Seminar im Nietzsche-Archiv in Weimar.

German-Asian Teacher Encounter

International Encounter: Connecting Asian and German Schools through Culture, Language and Art

Saturday, 23 March – Wednesday, 27 March 2019
(including arrival and departure: 22-28 March)
Location: Weimar and other towns in Thuringia

This event aims to promote dialogue between German teachers from Asia and Germany. Asian participants are given the chance to become better acquainted with German culture, language and art, and learn more about the German school system and practical classroom instruction. They also discuss how regional studies/cultural education can be incorporated into language teaching. For the German participants, the symposium is a unique opportunity to engage in intercultural dialogue and gain a fundamental change in perspective, i.e. to view language and cultural instruction from a non-native speaker’s point of view.

The first two days of the encounter introduce Asian participants to German cultural history and demonstrate how it is presented by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. The Klassik Stiftung Weimar is one of the largest and most prestigious cultural institutions in Germany, consisting of an extraordinary ensemble of over 20 museums, eleven of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On the third day, the German and Asian participants meet one another, discuss specific characteristics of their German lessons, and share their intercultural view of Weimar. During the mornings of the fourth and fifth day, the German teachers invite the Asian participants to sit in on their classes at various schools in Thuringia (paired up in German-Asian tandems), after which they return to Weimar to jointly discuss their impressions and experiences.

The event is targeted at instructors from Asia who teach “German as a Foreign Language” and German teachers from Thuringia. The upcoming symposium will be conducted in German.

The international encounter builds on the experiences of the participating institutions gained from several successful German-Indian youth exchanges. The organisers hope that the symposium will promote the development of longer-term exchange programmes between the participating schools.

The symposium is organised by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar in cooperation with the Thuringian Institute for Teacher Education, Curriculum Development and Media and the project “East speaks West, West speaks East”.

Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.

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