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Why german-in-slp353

Why german-in-slp353



Updated presentation of reasons for retaining our German program in St Louis Park MN!

Updated presentation of reasons for retaining our German program in St Louis Park MN!



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    • Why keep German in SLP?2007 2012 Frau Fox
    • German language• Circa 100 million people in 40 countries worldwide speak German as their native tongue.• Most commonly spoken language in Europe and East Europe! (World Fact Book)• 2nd most popular business language worldwide. (DAAD)• On the Internet, German is the second most commonly used website content language. (W3Techs.com, 2012)2012 Frau Fox
    • Science and Business• German is an important language in business, science and technology.• #2 in scientific research.• 68% of Japanese students learn German!• Germany is the world leader in bio- technology and renewable resource technology. (DAAD, GOETHE Institute) – 2 main technology focuses in Minnesota!2012 Frau Fox
    • Career Applications• Germany is the 4th largest economy in the world after the U.S. and Japan. (World Bank)• Germany is 3rd largest foreign-based employer in U.S. – 570,000 jobs in the US, 50% of which were manufacturing jobs (DIHK, 2011) – 9,000 jobs created in MN alone in 2010-2011! – Over 100 companies in MN are based in or have direct affiliates in Germany. (MTO)2012 Frau Fox
    • Career Applications• Germany is the fourth largest foreign investor in MN (MTO and DIHT, 2011)• Over 40 MN companies have direct subsidiaries in Germany (MTO)• Circa 100 German firms have subsidiaries or affiliates in MN (MTO)2012 Frau Fox
    • Career Applications• One of the U.S.’s and MN’s top 5 export destinations. (US Dept of Commerce, BDI and MTO 2012)• Europe is Minnesota’s third largest export region for manufactured goods (Minnesota Trade Office, 2012)• German is the most commonly spoken language in Europe (24%, Eurobarometer, 2007)• Largest economy in Europe, Europe is 2nd largest regional economy in the world.2012 Frau Fox
    • Study Options in Germany• Germany has world renowned university programs in many subject areas• German universities offer recognized international degrees for a fraction of the cost of US colleges• German universities cater to international students from the US• Studying in Germany: a viable college option (and actual plan) for SLP students! 2012 Frau Fox
    • Program Strength• Overall growth of nearly 50% since 2006 – despite scheduling issues and lack of entry point at Senior High• Junior High average enrollment has doubled overall since 2003• High retention rates in upper levels• Students who pick German stick with it!2012 Frau Fox
    • Real World Connections• Best practice: real-world connections are important!• SH Instructor has extensive contacts in Germany• Translates into: – trips to Germany, – visiting teens from Germany, – constant contact w/ latest in music, literature, culture• Many SLP students go on to live or study in a German-speaking country.2012 Frau Fox
    • Connections/Heritage• 1 Million in USA speak German at home• Nearly 25% of U.S. and SLP residents are of German heritage!• Many students: relatives and/or friends in German-speaking countries.• Parent / student surveys reveal high percentage of students with direct connections to Germany (family, career)2012 Frau Fox
    • More Success• Students more successful if learning language of their interest• “Cultural distance” affects success.• Real-world connections and cultural backgrounds similar to those of the target language/culture insure greater ease and success. (Zhang, 2006)2012 Frau Fox
    • Resources• Many resources in the Twin Cities / MN!• The Germanic American Institute – celebrates German holidays and festivals (German Club)• Ridgedale library – German books• German restaurants, food at Cub/ALDI/Byerlys• German television stations (DW-TV on local cable or satellite)• Podcasts, radio stations, content on the Internet• German-based companies – learn about career opportunities2012 Frau Fox
    • Ästhetics!• Rich culture and history• It is famous for its philosophers, musicians, writers and artists.• Imagine enjoying all that in the original German language!2012 Frau Fox
    • AND...Because the kids LOVE it!2012 Frau Fox