Workshops and Study Tours

2019 Tour Group in front of the Deutsche Banhof museum
Group with Dr. Anne Marie Freybourg, second row, right, in front of the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin, May 2019

Cultural Study Tour Course: Experience Germany Differently, 2022!

Given the current health and travel situation, we’ve decided to postpone our trip and are tentatively looking at Fall 2022.

In this interactive, preparatory course for our Experience Germany Differently, 2022! tour, you will not only become familiar with Germany’s history and culture, but also develop language and travel skills, such as learning how to navigate daily interactions in German and public transportation, study cultural differences and work out the details and logistics of our group adventure.

Danke!This course is a prerequisite for the Experience Germany Differently, 2022! tour. We designed this course to enrich and enhance your intercultural experience as a well-prepared traveller. It consists of six two-hour sessions, spread over six months prior to departure: March through August 2022.

The cost is $300, in advance, payable to Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies. Register by February 15, 2022 via PayPal, or mail a check to the Gerlind Institute address: 2128 108th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94603.

The session dates and times will be arranged by group agreement. Click here to see participants' comments from the trip.

March Introductions
Geography of Germany
Suggested travel dates: September 1-15,
Flight options, travel insurance, passports
Itinerary wish list
Discussion of Reservation Form and Terms and Conditions

Bring your wish list and signed Reservation Form to April class
Deposit due April 30, 2022

April Discuss itinerary wish lists: what are you most interested in doing?
Intro to German travel language
Review resource and travel apps list (will be sent via e-mail)
Research an event, or location, you want to see/visit for May
Tour Balance due May 31, 2022
Discussion of your suggested events & locations
Cultural differences, e.g. dining out customs: ordering, payment, tipping, public behavior expectations, resource conservation (recycling)
German travel language: role play ordering food
Study travel language
Choose text or film to present in February
Itinerary complete
Interactive exercises in navigating public transit in Berlin and Hamburg
German travel language: transportation signs, learning and asking for directions, maps

Study travel language
Choose text or film to present in July

Itinerary complete
Interactive exercises in navigating public transit in Berlin and Hamburg
German travel language: transportation signs, learning and asking for directions, maps
Bring phones, with loaded apps, for exercise
Designate stateside emergency contacts
Getting ready: exchanging money, phone services: SIMM cards
Review final itinerary
Travel language & potluck
Bring a dish for the potluck
  • Teachers: Marion Gerlind, JB
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Frauen mit Rock
Sprachseminar- gender-inclusive and non-racist models for daily German language use
4 hours •  TBA

Marion Gerlind and Jenny Hilfer team-teach this seminar in which participants will learn how we can transform inequalities in German and English language into gender-inclusive and non-racist daily usage. Based on our research and previous work, Marion will present examples from Sprachgewaltige Frauen (Speak Out Powerful Women), a handbook on language she co-authored in Hamburg, Germany, and Jenny will present her findings of male biases in English lexicons.

We'll explore as a group how the use of the capital "I" in nouns and other options increase women's visibility in German and how everyone of us can take active steps to abolish sexist and racist concepts in language and life. Our goal is to demonstrate that we can go beyond traditional representations of women and people of color by employing gender-inclusive and non-racist models in our work toward social change and justice.

  • Language of the seminar: German and English
  • Minimum 6 participants
  • Teachers: Marion Gerlind & Jennifer Hilfer
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©1992. From Sprachgewaltige Frauen by Marion Gerlind Veit, Antje Kurz, Maren Reiche, and Rita Hanaková
Visibility Matters: Women and People of Color in (German) Language Teaching
Workshop • TBA • 12:00-4:00 p.m.

In this interactive multimedia workshop we’ll address the obvious and subtler uses of male-biased German language, stereotyping of gender roles, ethnic and age-related prejudices, as well as social class based assumptions, ubiquitous in standard German teaching materials. For instance, we’ll investigate how many people in wheelchairs and (older) women and men of color beyond stereotypical roles are presented as part of German diversity. Are they the exception to the rule? Is the prototype of a German still a white, heterosexual, able-bodied, middle-class man, despite the civil rights, women’s, and lesbian/gay movements? We’ll explore how we can use the capital “I” for women’s visibility in writing and replace sexist and racist expressions. Our goal is to demonstrate how educators can go beyond traditional representations by employing non-racist and gender-inclusive models for students of the 21st century.

Examples will be in German with English, French, and Spanish (translations) in mind. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring their own models/examples. Adaptable for students from kindergarten to university levels. Minimum 5 participants.

  • Teacher: Marion Gerlind
  • Cost: (between $40-100)
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