Manitoba Teachers of German
Annual Report

The MTG has had another successful year promoting German language education this past year. The Professional Development committee planned and hosted a very successful inservice on September 24th, 2010, which offered a variety of workshops to accommodate all levels from Kindergarten to university. Presenters/facilitators included Alexandra Heberger (U of Manitoba), Anna Romano (S. Kamloops Sekondarschule), Wieland Petermann (Fachberater, Kanada- West), Elsie Tessmann (Winnipeg German Bilingual Program- Kindergarten), and Steffi Retzlaff (Goethe Institut, Toronto). More than 70 teachers of German attended the inservice. The Annual General Meeting also took place on this day, at which two executive members- Michelle Kolbe (president) and Dawn Dreger (secretary – treasurer) announced their resignations. Alexander Wall was then elected as the new president, and Rita Giesbrecht is our new secretary- treasurer.

We were very pleased to have had Christine Arweiler, the German Support Teacher, in Manitoba for the past two years. Her services included thematic lesson/unit planning, curriculum development, Sprachdiplom administration, facilitating PD sessions, and general resource support. She has since taken on a teaching position in Germany and we are currently awaiting her replacement.

Our student exchange program with Hamburg or Lower Saxony, which was on the verge of collapse only one year ago, has increased its numbers from 11 to 32! Many exciting activities were planned for the German students, including a 3 day retreat at Camp Cedarwood, a Blue Bomber game, a bowling afternoon, a day in the park, etc. This exchange program is sponsored by MTG and supported by Manitoba Education Citizenship and Youth.

The 37th annual Manitoba German Language Contest was held on February 12, 2011, with 132 enthusiastic students from grades 7- 12 competing for generous cash prizes or for one of two study trips to Germany. 51 teachers/professors/university students of German were involved either as marking or oral testing judges. The contest was another tremendous success thanks to the organizing committee, the judges, the Goethe Institut and the PAD for the study trip prizes, and the very generous support of the corporate and private donors.

Deutschmobil, the traveling Mercedes van from Germany made numerous stops in Manitoba to promote the German language and modern German culture in our schools. We would like to thank the German government for including Manitoba in this enriching project and the Goethe Institut for managing it.