Monday, March 31, 2014

Technology: Media Specialists as Teacher Resources


From SmartBrief:

Media specialists should be the "go to" person for incorporating technology and research skills aligned with the Common Core State Standards into classroom lessons, Maryland middle-school teacher Josh Work writes. In this blog post, he describes how he has collaborated with media specialists on blending technology and offers ideas, such as forming professional learning communities with the media specialist, for sharing ideas. "Media specialists are an amazing building-level resource for anyone that takes the time to collaborate with them," he writes.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/media-specialists-and-common-core-josh-work

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Technology: Using Smartphones in the Classroom


From SmartBrief:

Students in some schools in California are finding more leniency when it comes to using their smartphones in the classroom. In some cases, educators use mobile applications to remind students about assignments, and students use their phones to take photos of lecture notes and reading passages. "There are so many whiz-bang things they can do on their phone, but I want them to realize that they can use this computer in their pocket to do their schoolwork," teacher Louise Colbert said. 

http://www.insidebayarea.com/education/ci_25396070/cell-phones-proving-their-usefulness-classrooms

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Technology: Using Blogs to Enhance Learning



From SmartBrief:
Denise Howell, an Indiana high-school teacher, is using blogs to enhance learning and test preparedness in her English and speech classes. In some cases, students use blogs as a type of journal, she recently explained to school board members, and to share assignments. Students also connect and discuss classwork online. 

http://www.gcdailyworld.com/story/2063514.html

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Ed-Tech: Teachers and Teaching Technology Skills


From SmartBrief:

Not all students enter the classroom with the technology skills they need to succeed, writes educator Renee Moore. In this blog post, she writes that it is her "moral duty" to teach those who are new to technology. "The truth is many of our students need teachers and schools to provide not only access but also direction and encouragement in navigating and using various tech tools," she writes.

http://www.teachingquality.org/content/if-digital-literacy-basic-skill-whos-responsible-teaching-it

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Jobs: Assistant Professor-Spanish in Latin American Literature at Clemson, South Carolina


Job Description:

Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

DEPARTMENT MARKETING STATEMENT:

Clemson University is a comprehensive public University with over 19,000 students.  The Department of Languages is housed in a college that combines Humanities, Design and Building, and the Fine and Performing Arts.  It currently offers three distinct degree programs:  the B.A. in Modern Languages (ASL, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish); the B.A. in Language & International Trade (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish);  and a B.S. in Language & International Health (Chinese and Spanish).
POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Asst Professor.  The Department of Languages at Clemson University invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Spanish in Latin American Literature specializing in Women's Studies to commence in the fall of 2014.  We are looking for outstanding teacher scholars who can contribute to interdisciplinary programs.  Expertise in Latina/o Studies and/or Global Health is highly desirable.  Along with courses pertaining to their field, successful candidates are expected to teach all levels of the Spanish curriculum.
QUALIFICATIONS:

Required qualifications:

Ph.D. by the time the appointment begins; native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English; demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.
PAY & WORK SCHEDULE:

Standard Hrs: 37.5;  Salary commensurate with salary and experience.
HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, please submit the following:
A letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation may be sent via (https://apply.interfolio.com/23194)  Paper applications should be addressed to:  Dr. Monica Massei, Chair of the Spanish Search Committee, Clemson University, Department of Languages, P.O. Box 340535, Clemson, SC  29634-0535.  A sample of scholarly work and teaching evaluations will be expected from candidates upon request.  Please indicate availability to be interviewed at the MLA Convention. 

Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  To ensure full consideration, please submit materials by:  December 1, 2013.

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Jobs: Department Chair of Modern Languages and Associate Or Full Professor (South Dakota State University)


The University of South Dakota invites applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair of Modern Languages and Associate or Full Professor. Tenure will be considered based on credentials and experience.

The Department seeks an effective, practical leader with a clear vision for modern languages and an ability to communicate that vision persuasively to multiple constituencies.

