Many of history’s greatest thinkers wrote in German: Goethe, Mann, Kafka, Kant, Hegel, Schiller, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and Jung, to name just a few. And some of the world’s most renowned artists were of German descent: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Dürer, Nolde, Ernst.
But if that doesn’t inspire you to study German, perhaps the fact that Germany has the third largest economy in the world and is the economic powerhouse of the European Union does. German companies account for 700,000 jobs in the United States. As a nation committed to research and development, Germans are on the frontline of new technologies. Germany exports more high-tech products than any other country except the U.S., and more than 600 firms are active in the cutting-edge field of biotechnology.
The German program at Transylvania offers a unique combination of language instruction and culture studies. Its goal is to awaken students' interest in traveling to Germany, Austria, or Switzerland as they become comfortable using the language.
Classes in German are small and offer considerable personal attention. Advanced classes average about 10 students per course.
Transylvania is a member of the Kentucky Institute for International Studies, which offers two excellent opportunities to study in Germany. Students can live with a German host family for either six weeks in the summer or three months during the academic year. By immersing themselves in the language and culture, students establish a solid foundation for further study and achieve considerable fluency. Scholarships are available to make study abroad surprisingly affordable.
Be able to communicate with over 100 million more people. German is the most widely spoken language in Europe.
Enhance your marketability when looking for a job. There are over 60 offices or industrial plants in Kentucky alone with ties to German, Austrian or Swiss firms.
Prepare for graduate school language requirements. Most scientific and arts programs require or recommend studying German.
Learn to think according to other patterns, while appreciating the variety of linguistic systems in the world; simultaneously, become more conscious of English structures and more adept in using the English language.
Compiled and edited by German teacher Rob Williams, Fairfax High School, Fairfax, Va.
from VISTAWIDE World Languages & Culture