German Adult Immersion Programs
German Cultural Immersion Programs | 18+
Getting ready for a trip to the German-speaking world? Want to use German for fun or need to use it for work? Interested in practicing everyday German or brushing up on your language skills? Our unique program for adults is designed with you in mind.
At Waldsee, we tailor our program to your personal interests. Language sessions are friendly, fun, accessible, and practical. Learn and use your German in everyday conversations and mealtime discussions while enjoying authentic German cuisine. Spend time over coffee and Kuchen with native speakers at the afternoon Waldsee Cafe. Practice your German actively in arts, sports, cooking, baking, environmental, historical and cultural activities. Enjoy our beautiful lakeside setting and explore the natural world on the water or on walks through the woods. Through these hands-on experiences you will gain confidence and further your ability to apply your German in real-life situations auf der Stelle.
Special Summer Adult Programs
Join us for a summer adult immersion experience in German language and culture in August 2020. Hone your German in a variety of situations that will engage you at your level of ability -- whether beginner or advanced -- to learn and apply your language skills in communicative settings -- naturally, and with ease.
You will literally learn German with all of your senses. The key to Waldsee's results is our commitment to create motivating and personally rewarding language sessions.
Week 1: August 10-15, 2020
Week 2: August 17-22, 2020
Note: August Adult Weeks are held concurrently with German family and youth programs. The Waldsee site can accommodate multiple programs operating independently from one another. Occasional interactions among programs also enrich language and cultural learning opportunities.
Waldsee German Adult Week is located at Waldsee German Language Village near Bemidji, Minn. Waldsee provides a beautiful, architecturally authentic backdrop with buildings modeled on a real German Language Village. Everything from the mailboxes to the street signs is authentic to German style. Housing is geared to adult needs and expectations. Mealtimes are a signature experience of the CLV approach to language learning, and combine authentic regional cuisines with practical opportunities to use German in social settings.
The talented and motivated staff members at Waldsee provide expert instruction in small and large group settings catered specifically to participants’ language abilities. You can focus your personal interest in German, develop skills that help you professionally, or prepare for a trip. The Adult Week is tailored to the way adults learn language and include cultural immersion activities and opportunities to engage on contemporary issues, with maximum opportunities to use your language as you are learning it -- all in a supportive, educationally-rich atmosphere. Language sessions are friendly, fun, accessible, and practical.
Meet the Program Leaders
Dan Karl Hamilton is dean of Waldsee, the German Language Village, in July and August. During the academic year he serves as the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Karl has served as a senior U.S. diplomat, including as Associate Director of the Policy Planning Staff for two U.S. Secretaries of State. He also served as a Senior Diplomatic Fellow for German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and as a member of the Futures Advisory Group of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Karl is a prolific author and a regular media commentator on international relations and international education. He has been awarded Germany’s Federal Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz), France’s Ordre des Palmes académiques, Sweden’s Royal Order of the Polar Star, and the U.S. Department of State’s Superior Honor Award.
Edwin Dehler-Seter, a native of Fulda, Germany and Language Villages staff member for over 25 years with summer and year-round programs, is the dean for German Year-Round Programs and the Villages’ Environmental Education and Natural Resource Management Specialist. He holds a teaching degree from the University of Regensburg, Germany, and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, N.H.