The chair will be responsible for providing leadership for the department, representing the department's interests in the College of Arts and Sciences, recruiting faculty and students, developing a schedule of course offerings, conducting program assessment, managing the fiscal resources of the department, evaluating and mentoring faculty, and driving program development. Possible directions for development include extending the use of technology in language learning; renewal of the programs in French and German; expanding non-language course offerings in areas such as linguistics, literature in translation, and cultural studies; and increasing departmental involvement in USD's international programming, including study abroad, student exchange, and faculty-led programs.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD in Spanish (or the equivalent) and native or near-native fluency in Spanish, with preference given to candidates capable of teaching in more than one language. A scholarly record consistent with appointment as an associate professor is required. To be appointed at the rank of full professor, candidates must have established a national reputation of outstanding scholarship. Administrative experience is preferred. All department faculty are expected to have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.

The Department of Modern Languages offers the BA degree and minors in French, German, and Spanish, with additional instruction in Lakota and linguistics. The Department also contributes to a major and minor in international studies hosted by the Department of Political Science. A strong global learning program in the university's Center for Academic Engagement supports faculty who seek to provide students with international experiences. A goal of USD's strategic plan is to graduate globally aware students. Additional information is available at
http://www.usd.edu/arts-and-sciences/languages-linguistics-and-philosophy/languages/index.cfm.

Friday, March 28, 2014

German: Wordplay - Gift



Chris here again with some fun word play between German and English. Let's take a look!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

German: Verb of the Week - greifen (03/19/14)




Hallo alle zusammen! Here is Christina again with your weekly German verb.
This time: greifen / to grab, to take


Principal parts: greifen / griff / gegriffen
Helping verb: haben
Type: irregular verb


Examples: 
Das Kind versucht meine Hand zu greifen. / The child is trying to grab my hand.
Meine Freundin hat mir unter die Arme gegriffen. / My friend helped me.


Präsens

ich greife
du greifst
er/sie/es greift
wir greifen
ihr greift
sie/Sie greifen


Perfekt

ich habe gegriffen
du hast gegriffen
er/sie/es hat gegriffen
wir haben gegriffen
ihr habt gegriffen
sie/Sie haben gegriffen


Präteritum

ich griff
du griffst
er/sie/es griff
wir griffen
ihr grifft
sie/Sie griffen


Plusquamperfekt

ich hatte gegriffen
du hattest gegriffen
er/sie/es hatte gegriffen
wir hatten gegriffen
ihr hattet gegriffen
sie/Sie hatten gegriffen


Futur I

ich werde greifen
du wirst greifen
er/sie/es wird greifen
wir werden greifen
ihr werdet greifen
sie/Sie werden greifen


Futur II
ich werde gegriffen haben
du wirst gegriffen haben
er/sie/es wird gegriffen haben
wir werden gegriffen haben
ihr werdet gegriffen haben
sie/Sie werden gegriffen haben


Präsens Konditional

ich würde greifen
du würdest greifen
er/sie/es würde greifen
wir würden greifen
ihr würdet greifen
sie/Sie würden greifen


Perfekt Konditional
ich würde gegriffen haben
du würdest gegriffen haben
er/sie/es würde gegriffen haben
wir würden gegriffen haben
ihr würdet gegriffen haben
sie/Sie würden gegriffen haben


Präsens Konjunktiv

ich greife
du greifest
er/sie/es greife
wir greifen
ihr greifet
sie/Sie greifen


Perfekt Konjunktiv

ich habe gegriffen
du habest gegriffen
er/sie/es habe gegriffen
wir haben gegriffen
ihr habet gegriffen
sie/Sie haben gegriffen


Präteritum Konjunktiv

ich griffe
du griffest
er/sie/es griffe
wir griffen
ihr griffet
sie/Sie griffen


Plusquamperfekt Konjunktiv

ich hätte gegriffen
du hättest gegriffen
er/sie/es hätte gegriffen
wir hätten gegriffen
ihr hättet gegriffen
sie/Sie hätten gegriffen



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German: Alexander Knappe – Weil ich wieder zu Hause bin (song)




Here is Christina with another German song!

This time:
"Weil ich wieder zu Hause bin" ("Because I'm Back Home Again") by the singer Alexander Knappe, who became famous in the German TV show X-Factor.






