GERMAN 358 - German Teaching Assistance for Children at the Deutsche Schule Ann Arbor (DSAA)
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing or beyond. Completion of two of the following courses: GERMAN 300, 325, 326, 332, 336, 350, 351, 357, 380, 385, 425, 426, 430, 431, 454, 457, 464, or 499.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this course, Michigan undergraduates function as a teaching assistant to a kindergarten or preschool instructor at the Deutsche Schule Ann Arbor (DSAA), a learning community that has been teaching German to Ann-Arbor-area children of various ages since January of 2008. All instruction and interaction with the children is in German.

Teaching assistants need to be able to approach and successfully interact with the children in German, and help them when needed. The presence of the Michigan student at the DSAA should enable the school's instructors to prepare or lead parallel activities. The Michigan student also should be able to lead the children in group activities, or provide one or two children with more intensive, personalized assistance if requested.

Course Requirements:

In addition to the DSAA teaching assistance, the Michigan student will be required to meet briefly with the course faculty advisor no more than once per DSAA-Saturday. This meeting takes place during the advisor's office hours during the week. The faculty advisor will be responsible for reviewing the Michigan student's progress, and will provide advice and support. The Michigan student is required to write short reports in German about how the pedagogical experience and DSAA-Saturdays are progressing.

Intended Audience:

Sophomores, juniors, seniors who may be interested in pursuing a career in teaching.

Class Format:

Michigan Students are to function as teaching assistants at the Deutsche Schule Ann Arbor (DSAA). In this capacity, they are required to attend each of the DSAA's Saturday instruction periods during the semester. Before the first DSAA-Saturday, Michigan students are required to meet or establish contact with the director of the DSAA so that the students can introduce themselves. This will be facilitated by the faculty advisor.

Class is held on eight Saturdays per semester; usually two Saturdays per month. Instruction typically begins at 9:30am and lasts until 12:00pm. Instruction for the Fall Term typically begins in the second week of September; for the Winter Term it begins in mid-January.

Michigan students are to arrive at the school at least 10 minutes before the start of class and assist DSAA instructors in preparing the classroom.

The student will be responsible for transportation to and from the school. Car-pooling with another teaching assistant may be possible.

GERMAN 358 - German Teaching Assistance for Children at the Deutsche Schule Ann Arbor (DSAA)
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001 (SEM)
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