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Die Piraten kommen!

Published: July 21, 2009

Our evening program, or Abendprogramm, for Tuesday, July 21 was das Hansespiel: villagers hailed from cities of the old Hanseatic League – among them places like Hamburg, Bremen, and Lübeck – and set “sail” across the Marktplatz in search of other cities with whom they could trade. But die Piraten had other ideas, and the Hanseatic sailors also had to confront die Pest and other dangers of medieval life. Luckily, they succeeded in their quest and Haus Lübeck proved to be the...

Earning Credit at Waldsee – An Adventure in Learning

Published: July 20, 2009

On Monday, July 20 we welcomed a new session of new villagers, including many who are involved in our high school credit program. This year credit villagers can choose to become Lehrlinge, or apprentices working on projects for the Waldsee community, as they use their German in real-life situations and develop individualized portfolios that record their progress in German over the four weeks. In addition to their regular classes, our credit villagers, or Leistungskursteilnehmer, have also...

Seifenoper AG, Teil II

Published: July 17, 2009

Here's the second part of Waldsee's two-part Seifenoper (soap opera) that was written and performed by one of the credit villager AGs (clubs). Click here to view the first part if you missed it. Viel Spaß!

Die Zuwanderungssimulation

Published: July 16, 2009

Until 2005, immigration to Germany was regulated exclusively by the Grundgesetz ("Basic Law") and various decrees. In 2005, Germany instituted its first comprehensive immigration policy in response to growing pressure from immigrants-rights groups and, among others, the European Union. Approximately 9 percent of people living in Germany do not have German citizenship, while approximately 20 percent of the German population is of immigrant background. After World War II, beginning in 1955,...

Seifenoper AG

Published: July 15, 2009

One of the most exciting element of the Waldsee credit program curriculum is the two-week cultural clubs (die AGs). Each villager selects two different club activities during the four-week credit program - things like Bogenschiessen (archery), Fussballtraining (soccer training), Backen (baking), Swingtanzen (swing dancing) and a variety of others. One of the clubs focused on Seifenoper, or soap operas. The group has been watching a variety of German-language soap operas and analyzing how...

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