Weil ich wieder zu Hause bin

Laufend in Gedanken bin ich versunken.
Ich streife durch das nasse Gras.
Im roten Himmel bin ich ertrunken.
Da ist der Baum, auf dem ich immer saß.

Ich halte die Zeit an
Und atme sie ein.
Hier will ich bleiben.
Hier will ich sein.
Weil ich zu Hause bin,
Weil ich zu Hause bin,
Weil ich zu Hause bin,
Weil ich wieder zu Hause bin,
Weil ich wieder zu Hause bin,
Weil ich wieder zu Hause bin,
Zu Hause bin.

Es sind meine Straßen.
Ich lass sie erzählen.
Die erste Liebe, die sich im Sand verläuft.
Wo sind all die verlorenen Seelen,
Irgendwo im Nirgendwo verstreut?

Ich halte die Zeit an
und atme sie ein.
Hier will ich bleiben.
Hier will ich sein.
Weil ich zu Hause bin,
Weil ich zu Hause bin,
Weil ich zu Hause bin,
Weil ich wieder zu Hause bin,
Weil ich wieder zu Hause bin,
Weil ich wieder zu Hause bin,
Zu Hause bin.
Because I’m Back Home Again

I’m stuck running in my thoughts.
I wander through the wet grass.
I’ve drowned in the red sky.
There’s the tree that I always sat on.

I stop time
And breathe it in.
Here’s where I want to stay.
Here’s where I want to be.
Because I am home,
Because I am home,
Because I am home,
Because I am back home again,
Because I am back home again,
Because I am back home again,
At home.

These are my streets.
I let them talk,
The first love that got lost in the sand.
Where are all the lost souls,
Scattered somewhere in nowhere?

I stop time
And breathe it in.
Here’s where I want to stay.
Here’s where I want to be.
Because I am home,
Because I am home,
Because I am home,
Because I am back home again,
Because I am back home again,
Because I am back home again,
At home.




Here is the link to Alexander Knappe's official website in case you want to find out more about him:
http://www.alexanderknappe.net/





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German: Word of the Week - die Bibliothek




Here is Christina again with your German word of the week!

This week:
die Bibliothek / library
 
A "Bibliothek" is an organized collection of books. Universities, for instance, have usually great "Bibliotheken"!



Here are some examples of how you can use this word:

Ich lerne gerne in der Biblithek. / I like to study in the library.
In der Bibliothek muss man leise sein. / You have to be quiet in the library.
Es gibt so viele Bücher in der Unibibliothek! / There are so many books in the university library!
Die Bibliothek ist heute geöffnet. / The library is open today.
Kommst du mit mir mit in die Bibliothek? / Will you come with me to the library?



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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ed-Tech: Social Media and Engaging Students and Teachers


From SmartBrief:

In this blog post, educator Naphtali Hoff writes about his optimism for the future of education -- in part, because of the influence of social media. Some teachers already are using social media to engage students, interact with each other and access new, exciting resources, he notes. "Social media has brought educators together virtually, giving us a deeper connection to the educational world in which we operate," Hoff adds.

http://smartblogs.com/education/2014/03/10/how-social-media-will-save-education/?utm_source=brief

Are you using social media in your language classes yet?

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News: Helping students use technology to express themselves


From Smart Brief:

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to help all students find their own voices, express themselves and interact with others, educator Terry Heick writes. In this blog post, he suggests technology tools that can help different students, such as blogging, podcasting, YouTube channels, plus Storify and Storehouse, which focus more on content, what students share and why they share it.


http://www.edutopia.org/blog/technologies-help-students-find-voice-terry-heick

In what ways can we use technology to help our language students express themselves and feel more confident with their skills?

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Useful Websites: Linguee


Chris here with a great website to share with fellow German teachers/learners. Check out Linguee which features a powerful dictionary and translations from German into numerous languages.

http://www.linguee.de/

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Ed-Tech: SXSWedu speakers discuss evolution of education technology


From Smart Brief:

Education leaders just a few years ago were asking why they should adopt technology-supported instruction. Now, districts are asking how they can reach their tech goals, according to speakers at the SXSWedu Conference & Festival. "You start with 'Yes.' You don't start with, 'How do we pay for this?' or 'What device do we use?' The landscape is replete with the carnage of failed deployments," said Gregory Firn, deputy superintendent of academics in a Texas school district. 

