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In eynem’s Communicative Approach to Yiddish Pedagogy

PhD candidate of the GNSD Department, Meyer Weinshel, has been piloting a forthcoming Yiddish textbook, In eynem, the Yiddish Book Center’s forthcoming communicative language textbook (available July 2020).  To mark the publication of the book, Meyer interviewed Asya Vaisman Schulman, co-author of the book, and director of the Yiddish Book Center’s Yiddish Language Institute.
Portrait of Ross Etherton

An Unexpected Love

Before he discovered the joy of learning languages, Ross Etherton had no intention of going to college. Today, the GNSD department welcomes him as a thoughtful and engaged assistant professor. Read his journey from a small town in Nebraska to Austria and eventually to the UMN.
Professor Emeritus Gerhard Weiss

Gerhard Weiss dies at 93

Weiss began teaching German studies at the U in 1956 and also served as the department's chair for eight years. He mentored new faculty and redefined how German studies was taught at the U, incorporating topics that went beyond language and literature to include urban studies and cultural history.
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An Experience for Everyone

Chelsea Spencer is a senior majoring in German, Scandinavian, Dutch (with an emphasis in German) and global studies and minoring in biology. During her time abroad, Spencer maximized her time by traveling, volunteering, and living with a native German family. Spencer reflects that studying abroad can work for anyone, regardless of their schedule or budget, and adds that “it’s an experience unlike any other.”
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Finding Authenticity Abroad

Molly Tynjala recently graduated with a major in English and a minor in political science. Driven to learn more about her heritage, she began taking Finnish classes as a sophomore and discovered a deep appreciation for Finnish language and culture. The Finnish Connection Scholarship she received allowed her to explore the country firsthand. “The support of donors means the world to me,” she says. “It illustrates to me that other people still have hope for the future and have faith that young people will achieve remarkable things.”
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A Changed Perspective

Anna Keltner is working toward a double-major in German, Scandinavian, Dutch (with an emphasis in Finnish) and strategic communications, with a minor in political science. She shares how learning abroad in Finland advanced her personal and professional plans and inspired new goals, adding that she “gained so much confidence, became a lot more independent, and got a much clearer picture of how [she wants her] life to go.”
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Living Your Coursework

Abigail Bauer is pursuing a German, Scandinavian, Dutch major and a minor in Swedish. Reflecting on a previous trip to Europe, she explains that “learning abroad makes real the history you learn in the classroom” because it creates a personal, tangible connection. She adds that learning abroad aids in personal development by helping you gain “new confidence to explore other places and their cultures,” and looks forward to returning to Germany this summer.

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