“German Day” at Washington University in St. Louis
Enlarge image German Day at Washington University (© Lansing Hecker) Washington University in St. Louis’ Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures hosted its 36 annual German Day on Thursday, April 12, 2012 for 826 German language students with their teachers from 23 Missouri and southern Illinois high schools. This year’s event theme: ”100 Jahre deutscher Film”.
This annual German Day event encouraged individual high school student participation in a wide variety of German language contests, as well as non-contest activities at the nationally-ranked, private college campus.
Activities included German Film-themed student skits, a poster contest, a spelling bee, a scavenger hunt, and a video contest. Non-contest activities included viewing German TV Commercials and a Süßigkeiten Counting Contest.
The German Film-themed poetry Declamation Contest featured four levels of German language proficiency from first year students to more advanced levels with three to six years of instruction.
Enlarge image German Day at Washington University (© Lansing Hecker) The annual German Day event was sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis German Department Chair, Professor Lutz Koepnick.
The campus-wide German Day event was coordinated this year by the department’s Specialist in Foreign Language Pedagogy, Dr. Eva-Marie Russo and Student Coordinator, Empress Sanders, as well as supported by the entire German Department’s professional and administrative staff, including graduate and undergraduate students.