SXSWedu edcuation technology discussion

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Jobs: Full-Time Temporary Assistant Professor- English


Company Description:
Framingham State University, located just 20 miles west of Boston, is a vibrant comprehensive liberal arts institution offering 26 undergraduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and professional fields. Nearly 6,000 students attend Framingham State, including nearly 2,000 graduate students. Framingham State University offers graduate degrees in 25 fields, including an extensive graduate program for teachers in international schools. The University takes pride in its 30,000 alumni, most of whom live and work in Massachusetts. The University is just the right size - small enough for learning to be personal and collaborative, yet large and diverse enough to broaden students' understanding of their world. This broadening of perspectives and appreciation of diversity is one of the hallmarks of a first-rate undergraduate education.

Job Description:

The Framingham State University English Department invites applications for a full-time temporary position to teach courses in journalism and first-year writing. This is a one-year position with possible renewal for a second year. Our journalism program features practical courses such as News Writing and Editorial Workshop, and requires students in the Journalism concentration or minor to complete at least one internship. Journalism faculty also advise the award-winning student newspaper, The Gatepost. The teaching load is 3/3 and includes one first-year writing course and two journalism courses every semester.

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:
Required qualifications include a terminal graduate degree in Journalism, English, Rhetoric and Composition, or a related field; at least two years of professional experience as a journalist; and at least one year of college-level teaching, including courses in first-year writing and journalism.
Preferred Qualifications:
The preferred degree is a Ph.D. in Journalism or Rhetoric and Composition.

Additional Information:

Framingham State University conducts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) checks relative to prior criminal convictions and pending cases, as well as Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks relative to prior sexual offenses committed as an adult or juvenile on final candidates prior to an offer of employment for all positions. Framingham State University requires specific written authorization to conduct background checks. Failure to provide such authorization shall preclude your application from receiving further consideration.
Framingham State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Members of underrepresented groups and those committed to working in a diverse cultural environment are encouraged to apply.

http://main.hercjobs.org/jobs/6054116/full-time-temporary-assistant-professor-english

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Ed-Tech: Using educational technology to improve the classroom experience


From SmartBrief:

Classroom technology can help create a better learning experience without being intrusive, according to Vivienne Ming and Norma Ming, co-founders of educational technology startup Socos, and keynote speakers at this week's SXSWedu Conference & Festival. Reporting from the conference, SmartBrief senior education editor Melissa Greenwood lists the five tips they offer to help "keep the promise of educational technology in the classroom," including designing with end users in mind, analyzing available data and thinking outside the classroom.

http://smartblogs.com/education/2014/03/05/educational-technology-for-a-better-classroom-experience/?utm_source=brief

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Ed-Tech: Applying technology trends in the classroom


From SmartBrief:

Technology trends that have changed society can be applied to the classroom, writes Carl Hooker, director of instructional technology in a Texas school district. For example, people have become accustomed to getting media, videos and more on demand, he writes in this blog post. This can be applied in the classroom by adopting flipped instruction and giving students around-the-clock access to video lessons and other resources via the Internet, he writes.

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/03/how-real-world-technology-use-has-inflitrated-change-classrooms/

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Ed-Tech: Technology helping Texas educators personalize lessons



From SmartBrief:

One-to-one technology initiatives among some Texas school districts are giving students more individualized approaches to learning. The digital devices -- ranging from laptops, smartphones and tablets -- allow one seventh-grade science teacher to incorporate current events in class, provide students with online resources to prepare for competitions and have more choices in how they complete projects. "They're still learning what they need to learn, but in their own way," teacher Kiersten Diamond said.

http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2014-03-05/bushland-isd-arms-kids-ipads

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Jobs: German and Gender Studies Assistant Professor


