Ulrike Sperr and Patricia Lanners Kaminski, professors of the Languages Department at Universidad de las Américas Puebla, participated int he 14th Meeting of the Mexican Association of Professors of the German Language (AMPAL) at Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas (UNACH) in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, sharing their experience in teaching German.
In this edition, the Mexican Association of Professors of the German Language A.C., an NGO founded in 1992 to promote training and updating for German professors in Mexico, had as its main topic teaching German to children, young people, and adults in the digital era. The UDLAP faculty members gave a lecture about the history of the Center for Language Learning (CAL), the use of apps, social networks, and websites for learning inside and outside the classroom.
“The lecture I gave with Patricia was on how German has been adapting to the new implications of the digital era. I spoke about the history and purpose of the Center for Language Learning (CAL)” said professor Sperr who also remembered how CAL has evolved through the years in the way it teaches and works.
For her part, professor Lanners explained in this lecture the use of apps and how she has worked with them during her teaching career. “For example, we shared and showed our students how we use Blackboard, social networks and other apps, both inside the classroom and out. Through social networks we see how to ask something or say something in specific dates, we talk about topics we saw in class and thus make them learn outside the classroom,” she added.
Professor Sperr, who has been a member of AMPAL for 18 years, and which she led for a time, also delivered a second lecture related to her research topics, but on this occasion it was about a case study on the difficulty of German for children who grow up bilingual in a Mexican environment.
Finally, professor Lanners expressed that these meetings are very important in the academic professional formation. “Academic meetings are really important. I usually go to several during the year, since it is a space to exchange ideas, learn new things or see if what you are doing is correct or not, and so you build a network with people who do the same thing that you do. That is priceless”.