GRMN related information

This page will provide you with information about extracurricular activities relevant for students learning German;  links to study tools and resources, including news and newspapers and give additional information about German culture.

There are several ways you can get involved in German beyond the classroom. You can come to a German film screening during LLCU International Film night or visit the German Club meeting and participate in various activities such conversation or  board games. Attending potlucks at the Queen’s International Student Centre will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in other cultures and get to know exchange students from Germany!

Queen's International Student Centre

 The Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) is an international education support service for students, faculty and staff at Queen’s. Through its activities the Centre promotes an internationally informed and cross culturally sensitive university community.

QUIC programs and services support

  • the academic and personal development of international students, other international members of the Queen’s community, and their families;
  • the academic and personal development of Queen’s students, staff and faculty interested in Education Abroad; and
  • the internationalization of the campus by working with university departments, offices, groups and individuals to enhance and diversify the international learning environment at Queen’s through educational and training activities.

QUIC offers many cultural events and get-together for students, as well as the opportunity to volunteer to support international students with improving their English as they integrate into Queen’s life.  It is a fruitful way to meet other students from other countries, to help and to learn from one another.


 Check QUIC Calendar of Events for the most up-to-date information.

LinguaeLive

LinguaeLive was founded by Dr. Jennifer Hosek. LinguaeLive helps instructors find and link with instructors and their classes whose skills and needs complement theirs. The Course Codes allow instructors oversight of student registration. LinguaeLive helps students in linked classes find complementary partners. They can communicate using any method, such as VOIP or Chat.

Tessa met her skype partner after graduation. Many of the students who did e-tandem are still in touch with their partners even after they graduate. Some finally get to meet their partners in person. They are still learning their target languages and cultures through their friendship.

 

For more information, please visit LinguaeLive website, see the PowerPoint presentation or watch YouTube video.

German Film Night

Films in German and with English subtitles are screened throughout the academic year either as part of the LLCU International Film Night or a German Film course (such as GRMN 428).

These screenings are open to all students and Kingston public.

You can also check our news section for the most updated event information.

Student Clubs

With approximately 450 student clubs to choose from, you can easily enhance what you learn in the classroom and give you the chance to embrace your passions. More than 100 cultural and ethnic student clubs and organizations foster diversity and cultural engagement on campus. Below is AMS (Alma Mater Society) club that may be of interests for students of German:

World Languages Club hosts cultural and discussion events that bring together students of a common linguistic background and/or interest, regardless of concentration. The majority of our events are nights dedicated to one language (determined by popular demand) with a cultural theme (for example, Oktoberfest for German; Lunar New Year for Chinese). Students of all abilities are welcome, as the administration of these discussion-events will utilize an innovative “rotation method” for discussions. Participants will grouped by language ability level, and will rotate between conversing with those at their own level, teaching/being taught something new by those of another level, and thematic/game-style discussion in a large group. Holistic multilingual events will also be hosted, celebrating the universal characteristics of language, international exchange, and benefits of multilingualism. All events will include the presentation of cultural foods, either prepared by the executive committee or assembled by potluck.

Related links

Learning German
Deutsche Welle Beginner’s Level Learn how to communicate the basics, like where you live and what your hobbies are. This course caters to level A1, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Deutschkurs German language manual for English speakers. With this manula you can learn German online.
The complete German grammar with many audio with an easy navigation and explained in a clear manner.
German Alphabet & Pronunciation Guide This page provides an over-all view of what you need to learn to pronounce words correctly. The drop-down menu above provides direct links to more information concerning different sounds and groupings.
Text to speech Test your pronunciation- single words or full sentences! From SitePal
German for music lovers Collection of language-learning resources for students, teachers and anyone who loves music. Ranging in style from classical to hiphop, from rock to rap, each song is furnished with a German/English vocabulary and supplemented with interesting links.

This website helps students to learn with others across the globe. LinguaeLive helps instructors find and link with instructors and their classes whose skills and needs complement theirs. The Course Codes allow instructors oversight of student registration.
Link to LinguaeLive

News and Newspapers
Deutsche Welle DW represents Germany in the international media landscape. Germany’s international broadcaster conveys the country as a nation rooted in European culture and as a liberal, democratic state based on the rule of law
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (German) FAZ, is a national centre-right wing German newspaper, founded in 1949. It is published daily in Frankfurt am Main
Die Welt Die Welt (English: The World) is a German national daily newspaper. It takes a self-described "liberal cosmopolitan" position in editing, but Die Welt is generally considered to be conservative
Die Zeit German national weekly newspaper well-regarded for its journalistic quality. It is the most widely read German weekly newspaper

Der Spiegel (German)

Der Spiegel (English)

Der Spiegel is a weekly news magazine published in Hamburg. It is one of Europe's largest publications of its kind, with a weekly circulation of more than one million

Culture
Goethe Institut The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. We also foster knowledge about Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics  
German Culture Collection German Culture Collection of links on different topics including art, food, travel, history
Make it in Germany "Make it in Germany" is the multilingual "Welcome to Germany" portal for international qualified professionals. The Web site shows qualified professionals from other countries the way to Germany – and what makes it worthwhile to live and work here. Includes Introduction to Germany
Facts about Germany Facts about Germany website is a service by Frankfurter Societäts-Medien GmbH, Frankfurt am Main, in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

The German Language and Literature collection at Queen's Library offers many resources including the dictionaries (in the Reference section), article indexes, books, biographies, theses, websites and much more.

If you need help from a librarian, please contact Hannah Tanna