About Western Illinois University:
Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves more than 12,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.
Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.
Job Description:
APPOINTMENT: August 21, 2014
RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will have teaching responsibilities for both the Department of Women's Studies and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.  The candidate will advance towards tenure in either the Department of Women's Studies or the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, depending on the discipline from which the degree is earned, qualifications, and research interests. The decision regarding the tenuring department will be made in consultation with the successful candidate prior to the beginning of the first contract. Faculty generally teach three courses a semester, with opportunities to teach during the summer terms based on a rotating schedule among faculty.  The successful candidate will be responsible for helping develop humanities courses in the area of his or her specialty for the Department of Women's Studies.  The candidate will work with the department chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures for the scheduling of courses in that department.  Faculty are expected to maintain an active research agenda and to help direct student research.  Additionally, faculty contribute to the functions of the departments and university through various service activities.   
RANK & SALARY: Assistant Professor.  Competitive compensation package. Western Illinois University also offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/human_resources/benefits/. 

Requirements:
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Women's Studies, German Studies, or a related field from the humanities. Ph.D. must be awarded by appointment date.  Candidates must be able to teach courses in  Women's Studies at the undergraduate and graduate level, including Introduction to Women's Studies, theory courses, and other courses that fall in the area of gender studies.  Candidate must also possess native or near-native proficiency in German and be willing and able to teach German language, literature, and culture at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence and innovation, an active research agenda that intersects Women's Studies and German Studies, and a willingness to teach occasional online courses.  
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Online teaching experience

Additional Information:
THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Women's Studies offers an undergraduate major and minor and a post-baccaulaureate certificate.  In addition to the current advertised position, the department is comprised of 3 faculty members, including the department chair, and a staff member. As of Fall 2014, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will offer a major in Foreign Languages and Cultures with options in French, German, and Spanish; minors in French, German, and Spanish; and introductory/intermediate courses in Japanese and Chinese.  The department has eleven faculty members, including a department chair, and a staff member.  
THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and one of 39 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves approximately 12,200 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.
The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 65 undergraduate and 37 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in education. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, the University's 612 full-time faculty members teach 93.5 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to 10 pre-professional degree programs and 19 certificate programs.
Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.
WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 10,003): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).
WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,204): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, at its metropolitan, non-residential campuses in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. Moline, Illinois is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.



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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spring Break Alternative Choices


Hello everyone, Claudia Sadowski here. As we approach Spring Break in many places throughout the United States, most instructors in college are witnesses to the plans students have for such week. It is not surprising to hear that a large amount of students favor warm and sunny places like Cancun, México. Cancun it really is a gorgeous place, nevertheless, it is only one choice of the unending number of choices students and visitors in general could consider to spend the week of Spring Break.
If your favorite destination for Spring Break is México, I am here to share with you that in the Aztec country, there are many, many places to visit. For example, if you like to see pyramids, you could visit Teotihuacán, la ciudad de los dioses (The city of the gods).  Teotihuacán was established around 100BC. It has been considered one of the biggest cities of the ancient world. Sources share that in Teotihuacán, had up to 150,000 inhabitants at its highest point.  For quick and interesting facts about this city, you could visit: http://www.ancient-code.com/17-facts-about-teotihuacan/

Teotihuacan.jpg

Image source: http://traveltheunknown.com/_images/gallery/Teotihuacan%20(6).jpg

If you have preferences for the colonial ambience and some cowboy-like natural movie sets, you could visit the state of Durango, México.  UNESCO has declared Durango a World Heritage Site. Durango is known as The Perl of Guadiana, it is located in the north part of México. Durango has also been called La Tierra del Cine (the Land of the Film) in México. In this city, many cowboy movies have been filmed. John Wayne participated in and produced many of these movies! Currently, tourists can take a tour in at least a couple of movie (natural) sets.  At least one of the movie sets has active participation of the audience as they reenact a typical scene of a cowboy movie. Prices to tour these places are accessible to students and public in general.
The actual capital city Durango, Durango, México, has breathtaking colonial architecture. Many building resemble baroque influence, ornate balconies, actually many buildings look like medieval theaters! Many buildings were dedicated to convents during the XVI century.  Some of those former convents serve now as public offices and others are high-end restaurants as well as private schools.
The state of Durango is the place of birth of many famous and talented people such as composers Ricardo Castro and Silvestre Revueltas, opera singer Fanny Anitua, and actress Marlene Favela. Durango was the home state of the famous Pancho Villa. The first president of México Guadalupe Victoria was born in Durango as well. As you can see, in these few of the many examples you could find, Durango has a strong historical background. For more information about Durango, México you can visit: http://www.history.com/topics/mexico/durango
DurangoMexicoPlaza.jpg
Image source: http://travelbymexico.com/estados/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Foto-otro-sitio.jpg

