Thanks to its great success, Fulbright Germany in cooperation with the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) brought back Meet-a-German for a third round as part of Wunderbar Together 2020 USA.
Meet-a-German offers American schools the wonderful opportunity to have a native speaker or someone with first-hand experience of German culture join their classroom. It also provides speakers with the chance to contribute to international understanding and to connect with local communities.
This year, over 140 schools and speakers in over 40 states confirmed their participation. Check out this year's interactive map to learn more.
To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, this year all Meet-a-German sessions took place online via video conferencing platforms. We were excited to utilize digital tools to support cultural exchange in these difficult times. While we all continue to face many uncertainties, the virtual classroom sessions were certainly a fun way for speakers and students to engage.
Thank you to the many schools and speakers that registered for Meet-a-German 2020! The registration is now officially closed.
In 2019, already 7% of classroom sessions took place online because speakers and schools were not close enough to travel for that one session. Both teachers and speakers gave very positive feedback regarding this virtual exchange:
“I was very happy to participate via the online format and felt that it worked very well. In terms of format, the teacher and I had a discussion beforehand about my background and interests in which I gave her some sample topics that I could speak about (e.g. being a POC in Germany, contemporary culture, majoring in German, etc.). The teacher then helped the students (9th and 10th graders) prepare questions in advance of our session. When I got to the session, I began by introducing myself (5 minutes or so) and then we had the q&a. This was all done in German. It was awesome to speak with the students and I hope they got something useful out of it.”
Fulbrighter Didem @ Swartz Creek High School, MI
“My students and I loved our Skype day with our very own German. He patiently answered what may have been over a hundred questions for four hours and played a game with my students. He even opted to miss his favorite college class to be with my German students after lunch! We very much appreciated the opportunity to meet him via Skype.”
On October 6, participants shared their experience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #MeetAGerman #WunderbarTogether and tagging on Instagram @FulbrightGermany, @AATGOnline, @WunderbarTogether, on Facebook @FulbrightGermany, @AATGHQ, @WunderbarTogether, and on Twitter @fulbright_de, @AATGOnline, @Wunderbar2gethr.
To celebrate the third round of Meet-a-German, we selected a winner (via lottery) from the #MeetAGerman pictures, who received a surprise!