Facets of Contemporary Germany
This seminar has been designed by the International Academy Internationales Haus Sonnenberg, St. Andreasberg, Germany, as a study abroad program for the Northern Illinois University Study Abroad Office, in cooperation with the Northern Illinois University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
Students will be introduced to an international culture through this immersion into Germany’s language and culture. Participation in this program will greatly benefit the language competence of the students and is therefore an integral part of the German Language Curriculum at NIU.
The language objectives for students are as follows: a.to use conversational German vocabulary relating to various themes, b.to experience diverse aspects of the German culture – ranging from social and political conditions to cuisine, sports, art, music and literature, c.to access various media sources for personal enrichment, d.to seek out opportunities to learn more about German language and culture, and e.to work on personal reflective journals to deepen the understanding and application of syntax, grammar, and topic-related vocabulary.
Participants will be introduced to a variety of topics on contemporary Germany. Instruction and local excursions will provide first-hand experience, in-depth understanding, and language immersion. Based on the preparations of the first half of the program, the participants will be able to deepen their knowledge and add further impressions during a trip to various places, spanning the northern half of Germany from Bremerhaven to Marburg and Berlin.