Marian University welcomed 27 high school German teachers and eight German professors from across the state to Indiana’s chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Annual Fall Immersion on Saturday, August 29. The educators took part in an all-day language and teaching workshop in Allison Mansion.
“We were really honored to have Dr. Mohamed Esa lead the workshop this year because he is such a dynamic teacher,” said Wendy Westphal, Ph.D., professor of German at Marian University. “He is known by German educators across the country for his creative and engaging approach to teaching the language.”
Dr. Mohamed Esa, German professor at McDaniel College in Maryland and president of the national AATG organization, has won numerous state and national awards for his innovative teaching which draws on German music, film, and fairy tales to teach the German language at all levels. Dr. Esa was also awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz), the highest recognition the German government may bestow. Using examples from his book Kurzfilm: German Short Films and Activities Manual, Dr. Esa introduced the participants to new and engaging ways to integrate short films in German courses.
“Everyone left with ideas for the classroom. It was an excellent event and I am proud that Marian University could host it”, Dr. Westphal said.