Christina Frei

German School Faculty

 

Christina Frei (PhD, University of California at Davis) is inaugural Executive Director of Language Instruction for the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She chairs the Penn Language Center, home of many less commonly taught languages, and trains the graduate teaching fellows in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and across diverse departments.

Christina is Adjunct Associate Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include curricular design, collaborative teaching and learning, and blended learning. She is co-authoring a textbook for beginning/intermediate German language and culture and regularly leads workshops in curricular design and teaching methodology nationally. She recently co-authored “Implication of the AP World Language Curriculum for University Language Programs,” AAUSC Vol. 17, 2016.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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GRMN 3418 - Understanding Germany      

Understanding Germany through Displacement, Flight, Migration, and Asylum

This course introduces and analyzes experiences of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees in German-speaking Europe. Beginning in the pre-World War II era, the course offers historical and current perspectives on expulsion, persecution, integration, assimilation, acculturation, and multiculturalism represented in major media outlets, audio-visual materials, feature films, and academic scholarship. By taking a chronological position the course traces displacement, flight, migration, and asylum beginning with the persecutions of Jews, the expulsion of ethnic Germans, and the effects of migrant labor movements. In particular, the course offers students starting points for inquiry by focusing on geo-political shifts, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the results of the Balkan Wars, and how these turns continue to shape perceptions of identity in Germany, Austria, and within the European Union. Thus, the course includes a critical treatment of current cultural and political debates in the media surrounding Syrian and African refugees in Germany. This course aims at developing advanced literacy by deepening strategies for summarizing, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting substantial arguments in professional and academic settings. In addition, the course incorporates the development of media literacy by critically engaging with authentic materials and thereby developing concise formulation of informed opinions.

Required texts:
Texts will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore after all placement testing has been completed.

Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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GRMN 6690 - Teaching Grmn Foreign Language      

Methods of Teaching German as a Foreign Language

This course analyses and discusses various approaches to, and principles of teaching German language, culture and authentic materials, including literary and audiovisual texts. Particular emphasis will be given to the following issues: reflective practices, learning strategies, intercultural competence, classroom interaction, multiple literacy development, meaningful application of technology, and interactive teaching and learning. The discussion will be accompanied by activities and projects that can be implemented directly in the language and culture classroom.

Required texts: All materials will be made available via the course’s course management website. Pedagogy

Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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GRMN 6692 - Curriculum Planning      

Curriculum Planning and Lesson Design

This course introduces didactic and methodological considerations for designing an effective curriculum with accompanying lesson plans. Particular emphasis will be given to the following issues: outside influences that determine a curriculum design, guidelines of the European Frame of Reference, can-do statements, intercultural communicative competence, backward design and essential questions, as well as diverse models of assessment. The discussion will be accompanied by activities and projects that can be implemented directly in the language and culture classroom. The course culminates in the creation of an individualized curriculum design.

*Required texts: All materials will be made available via the course’s course management website. Pedagogy Pedagogy

Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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The German School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
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Mailing address
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Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Tina Ellison, Coordinator
germanschool@middlebury.edu