Why keep German in SLP?
German language  <ul><li>Circa 100 million people in 40 countries worldwide speak German as their native tongue. </li></ul...
Science and Business  <ul><li>German is an important language in business, science and technology.  </li></ul><ul><li>#2 i...
Career Applications <ul><li>Germany is the 3rd largest economy in the world after the U.S. and Japan. (World Bank)  </li><...
Program Strength <ul><li>Overall growth of 22%  since 2002  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>despite overall drop in secondary enroll...
Real World Connections <ul><li>Best practice: real-world connections important!  </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive contacts in G...
Connections/Heritage <ul><li>1.6 Million in USA speak German at home  </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly 25% of U.S. and SLP residen...
More Success <ul><li>Students more successful if learning language of their  interest </li></ul><ul><li>“Cultural distance...
Resources <ul><li>Many resources in the Twin Cities / MN! </li></ul><ul><li>The Germanic American Institute  </li></ul><ul...
Ästhetics! <ul><li>Rich culture and history </li></ul><ul><li>It is famous for its philosophers, musicians, writers and ar...
AND... <ul><li>Because the kids LOVE it! </li></ul>
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Why German in SLP

  1. 1. Why keep German in SLP?
  2. 2. German language <ul><li>Circa 100 million people in 40 countries worldwide speak German as their native tongue. </li></ul><ul><li>Most commonly spoken language in Europe and East Europe! (World Fact Book) </li></ul><ul><li>2nd most popular business language worldwide. (DAAD) </li></ul><ul><li>On the Internet, German is nearly tied with Japanese for 2nd most common language! (UNESCO) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Science and Business <ul><li>German is an important language in business, science and technology. </li></ul><ul><li>#2 in scientific research. </li></ul><ul><li>68% of Japanese students learn German! </li></ul><ul><li>Germany is the world leader in bio-technology and renewable resource technology. (DAAD, GOETHE Institute) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 main technology focuses in Minnesota! </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Career Applications <ul><li>Germany is the 3rd largest economy in the world after the U.S. and Japan. (World Bank) </li></ul><ul><li>Germany 2 nd only to U.K. in foreign-based employment in the U.S. and MN. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3,000 German companies in the U.S. (DIHK) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 100 companies in MN are based in or have direct affiliates in Germany. (MTO) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One of the U.S.’s and MN’s top export destinations. </li></ul><ul><li>EU and NON-EU Europe make up Minnesota’s second largest export region for manufactured goods (MTO) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>German most commonly spoken language there. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Program Strength <ul><li>Overall growth of 22% since 2002 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>despite overall drop in secondary enrollment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and removal of German 1 as in Senior High </li></ul></ul><ul><li>7 th grade enrollment increased by 70% </li></ul><ul><li>Low attrition: 5% grades 7-10! </li></ul><ul><li>Students who pick German stick with it! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Real World Connections <ul><li>Best practice: real-world connections important! </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive contacts in Germany </li></ul><ul><li>Translates into: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ePals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>trips to Germany, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>visiting teens from Germany, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>constant contact w/ latest in music, literature, culture </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many SLP students go on to live or study in a German-speaking country. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Connections/Heritage <ul><li>1.6 Million in USA speak German at home </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly 25% of U.S. and SLP residents are of German heritage! (2000 Census.) </li></ul><ul><li>Many students: relatives and/or friends in German-speaking countries. </li></ul><ul><li>A recent survey of JH parents = 60% of respondents have direct connections! </li></ul>
  8. 8. More Success <ul><li>Students more successful if learning language of their interest </li></ul><ul><li>“Cultural distance” affects success. </li></ul><ul><li>Real-world connections and cultural backgrounds similar to those of the target language/culture insure greater ease and success. (Zhang, 2006) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resources <ul><li>Many resources in the Twin Cities / MN! </li></ul><ul><li>The Germanic American Institute </li></ul><ul><ul><li>celebrates German holidays and festivals (German Club) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ridgedale library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>German books </li></ul></ul><ul><li>German restaurants, food at Cub! </li></ul><ul><li>German television stations (DW-TV on local cable or satellite). </li></ul><ul><li>German-based companies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>learn about career opportunities </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Ästhetics! <ul><li>Rich culture and history </li></ul><ul><li>It is famous for its philosophers, musicians, writers and artists. </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine enjoying all that in the original German language! </li></ul>
  11. 11. AND... <ul><li>Because the kids LOVE it! </li></ul>

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