German House and Other Activities
- German House and Stammtisch
- Kaffeestunde,Norsk Kaffepause, and Koffetijd
- IUB's Language Laboratory
- Seminar Library and Oskar Seidlin Reading Room
There are also specific times set aside for speaking German, such as the weekly Stammtisch.
The department sponsors a weekly Kaffeestunde as a setting for informal conversation in German outside the classroom. Students at all levels, as well as faculty and associate instructors, are invited to attend.Kaffeestunde will take place on Wednesdays, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in Ballantine Hall 643 (the Germanic Studies seminar library).
Students of Dutch also meet regularly for conversation. Please contact Bieneke Haitjema for more information
Students of Norwegian meet monthly for conversation as well. Please contact Gergana May for more information.
Please note: Kaffeestunde, Norsk Kaffepause, and Koffietijd do not take place during the summer sessions, nor meet during the first or last weeks (dead week) of classes during the fall and spring semesters.
The campus language laboratory complex is located on the first floor of Ballantine Hall. Use of specified tapes is assigned or encouraged in several German language courses. Students at any level are always welcome to work on pronunciation and listening skills with appropriate lab tapes, even if not in connection with a specific course. Besides taped exercises coordinated with specific textbooks, the language lab also maintains an extensive collection of stories, plays, poetry, songs, and music by German, Austrian, and Swiss writers and composers. Germanic Studies tapes are housed with other foreign language tapes in Ballantine 121, where they may be checked out for use in the lab rooms BH 115 and 117. Although tapes may not be removed from the language lab area, students may make copies of any lab cassettes free of charge in BH 121 if they provide their own normal-bias cassettes. Assigned listenings for G100, G150, and G200 can also be accessed online at . Further information about language lab facilities and policies is available in Ballantine Hall 120 (855- 8383).
Educational software assigned in the introductory courses G100, G150, and G200 may be accessed in Ballantine Hall 104, 108, and 118.
Reserve book shelves and associate instructors' mailboxes are also located in BH 643 Books may be checked out through the undergraduate secretary in BH 644. An assortment of periodicals from the German-speaking countries, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands is kept in the Oskar Seidlin Reading Room, Ballantine Hall 643A. Materials may not be removed from this room, which is used exclusively for reading.