We hosted a jolly 'Weihnachtsfeier' on Wednesday, November 21, at University of Auckland's Epsom Campus. Pianist Amy Chang and singer Nathan Hauraki entertained us with their excellent musical skills. The celebration was in the German tradition with Stollen, Plätzchen and other seasonal goodies as well as juice, wine, tea. Thanks to everyone for their generous contributions. It was an enjoyable evening and a pleasant way to get ready for the festive season.
A large number of students, parents, friends, families and teachers attended the prize-giving celebrations of the 2018 Auckland Goethe Society German examinations on September 26. The Fisher & Paykel Appliances auditorium at Auckland University was packed with visitors and aspiring German language learners.
Guest speaker Astrid Sandberg shared her experience with the audience and described how learning the German language has enriched her life and helped her to make a lot of friends and has led to a successful career. She encouraged the young students to give learning a second language a chance.
Auckland Goethe Society president Stephan Resch pointed out that the examinations would not have been possible without the support of the teachers of German in Auckland schools and the help of a dedicated team of people, willing to be involved.
On Wednesday, June 13th, the Auckland Goethe Society invited to an evening of German board games. The cosy atmosphere in the Humanities Common Room of Auckland University was the perfect antidote to the cold and dark weather conditions outside. The number of entrants was not large but all the more passionate about playing board games. We had some excellent German versions of popular games.
Stocked up with chips, Gummibaerchen, crackers, cheese, soft drinks and juice, we dived into the games. The only challenge was the agony of choice. We enjoyed the evening very much, whether we played 'Pirateninse', 'Spiel des Lebens' or 'Reise um die Welt'. It was all fun and entertainment and the participants would like to have a repeat. Bring it on.
With 40 plus participants, this year's edition of the annual Goethe Society German Quiz Evening on May 16, was again a great success.
MC Johnson Zhuang (picture right) led through the fun-filled evening, helped by Annika Wischnewski and Anna Luft, who double-checked all questions and evaluated the answer sheets for the participants.
School and university students, as well as Goethe Society members and German teachers teamed up to answer the pub quiz format questions about Germany. Participants were tested on their general knowledge about the country and in diverse fields such as history, geography, society, popular culture, literature, music and sports.
One of the funniest part was to recreate long German words. The German language is notable for its compound nouns such as Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz, which means "law for the delegation of monitoring beef labelling". Thankfully, this word is out of use since 2013.
For reasons of fairness, German teachers and native speakers played in a separate category. The winners enjoyed German sweets and other goodies.
Around 25 people joined the presentation of Katie Sutton on April 16th, 2018. The lecturer at the Australian National University in Melbourne talked about how photography and film were used to make research into sexuality appear more scientific and therefore more respectable. She discussed two films: The Steinach-Film (The Steinach Film, 1923), a documentary detailing Viennese physiologist Eugen Steinach’s pioneering sex organ transplant experiments, and G W Pabst’s 'Geheimnisse einer Seele' (1926), a thriller narrative as a means of popularizing the still-new methods and theories of psychoanalysis. It was an inspiring and interesting insight into the film industry of these days.
Around 20 guests joined the Auckland Goethe Society on Monday March, 19th, to listen to the presentation of Prof. em. Friederike Klippel from the University of Munich. She gave an in depth insight into the research of language learning throughout the last 120 years and explained the status quo. Klippel focused on questions such as 'What are the topics and areas of research? How is research conducted? Who are the researchers? Where does research happen?' She reported on trends and developments in the last years and sketched the current state of research. Adding to that, she looked at its present blind spots. Finally, she shared her personal views with the audience, on topics such as 'how to look into the role of teaching different languages, how to approach things long -term as well as the role of grammar'. A lively discussion followed her presentation.
Between 35 and 40 people joined us at our 'Weihnachtsfeier' on December 15, 2017 in the music auditorium at Auckland University’s Epsom Campus. Volker Strübing, Goethe-Institut writer in residence in Christchurch, was our special guest. He read some of his work and spoke of his experience as a traveller in New Zealand. His partner Renée van Bavel performed on the piano. It was a very pleasant evening with Stollen, Plätzchen and other seasonal goodies as well as juice, wine and tea. Thanks to everyone for their generous contributions. It was an enjoyable evening and a pleasant way to wrap up the year.
On September 27, the Fisher & Paykel Appliances auditorium at Auckland University was again packed with students, parents, friends, families and teachers to attend the prize-giving celebrations of the 2017 Auckland Goethe Society German examinations. Over 400 people joined in, 170 of them language students. Nicola Gaston, associate professor at the University of Auckland, was guest speaker. She talked about the value of arts & languages and how she enriched her life as a natural scientist. The students showed wonderful levels of proficiency in German, as well as an understanding that a different language may be one of the best career development tools with a competitive advantage.