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German

More than 40 million Americans consider themselves descendants of Germany, according to the latest U.S. Census Report. That makes “Deutschland” the most-mentioned country of origin in the U.S. Here in Wisconsin, the German influence is even greater, with more than half this state’s residents considering themselves to be of German descent. Lakeland College, in fact, was founded by German immigrants more than 150 years ago. With such a deeply rooted connection to Germany, it should come as no surprise that Lakeland College offers a top-notch German program.

Spend a semester (or two) in Germany

What better way to learn about so many Americans’ motherland than to study there?  As a Lakeland College student participating in the German program, you will have a fantastic opportunity to learn abroad and soak up the language and culture in a strong academic setting. Through a partnership with Hessen Universitat in Kassel, Lakeland College students study there for a semester or two – for no tuition cost.

“Students come home from Kassel showing huge improvement in their speaking ability, reading ability and overall knowledge of the country,” says Martin Ulrich, associate professor of German and music. “It’s a really, really good program, and friendships are formed that last 20 or 30 years.”

Ulrich, who’s been at Lakeland for 30 years, also spearheads numerous activities and internship opportunities for his students. There’s a three-week visit in May to Wurttemberg, where students stay with host families. Another example is the “Conversation Table” in Sheboygan, where a diverse collection of German-speaking people gather and speak the language.

“It’s a fun way to practice your German conversational skills,” Ulrich says. “You get to know people and even sometimes make professional connections.”

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German: Non-education Majors (32 semester hours)

  • GER 101 Elementary German I and lab (4 semester hours)
  • GER 102 Elementary German II and lab (4 semester hours)
  • GER 201 Intermediate German I
  • GER 202 Intermediate German II
  • GER 300 Conversation and Composition (Writing Intensive)
  • GER 325 Introduction to German Literature and Culture
  • GER 430 Contemporary German Literature and Culture
  • Three additional 400-level German (GER) courses from the following:
    • GER 410 Classicism
    • GER 420 Romanticism
    • GER 470 Directed Readings
    • GER 480 Special Topics in German
    • GER 490 Independent Study in German
    • One of the following Foreign Study Programs:
      • GER 499 Guest semester at Kassel University, Germany
        • Note: Courses successfully completed in the Guest Semester may also fulfill as many as 4 course requirements listed above.
      • Hessen University Summer Semester
        • Note: The successful completion of one 1-month program at Hessen university campus, either in Frankfurt, marburg, Giessen, or Fulda, may also fulfill a requirement for a course numbered GER 300 or lower.

German Major (38 semester hours and the appropriate education requirements) for Early Childhood through Adolescence Certification (K-12)

  • GER 101 Elementary German I and lab (4 semester hours)
  • GER 102 Elementary German II and lab (4 semester hours)
  • GER 201 Intermediate German I
  • GER 202 Intermediate German II
  • GER 300 Conversation and Composition (Writing Intensive)
  • GER 325 Introduction to German Literature and Culture
  • GER 430 Contemporary German Literature and Culture
  • EDU 370 Foreign Language Teaching Methods
  • ESL 322/722 Second Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics (2 semester hours)
    • Placement in the "Intermediate High" category on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Exam* prior to student teaching semester
  • Three additional 400-level German (GER) courses from the following:
    • GER 410 Classicism
    • GER 420 Romanticism
    • GER 470 Directed Readings
    • GER 480 Special Topics in German
    • GER 490 Independent Study in German
    • One of the following Foreign Study Programs (to meet the DPI foreign language immersion requirement):
        • GER 499 Guest semester at Kassel University, Germany
          • Note: Courses successfully completed in the Guest Semester may also fulfill as many as 4 course requirements listed above.
        • Hessen University Summer Semester
          • Note: The successful completion of one 1-month program at Hessen university campus, either in Frankfurt, marburg, Giessen, or Fulda, may also fulfill a requirement for a course numbered GER 300 or lower.

*ACTFL Oral Proficiency Exam

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview is a standardized procedure for the assessment of functional speaking ability. It is a face-to-face or telephonic interview between a certified ACTFL tester and an examinee. The test is used to determine how well a person speaks a language by comparing his or her performance of specific communication tasks with the criteria for each of ten proficiency levels. Lakeland College requires candidates for State of Wisconsin foreign language teaching certification to be proficient at the Intermediate High level. Information regarding the ACTFL examination is available in the Office of the Registrar.

Teacher Certification

To qualify for Early Childhood through Adolescence (grades K-12) teaching certification, a student must complete the courses listed above, the Early Childhood through Adolescence Professional Sequence, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) statutory requirements.

