In the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, we are interested in modelling new ways of working between secondary school teachers and university teachers and researchers. The DeutschZusammen project provides, in the first instance, non-hierarchical, mutually enriching meetings and dialogue between German practitioners in higher and secondary education. It aims to promote networking, resource and best practice sharing, and strategic planning, though also listening and mutual support, all with the aim of finding together ways of raising the profile of German language and culture in our education system and sustaining colleagues working in those environments.
DeutschZusammen aims, too, to be experimental and creative and to promote collaborative projects between the SMLC and secondary schools. It also aims to be practical, by developing and running events and programmes that show non-specialists, pupils, parents and students the practical, professional and strategic importance of teaching and learning German in schools and universities.
It is our aim to have series of meetings, ideally on a yearly or twice-yearly basis. Please read on below for more information about our first event, which ran on July 2, 2022. If you wish to be part of the project, please register your interest here.
Saturday July 2nd 2022.
An enrichment day, exploring collaborative working between school-teachers and university academics in German. With a reading by Dilek Güngör
With generous support by:
On Saturday July 2, we invited teachers to a day comprising multiple sessions, based in our new, state-of-the-art Faculty of Arts Building. This was a part day event, running from 09:45 until 15:00 approx with a diverse and engaging programme (to follow), including (but not limited to)
- a welcome address from colleagues in Warwick German Studies, offering insights into the study of German at university today and the careers it can lead to;
- co-delivered pedagogy sessions for sharing methods, approaches and resources in a range of key teaching areas - developed in dialogue with colleagues from schools;
- presentation(s) by guest speakers, including colleagues from Goethe Institut
- exhibitions showing the range of outreach work and wider value of German Studies projects at Warwick;
- opportunities to network, discuss shared ideas and concerns and plan for future events and exchanges.
The programme will comprised plenary and parallel sessions, speaker-led and round-table discussions, based on school- and university-generated input: to this end we drew upon information from participants on what they would like to gain from pedagogy exchange sessions, on whether they would like to share, contribute or even chair a session. Staff of all levels of experience and seniority attended, from trainees and NQTs through to heads of department, and from schools from the state and independent sectors.
For any enquiries, please contact Dr James Hodkinson j dot r dot hodkinson at warwick dot ac dot uk
Lunch and refreshments will be served, and you’ll have the opportunity to tour our facilities and see the campus, too. Participation is free, though participants will need to cover their own travel costs.*