LOCKPORT – This past semester, Lockport Township High School German students were able to take their lessons past the classroom by participating in several events.
At the Steuben parade, LTHS German students were not only given the opportunity to be surrounded by Chicago’s rich German-American culture, but also to represent Lockport Township High School marching in a parade along with dozens of other German cultural and language societies.
Once the parade reached Lincoln Square, participants joined the annual German-American Day celebration that features an overwhelming variety of folk costumes, music, dancing and foods that engender a spirit of heritage and tradition.
A bit closer to home, Delta Epsilon Phi, the German Honor Society, hosted its annual Spieltag, a German game day. Germany is notorious for its complex and well-made board games.
Therefore, it is no surprise that German board games are a great way to learn about the culture and language. This also was an opportunity for third- and fourth-year German students to teach younger students some of the things they have learned along the way.
Perhaps the most exciting event, as it was a first for German classes, was the Einshoch 6 Konzert, a rap concert hosted by the American Association of Teachers of German at Northwestern University.
This Bavarian music group combines classical and modern music, working with language experts to create music videos online geared towards making the German language fun for young and old.
The day consisted of two workshops, which varied on ability and years studying the language, followed by an Einshoch 6 Concert. An unexpected perk of the event was the opportunity to learn under a new teacher, as all of the workshop classes were taught by German teachers from the Chicago area.
By the end of the day, every attendee had learned that German was not just a language class, it also could be a fun gateway to meeting new people and expanding their horizons.
This semester wrapped up with a visit to the Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza in Chicago – a cherished tradition that has been a part of German classes for years.
Not only was it a unique opportunity for students to actually use their German with vendors from Germany, but also to purchase German candies and trinkets that help remind of traditional handicrafts and a holiday experience.