Even though, I have only provided two examples of the never-ending opportunities to visit other parts of México, I encourage you to go beyond the usual places you normally would visit. México is a magical country that it is rich in culture, folklore, color, delicious cuisine, various sounds and breathtaking natural landscapes to the standards of every taste and budget. When you decide to visit México, think about going beyond the norm, I can guarantee that you will be gladly surprised! For more information about México: http://www.visitmexico.com/

Friday, March 7, 2014

6th Graduate Student Symposium on Second Language Studies/ESL


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

German: Recipe for Baked Fish for Ash Wednesday


Here is a German Recipe for Baked Fish for Ash Wednesday which features a spicy-sweet sauce. You could discuss the ingredients and preparation process with your students. There would also be some fun new food-related vocabulary to learn aside from what one typically finds in textbooks.

http://germanfood.about.com/od/fishrecipes/r/bakedfish1.htm

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Ed-Tech: Arlington County School to receive tablets in technology rolllout


From SmartBrief:

Beginning in the fall, a Virginia school district plans to distribute iPads to all second-grade students and Chromebooks to all sixth-grade students. The tablet program would then grow by two grades each year. Superintendent Patrick K. Murphy, who included the tablet program in his proposed budget, said a related curriculum would be released and teachers would undergo professional development. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/arlington-plans-to-give-every-student-a-tablet/2014/02/27/b84d1b62-9ffc-11e3-b8d8-94577ff66b28_story.html

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Jobs: German and Gender Studies Unit A Faculty


German and Gender Studies Unit A Faculty

About Western Illinois University:
Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves more than 12,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.
Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.
Job Description:
APPOINTMENT: August 21, 2014
RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will have teaching responsibilities for both the Department of Women's Studies and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.  The candidate will advance towards tenure in either the Department of Women's Studies or the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, depending on the discipline from which the degree is earned, qualifications, and research interests. The decision regarding the tenuring department will be made in consultation with the successful candidate prior to the beginning of the first contract. Faculty generally teach three courses a semester, with opportunities to teach during the summer terms based on a rotating schedule among faculty.  The successful candidate will be responsible for helping develop humanities courses in the area of his or her specialty for the Department of Women's Studies.  The candidate will work with the department chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures for the scheduling of courses in that department.  Faculty are expected to maintain an active research agenda and to help direct student research.  Additionally, faculty contribute to the functions of the departments and university through various service activities.   
RANK & SALARY: Assistant Professor.  Competitive compensation package. Western Illinois University also offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/human_resources/benefits/. 

Requirements:
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Women's Studies, German Studies, or a related field from the humanities.  Candidates must be able to teach courses in  Women's Studies at the undergraduate and graduate level, including Introduction to Women's Studies, theory courses, and other courses that fall in the area of gender studies.  Candidate must also possess native or near-native proficiency in German and be willing and able to teach German language, literature, and culture at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence and innovation, an active research agenda that intersects Women's Studies and German Studies, and a willingness to teach occasional online courses.  


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Online teaching experience



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Music education, when it is even available, typically begins in about third grade, writes Rourke O'Brien, the president and founder of the Children's Music Foundation. In this blog post, O'Brien offers several suggestions to help all educators integrate music lessons into the classroom. O'Brien encourages teachers to learn to play an instrument, use puppets and simple instruments, and buy music CDs that students can sing along to in class.

http://smartblogs.com/education/2014/02/28/music-education-for-the-classroom-teacher/?utm_source=brief

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