German Minor (23 semester hours)

  • GER 101 Elementary German I and lab (4 semester hours)
  • GER 102 Elementary German II and lab (4 semester hours)
  • GER 201 Intermediate German I
  • GER 202 Intermediate German II

Three additional German (GER) courses from the following:

  • GER 300 Conversation and Composition (Writing Intensive)
  • GER 325 Introduction to German Literature and Culture
  • GER 410 Classicism
  • GER 420 Romanticism
  • GER 430 Contemporary German Literature and Culture
  • GER 470 Directed Readings
  • GER 480 Special Topics in German
  • GER 490 Independent Study in German
  • One of the following Foreign Study Programs:
    • GER 499 Guest semester at Kassel University, Germany
      • Note: Courses successfully completed in the Guest Semester may also fulfill as many as 4 course requirements listed above.
    • Hessen University Summer Semester
      • Note: The successful completion of one 1-month program at Hessen university campus, either in Frankfurt, marburg, Giessen, or Fulda, may also fulfill a requirement for a course numbered GER 300 or lower.

German Minor for Middle Childhood through Adolescence Education Certification (grades 1-8) or Early Adolescence through Adolescence Education Certification (grades 6-12) (29 semester hours)

For Middle Childhood through Adolescence Education Certification (grades 1-8) or Early Adolescence through Adolescence Education Certification (grades 6-12) in combination with a certifiable major

  • GER 101 Elementary German I and lab (4 semester hours)
  • GER 102 Elementary German II and lab (4 semester hours)
  • GER 201 Intermediate German I
  • GER 202 Intermediate German II
  • GER 300 Conversation and Composition (Writing Intensive)
  • GER 430 Contemporary German Literature and Culture
  • ESL 322/722 Second Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics
  • Placement in the "Intermediate High" category on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Exam* prior to student teaching semester.

One additional German (GER) course from the following:

  • GER 325 Introduction to German Literature and Culture
  • GER 410 Classicism
  • GER 420 Romanticism
  • GER 470 Directed Readings
  • GER 480 Special Topics in German
  • GER 490 Independent Study in German

One of the following Foreign Study Programs:

  • GER 499 Guest semester at Kassel University, Germany
    • Note: Courses successfully completed in the Guest Semester may also fulfill as many as 4 course requirements listed above.
  • Hessen University Summer Semester
    • Note: The successful completion of one 1-month program at Hessen university campus, either in Frankfurt, marburg, Giessen, or Fulda, may also fulfill a requirement for a course numbered GER 300 or lower.

*ACTFL Oral Proficiency Exam

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview is a standardized procedure for the assessment of functional speaking ability. It is a face-to-face or telephone interview between a certified ACTFL tester and an examinee. The test is used to determine how well a person speaks a language by comparing his or her performance of specific communication tasks with the criteria for each of ten proficiency levels. Lakeland College requires candidates for State of Wisconsin foreign language teaching certification to be proficient at the Intermediate High level. Information regarding the ACTFL examination is available in the Office of the Registrar.

Teacher Certification

To qualify for either Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (grades 1-8) or Early Adolescence through Adolescence (grades 6-12) teaching certification in German, a student must complete the courses listed above, the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Education Major/Professional Sequence or the Early Adolescence through Adolescence Professional Sequence along with a certifiable major, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) statutory requirements.

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Snapshot of Success

Name: Corey Petzold

Hometown: Kiel, Wis.

Title: German teacher; girls’ head varsity soccer coach

Business: West Bend West High School

Corey’s German roots run deep. So deep, his grandparents used to speak the language to each other at the family farm just outside of Kiel – much to the bewilderment of their grandchildren.

“We never learned it as kids, so German was always known as that secret language of grandma and grandpa,” Corey recalls.

Years later, however, Corey would unlock that secret at Lakeland College. And now, he’s in his fifth year of helping high school students learn the language and the rich culture associated with Germany.

Corey was always strong in math, but he yearned for a liberal arts atmosphere where he could branch out “and learn about everything.” He found Lakeland, which was fairly close to home, and after initially focusing on math there, he gravitated toward German.

“My first year at Lakeland, I went to Germany with Professor Martin Ulrich and learned a lot from him,” Corey recalls. “Mostly I saw his great passion for German. Not just the language, but the culture. I spoke German the whole time on that trip. Then I took another three weeks by myself, traveling around. I really threw myself into the experience, and it solidified the direction I would take.”

He triple majored, in German, secondary education and history, and was hired to teach high school German right out of college. Now he takes about 20 students to Germany each year, and introduces them to the culture – just as Ulrich had done for him.

“Lakeland opened up so many options for me,” Corey says. “Professor Ulrich is a great guy, and we still stay in touch. The one-on-one aspect of the German classes was a great part of the program. Once you get to the upper level classes, you have four to six other students in there with you. There is no place to hide. You can’t sit in the corner. You participate. And that’s a great thing.”

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German at Lakeland

Students who major in German Lakeland College will:

  • Know the most important events and intellectual periods in the history of German literature and culture
  • Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the most important styles and periods in German culture
  • Develop a working knowledge of the most important authors and genres in German literature
  • Develop skill in literary analysis sufficient to read literature for meaning
  • Develop a basic understanding of how the most important regional dialects shape the character of the German language and the German people
  • Develop an appreciation for the expressive power and intellectual insight of German literature
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