OHIO AATG FALL CONFERENCE AND OTHER AATG UPDATES

OHIO AATG FALL CONFERENCE

Dennis Boyd, Brunswick High School/Ohio AATG Treasurer/AATG Liaison to OFLA

The Fall AATG conference was held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Hyatt Place Dublin. The conference featured presentations by Gene Aufderhaar, Darlene Lyons, Leeni Martinkari, Debbie Page, Kevin Richards, Julie Schonauer, and Krista Winzer-Lee.

The presentation topics included articulation: collaboration between German programs at the secondary and post-secondary levels and OSU’s outreach program in high schools; testing: The National German Exam and the Deutsches Sprachdiplom; methods: intercultural competences, “Can do” statements, and elements of PBL for German; and advocacy: student travel (trips and exchanges) and cooperative projects between the German language advisor (Leeni Martinkari) and local institutions.

AATG Ohio members are encouraged to submit ideas and suggestions for content and topics they’d like to see at our Fall 2018 conference.

CALL FOR OHIO AATG 2ND VICE PRESIDENT NOMINATIONS

The Ohio AATG is currently soliciting calls for nominations for the 2nd Vice President from membership, with the election tentatively planned for the Spring 2018 conference. Please contact Ohio AATG officers with any questions or nominations prior to the conference.

2018 OHIO AATG OFFICERS

Office Name Email Term

President Julie Schonauer schonauerj@npschools.org 2016 – 2018

1st Vice President Gene Aufderhaar eaufder@gmail.com 2016 – 2018

2nd Vice President OPEN – Election to be held Spring 2018

Past President Debbie Page deborah.page@uc.edu 2016 – 2017

Treasurer Dennis Boyd dboyd1@gmail.com 2011 –

& Liaison to OFLA 2016 –

Membership chair Mark Himmelein himmelm@mountunion.edu 2012 –

Testing Chairperson Darlene Lyon fraulyon@yahoo.com 2011 –

Webmaster Mark Himmelein himmelm@mountunion.edu ongoing

Listserv moderator Stephanie Libbon slibbon@kent.edu ongoing

NATIONAL GERMAN EXAM

The AATG is currently administering its annual National German Exam. The results will be shared with teachers in mid-February, and then students who scored in the 90th percentile will be eligible to apply for a free three-week study-trip to Germany. German students from Ohio have earned strong scores over the past few years, including multiple winners. We expect a similarly strong showing this year thanks to our hard-working colleagues.

NEW FACEBOOK GROUP

At our annual Fall meeting, we created an AATG Ohio Facebook group. The goal is to share local, regional, and state events with colleagues and to help foster collaboration. We hope to continue seeing new members join! Find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aatgohio/

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