German

Student Opportunities

German Language Table

You learn a language by using it regularly, which is one of the reasons why the German Language Assistant hosts a German Language Table in Hamilton Commons, the primary dining commons on campus, each Monday evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come share a meal and lively conversation in German!

German Club

The Alma College German Club is a student-run organization. Elected officials and enthusiastic German students help organize extra-curricular activities to spread knowledge to those interested in German culture through fun events such as plays, films, Christmas events, Karneval and other cultural activities. The German Club meets regularly and works very closely with the German program faculty. All are welcome to join! Meetings are held Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. in SAC 316. Contact adviser Dr. Holly Liu at (989) 463-7237 for more information.

Alma College is fortunate to have faculty who actively embrace the Spring Term concept, taking students abroad for four weeks that amount to a once-in-a-lifetime experience touring historic sites and learning first-hand about the Holocaust.

Study Abroad

Similarly, we have forged relationships with German institutions of higher learning so our students can have term-long and year-long immersive German-speaking experiences. Talk with Dr. Holly Liu about Spring Term opportunities or Carla Jensen in the Off-Campus Study office in the Center for Student Opportunity for more information. 

Get Creative 

At Alma, we believe learning a foreign language is more than reading, writing and speaking. We want you to put it to creative use. The projects below are from GRM 111, the beginning of German course, which is open to students who have no prior knowledge of German. Students are asked to pair with each other to present a mini dialogue in class based on their concurrent vocabulary. They then memorized the lines and created videos from their scripts. Enjoy!

Mary Chambers ’15 and Austin Rodriguez ’16 created this dialogue in a “Musikladen” where Mary wants to buy a guitar and music major Austin, an excellent musician, uses his charm to fascinate the pretty girl.

Daric Mueller ’15 and Nicholas R. McElroy ’18 created this TV “Supermarkt Sweep” show, which awards two candidates with Euro 2000 if they can quickly pick up what they are told to shop for without any incidents.