IN PICTURES: July at the Goethe!
Another month has passed us by already – mad, right? Time seems to be flying by so quickly lately, we don’t know about you but we’re not sure where the weeks go! It’s August already! We’ll be drinking glühwein and eating Lebkuchen before we know it – scary thought people, we know!
So, to celebrate already hitting August, we’re giving you our usual monthly rundown and letting you know what happened in July, you know, for in case you missed anything or you want to spot yourself in a picture!
A Note on Opera: “They’re Not Wallpaper: Great Opera Choruses.”
Our ‘A Note on Opera’ lecture series kicked off again in July with around 12 people heading to the Goethe-Zentrum Altanta to get their monthly fix of opera with our teacher Mr. David Kerr. This time the group talked about the people in the background of the opera – the chorus which may be the most vital element for any opera. The class talked about how they represent us, the audience and how they make us understand the action and move it along all whilst being identified only as milkmaids, ghosts, lackeys, bar patrons, urchins, or sundry townsfolk.
Our next opera lecture is on Monday, 10th August, when the class will focus on Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.” If you’re interested in joining the class, please register by clicking here.
FSLA German Immersion Day II
On July 15, we welcomed our second group of German students from the Federal Service Language Academy for a German Immersion Day. They made the trip from North Georgia to the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta to spend the day immersed in the German language and culture. The theme for this event was vacation and how you like to spend your time away from home and studying. Again, the students had a great day brushing up on their language skills and learning some new vocabulary.
Dual Language Immersion Conference
Next up, we attended the Dual Language Immersion Conference at the Globe Academy in Atlanta. It was a chance for dual language immersion school staff and teachers to come together, get involved in a series of different workshops and talk about their experiences with other schools and educators. Our executive director, Miriam Bruns, hosted one of the workshops along with Barbara Ingram and Samuel Proschansky from Ashford Park Elementary School. Their presentation was based upon how teachers in other schools in the area can get their German program noticed, resulting in more students getting involved and learning the language to further their careers.
Chamblee Charter High School Diploma Ceremony
July the 24 saw us hosting the Chamblee Charter High School Diploma Ceremony. 26 students came to the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta to celebrate their German language learning achievements. Each were presented with a Deutsches Sprachdiploma surrounded by their family and friends who cheered them on. Afterwards, they enjoyed a small reception and chatted with other students and staff.
1st Annual Atlanta German Business and Education Summit
Over 100 people packed into our auditorium for this fantastic event that we were so pleased to host and get involved in. German business and education leaders from across Atlanta and the surrounding areas came together to talk about how they can work together to benefit each other. Three main topics were discussed and focused on at the event – apprenticeships, internships/word readiness and getting to know schools and businesses in the area. It began with opening remarks from the Deputy Consul General of Germany in Atlanta, Thomas Wülfing before presentations from Michaela Claus-Nix, Program Specialist for World Languages and Workforce Initiatives at the Georgia Department of Education, Stefanie Jehlitschka, the Vice President of the GACC South, German teacher Patrick Wallace from Whitewater High School and our Outreach Director, Meredith Steinmetz. We then held a panel discussion with the presenters, where they answered questions from business and education leaders before closing remarks from Mr. Jürgen Gentzke, the Regional Vice President, Kuehne + Nagel and a little networking. It was great to see business and education leaders coming together, making new contacts and looking into how they can work better together in the future.
Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta Volunteer Training
On Tuesday July 28 we welcomed a new bunch of people into the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta, all of which are interested in volunteering with us. Around 30 people showed up, eager to offer us their services at events, in our office and with our various programs including our Bundesliga Soccer Breakfast. We’re always looking for new people to get involved, if you’re interested, please send your resume and contact details, telling us a little bit about yourself and how you’d like to help to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cobb County World Languages Department School Year Kick-Off
And finally in July, our executive director, Miriam Bruns, was invited to the Cobb County World Languages Department School Year Kick-Off at North Cobb High School, organized by Greg Barfield, World Languages and Dual Immersion Program Specialist. It was a great chance for us to meet with German teachers and discuss their various programs,. Miriam gave a presentation on building and leveraging your network within the German-American community and it was fantastic to see such enthusiasm and commitment from the teachers there. The county has a highly successful German program with some fantastic, engaged teachers. It was great to be able to work with them and build more relationships for opportunities in the future.
So there you have it, another busy month at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta! We’re guessing August will be pretty much the same way! We hope you managed to make it to some of our events and to see you at the Goethe soon!