Activity Report for 2010 from the president of ACTG

Regarding finances , this year has been barely manageable due to the worsened EURO exchange rate against the CAD and because we did not receive the cheque from Germany until August. Our major activities for students, however, are in February, March and May, when we really need the money.

We had two separate university German Immersions in February and March, 2010: one in Nova Scotia and one in New Brunswick. The Immersion Day in March from 12 to midnight in Halifax was attended by 50 students and instructors from Dalhousie, St. Mary’s University and Acadia University. Brigid Garvey organized and facilitated the event together with the German Club.

The German Immersion Weekend in New Brunswick was held at a German Inn, 1 hour from Fredericton. There were 18 students and instructors from the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, NB. The event featured preparing German meals, language games, music, mini-theatre, hiking to a frozen waterfall, Fasching and board games. Marianne Eiselt, Thomas Lornsen and Lena Wilting (PAD) organized and conducted this event.

The 5th annual German Day was held at St. Francis-Xavier University, NS, with over 100 participants including guest lecturers from government, industry and the German General Consulate Montreal Anja Niang and the Honorary German Consulate Halifax Anthony Chapman. Marianne Eiselt was invited by the organizer Marlis Lade to attend this event and to give an address as a representative of the ACTG.

Twenty-two professors, PAD’s and one high school teacher of the Maritimes attended our annual ACTG meeting at Dalhousie University in Halifax for two days. Dr. Legutke of the University of Giessen was invited by the Goethe Institute and we had the opportunity to attend his inspiring workshop about “Forschendes Lernen”. Other interesting talks included Dr. Anette Guse, who talked about perspectives about German programs in small and medium universities. Dr. John Plews gave a talk about developing ethnographic studies for study-abroad programs, Dr. Thomas Lornsen reported from his Goethe seminar in Berlin and introduced Generation E to us, Marlis Lade talked about integrating videos into lectures. Friedrich Broeckelmann gave a workshop on how to motivate students to write. Our small cultural program of Schubert- ,Schumann- and Leharliedern, performed by Dalhousie music students was another highlight of the event.

In 2010, we did not have a German Day for high schools because of the money crunch this year. We hope to be able to offer German Days for high school students in 2011.

Marianne Eiselt, president of the ACTG

Enrolment Numbers at Maritime Universities, High Schools & German Heritage School: 2010 to 2011

King’s-Edgehill School, NS:

14 students taking German as a foreign language
9 native speakers enrolled in “German literature”.

Halifax Grammar School
About 100 students in grades 9 to 12 are taking German as a foreign language. In 2010, there were 2 German “student teachers” from Bavaria for 2 months. The German program is still part of the IB program. Tanja Fitz’s students take the IB Language B Standard or Higher Level Exam in grade 12.

German Heritage Language School Association of Nova Scotia

children I 7
children II 8
children III 6
children IV 4

Total 25

adults Beginner I 19
adults Beginner II 6
adults Intermediate I 10
adults Intermediate II 8

Total 43

Dalhousie University, NS:

Dalhousie German student enrolment 2010-2011
All courses full-year unless noted. Where two enrolment numbers are given, the second number gives the total enrolment in the course (i.e. including those registered for the course in a different way)


German for Beginners: 125 students in four sections
German Fiction in Novel & Film: 60
German for Reading Knowledge: 13
German Folk & Fairy Tales: 31
Totals: 229 (or 458 if counted per semester)

Intermediate German: 27 students in two sections
Exercises in Translation & Composition: 7
Goethe’s Faust: 7
(Crosslisted with Early Modern Studies: Schiller’s Historical Drama: 4/11 and in second semester Goethe to Hegel: the German Romantic period 2/14)
German Art & Literature: 13
Freedom: from Luther to Nietzsche: 7
Totals: 64 (or 128 if counted per semester)

Advanced German: 25
Advanced Translation: 16 (Fall-semester only)
Advanced Spoken German: 8 (Winter-semester only)
German Environmentalism: 5 (Winter-semester only)
Goethe and the Enlightenment: 3/6 (Cross-listed as Graduate class)
Modern German Literature: 9/12 (Cross-listed as Graduate class)
Modern German Drama: (Cross-listed as Theatre class) 5/6

Aesthetic Theory: 2/5
3000&4000 combined totals (without grad students): 58 (or 116)
Overall enrolment: 343 (or 686)
plus three students in the Canadian Year in Freiburg

Saint Mary’s University, NS:

  • One Sessional Instructor: Katrin Jacob, one Part-time Instructor: Anika Neumann
  • 4 Studenten zurück von CSSG in Kassel
  • 1 Student war im Werkstudentenprogramm
  • 2 Studenten zurück von Jahr in Freiburg bzw. Giessen
  • Viel Interesse und schon 2 Bewerbungen für Kassel 2011 und Interesse an Giessen
  • Stammtisch von Woche zu Woche unterschiedlich gut besucht
Im ersten Jahr: Herbstsemester 74, Wintersemester bis jetzt 40 – wir hoffen auf eine zweite Section
Im zweiten Jahr: Herbstsemester 11, Wintersemester bis jetzt 8 eingeschrieben
Im dritten Jahr: Herbstsemester Sprachkurs 3000er level 5 Teilnehmer, Wintersemester thematischer Sprachkurs 4000er level bis jetzt 7, Kulturkurs 3000er level auf Englisch bis jetzt 5, aber wir machen noch Werbung dafür.

Saint Francis Xavier University, NS:

German 100 38
German 200 11
German 300 11

University of New Brunswick, NB:

GER 1002 (Winter 2010): 59
GER 1001 (Fall 2010): 134
GER 2002 (Winter 2010): 3
GER 2001 (Fall 2010): 21
GER 3022/4023: 4
GER/WLCS 3045 (German Literature, 1945-today): 15
GER/WLCS 3066 (Early German Cinema): 4
GER/WLCS 3055 (German Literature, 1900-1945): 15

Acadia University, NS:

To be submitted