From November 10-12, Budimka Uskokovic attended the annual TA workshop, named Fertigkeitentraining – ohne Lehrbuch, hosted by the Goethe Institute Chicago and funded by the German Exchange Academic Service (DAAD). She was joined by fellow students from Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Kansas, and Wisconsin.
The 2017 workshop was organized by Dr. Tobias Barske, who demonstrated how to use authentic materials in order to support learners' language development. The starting point of this inspiring workshop was The Backward Design Process, where teachers have to identify desired results first and then plan learning experiences and methods of instruction. He also pointed to the good sides of online assessment tools, such as Duolingo, Quizlet, GoogleDocs, GoogleForms, and Screencast-O-Matic.
Teaching Associates from the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Ohio State continue to gain inspiration from Goethe Institut workshops year after year, and our undergraduate Buckeyes learning German benefit, too!