of this opportunity.
The great thing about language is that it can be practiced pretty much anywhere, at any time, especially with the internet. Consider looking for out-of-class ways to work on your language skills, especially if you’re looking for ways to pass the time while stuck at home.
- Set up virtual communities with your classmates where you can chat, hang out, and ask questions.
- Read online news reports in the target language. You can ask your instructor for suggestions on good news services.
- Stream live radio. This is a great way to work on your listening skills and learn more about the culture, and it can be done while doing homework, chores, or just chilling! Radio Garden http://radio.garden/ allows you to live stream radio from all over the world.
- There are hundreds of foreign films and tv shows available on Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video. Binge-watching tv shows is a great way to build vocab and learn more about the culture.
And, of course, stay safe, everyone! Please reach out to your instructors if you have questions or need help.
Hello all! Following on the success of our Maslenitsa celebration (pictures below), we’ve got more Russian-related activities this week. Today (Tuesday, March 3) we’ll be holding Russian Conversation Hour, or as we like to call it, Chas Peek! Come by, get snacks, meet other Russian students, and practice your Russian. Greene 341, 4-5pm.
Last Friday’s Maslenitsa (Russian Carnevale/Mardi Gras) was a big hit! We held it in the WakerSpace and anyone who dropped by could make their own bliny (Russian pancakes)–or just enjoy some bliny made by the Russian students.
Starting the batter
Flipping the pancakes
Quite a crowd has gathered!
Lots of fun was had by all!
After a few quiet days, we’ve got a jam-packed week coming up! Details below.
Missed out on Mardi Gras? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered 🙂 The Russian version has fewer beads and more pancakes, but it’s just as much fun! Drop by the WakerSpace between 11 and 1 on Friday, February 28th, and get some freshly made bliny (pancakes). You can even learn to make your own!
Call for Applications for Dobro Slovo
The WFU chapter of Dobro Slovo, the national Slavic honors society, is currently calling for applications for this year. To be eligible, students must have taken at least two years of a Slavic language, with an average GPA of 3.5 in Slavic classes, and an overall GPA of 3.0. Students must also indicate an ongoing interest in the study of Slavic languages and cultures, or in using them professionally.
To apply, please send the following to Dr. Clark at email@example.com: 1) an unofficial transcript, and 2) a short (1-2 paragraphs) statement about their interest in Slavic languages and cultures, and their future plans regarding them. Please submit the materials by March 15.
Students whose applications are chosen to be forwarded to the national office will also need to submit a 1-time $35 application fee. Students for whom this will be a financial hardship can request that the fee be waived.
Please send any questions to Dr. Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to the Spring 2020 semester, everyone 🙂
We’ve got quite a semester of activities lined up! Along with regular events such as Kaffeestunde (German conversation hour) and Chas Peek (Russian conversation hour), we’ll be holding special celebrations for Maslenitsa (Russian Mardi Gras) and German day. And of course it’s time to get serious about applying for study abroad. Watch this space for more updates!
Goodness! Is it the last week of the semester already? It *is*! How did that happen?
We have a full slate of activities this week, so let’s dive right in.
Sanders Scholarship Application 2019 are due Monday! Be sure to get yours in by the deadline.
On Tuesday we’ll have the last Chas Peek (Russian conversation hour) of the semester. Be sure to come on by for conversation, snacks, and maybe some Russian songs and Russian games!
And on Wednesday we’ll have the last Kaffeestunde (German conversation hour) of the semester! Come join us for a little extra practice before finals–or just a fun way to destress before jumping into the pre-finals studying.
With Thanksgiving, followed closely by finals, bearing down on us like a juggernaut, this week seems like the perfect time to discuss apocalyptic texts, doesn’t it? Well, fear not! Dr. Boyer will be giving a talk Tuesday afternoon about The Antichrist and the Fifteen Signs of Doomsday, a medieval text about miracles and the apocalypse. Come by, say hi, and learn a little about magic, alchemy, and the Middle Ages!
Interested in doing a study abroad to Germany or Austria?
Now there’s an incentive to apply for study abroad!
The WFU German program is now accepting applications for Sanders Scholarships, which help offset the cost of study abroad in Germany or Austria. They’re available to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who will have completed GER 153 by the time of the award period and plan to study at the Goethe Institute, IES, or the Flow House.
If you have any questions, please talk to your instructor or Doctor Howards. You can access a PDF of the application here: Sanders Scholarship Application 2019
Applications and letter of recommendation are due Monday, December 2nd.
We’ve got quite an exciting lineup of events this week!
First of all, we’re thrilled to announce that the book launch reception that will be held this Wednesday, 4-6pm, in the Green Room in Reynolda Hall, includes a book that our very own Professor Boyer participated in. Come by for discussion, drinks, and snacks 🙂 You can also listen to a podcast episode about it here.
Two new exciting books on medieval studies from Wake Forest Faculty have just been released! Come to the book launch reception 4:00-6:00pm on Wednesday, November 13th in the Green Room in Reynolda Hall.
And then, for something completely different, the Russian program will hold another Pancake Party on Thursday, November 14. Any and all Russian students are invited to come to Professor Clark’s house Thursday evening between 5:30 and 8:00 to learn to how to make блины (Russian-style crepes). Please RSVP to email@example.com if you are interested in attending.