Fall 2014 Meeting: Kurzfilm im DaF-Unterricht

Elon University
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:00-4:00
Meeting Minutes


Guest Speaker
Contact Information
Maps and Directions
Participant List

Dear colleagues,

You are cordially invited to attend our fall meeting at Elon University, hosted by Scott Windham and David Neville. Our guest speaker is Mohamed Esa, president of AATG. Half of the meeting will be dedicated to a workshop on Kurzfilm im DaF-Unterricht; the remaining time will be spent discussing issues facing German at the national level.

The conference is made possible in part by the generous support of AATG.

Please feel free to remain for the business meeting. Agenda TBD.

Please plan to attend!
Beth Gulewich

P.S. For those traveling to Elon on Friday, there are several good options for dinner near campus. Scott plans to have dinner with the guest speaker at Simply Thai, 2041 Timberline Station Rd, time TBD by Dr. Esa’s travel schedule. Email Scott (or call his cell at 919.699.6007) if you’d like to attend. The restaurant is less than a mile from campus. Another option adjacent to campus is Pandora’s Pies on North Williamson Avenue: pizza, calzones, beer, and ice cream in an upbeat setting with plenty of students.


To register for the conference, please download the registration form, and return the form along with a check (made out to NC-AATG) to Scott Windham, Campus Box 2125, Elon NC 27244.

Registration Deadline: September 1, 2014 Please respect the hosts’ time by registering in a timely fashion! Late registrations create problems for the organizers, especially in regards to meals.

Conference fees are $15 for members or $20 for non-members. Full-time students and teachers in their first or second year of service may attend at half price ($10)!

Guest Speaker

Dr. Mohamed Esa is Professor of German at McDaniel College, where he teaches courses at all levels, including Business German. He is also the academic advisor for the German Club. In addition to his service as AATG president, Dr. Esa is a member of the Board of Directors of the German Society of Maryland and has served on the board of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and as president of the Maryland Foreign Language Association and the Maryland/ DC Metro Chapter of the AATG.

Dr. Esa’s teaching and research interests are in the fields of: innovative teaching methodologies, technology in the classroom, proverbs and idioms, Migrantenliteratur, German women writers, and German novellas. For 20 years, he has offered workshops on Musik im Deutschunterricht, Sprichwörter und Redensarten im Deutschunterricht, Von Grimm bis Rammstein: Märchen im Deutschunterricht.
In 2013, Dr. Esa published a book entitled Wie Guys. Die Lieder der Band im Unterricht Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Cornelsen Verlag). In 2012, together with Ingrid Zeller (Northwestern University), Dr. Esa published Kurzfilm. German Short Films and Activities Manual (Heinle & Heinle). In honor of Helene Zimmer-Loew, long time Executive Director of the AATG, he published the book Musik im Deutschunterricht: Der gezielte Einsatz. His current project is a book tentatively entitled Rammstein im Deutscnunterricht.

Dr. Esa has won numerous awards, including the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande, in Anerkennung der um die Bundesrepublik Deutschland erworbenen Besonderen Verdienste (2009); AATG‘s Outstanding German Educator of the Year (College-University Level) (2009); the Ira Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award at McDaniel College (2007); and a Certificate of Merit from the Goethe-Institut and AATG for outstanding achievements in furthering and encouraging the study of German language and culture in the USA.

In 2007, Dr. Esa was a semifinalist for the Maryland Language Teacher of the Year.


Kaffeeklatsch; Begrüßung (Gulewich, Windham)

Kurzfilm im DaF-Unterricht (Esa)


Q&A: Fragen an Mohamed Esa

Kaffee und Kuchen

Business Meeting (Gulewich)


Contact Information

Questions? Contact Scott Windham swindham@elon.edu, 336.278.5841


Map and Directions

To get to Elon University, use these directions.

Parking: The usual visitor lots will be blocked for a home football game. Please park in the faculty/staff/visitor spots in The Oaks, a student residence located on North Williamson Avenue just north of the intersection with Haggard Avenue. If you see “Lake” Mary Nell (actually more of a pond) on your right, you’ve gone too far north. The Oaks is number 51 on this PDF map.

When parking, let the Campus Police officer know you’re here for the “German teachers’ association” meeting.

The meeting will be held on the third floor of the Global Commons, a new building in the Global Neighborhood (#57 on the PDF map). To get there from the parking lot, cross Williamson Avenue on foot from The Oaks. Immediately ahead and to your left will be the Center for the Arts. Follow the sidewalk to the other side of the Center for the Arts. Now you’ll see Lakeside Dining and the Moseley Center (student union) ahead to your right, and the Global Neighborhood to your left. The Global Commons is positioned in front of the other buildings, nearer to the so-called lake. Take the stairs to the third floor.

Lost? Call Scott’s cell: 919.699.6007


Participant List

Ute Bartley (Wiley International Elementary)
Wendy Burgbacher (Cary Academy HS)
Carola Dietbus (UNC-Greensboro)
Beth Gulewich (Broughton HS)
Alexandra Hellendrand (Appalachian State)
Jack Hellenbrand (Watauga County Schools)
Linda Horvath (Charlotte Catholic)
Alyssa Howards (Wake Forest University)
Nabeel Kandah (Enloe HS)
Norgard Klages
Brooke Kreitinger (UNC-Greensboro)
Joachim Körner (Hibriten HS)
Patricia Lanners (Appalachian State)
David Lovin (Fuquay-Varina HS)
Petra Martignoni (Raleigh Charter HS)
Paul Maseman (Apex HS)
Marilyn Metzler
Beverly Moser (Appalachian State)
James Propst (West Caldwell HS)
Sabine Schmid-Rankin (Forestview HS)
Susanne Rinner (UNC-Greensboro)
Elizabeth Schreiber-Byers (Duke University)
Tom Skinner
Tracy Spampinato (Wakefield HS)
Gabriele Verhoeven (Cary Academy HS)
Ingeborg Walther (Duke University)
Scott Windham (Elon University)
Lisa Worthington-Groce (Northwest Guilford HS)
Brigitte Woloszyn (Winston-Salem / Forsyth)
Andrea Wuerth (East Chapel Hill HS)