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German Mini-Immersion Program Held

 Day Hiking with the German Section at Nose Hill Park

I attended the “mini immersion” day-hike held at Nose Hill Park on Nov 5. It was great to get to know some of my student peers as well as the professors in the German section. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I could speak in German. The students' language skills ranged from beginner to more advanced, which was good, since I was not the only beginner in attendance. I feel more motivated and less intimidated to attend more immersion events, because I believe it will build my confidence, so I can speak German in a more conversational manner. Also, my concerns with making mistakes while speaking in German faded immediately upon my arrival to Nose Hill Park. All of the professors were really patient, very down-to-earth, and did not appear to care if I took a little more time to formulate my sentences in German. I asked questions about culture, history, vocabulary, etiquette, and grammar, etc. Moreover, I liked the feeling that there is a community of people that I can speak with to help improve my German skills and possibly make some new friends along the way.

Written by Tamara C Schaad, Major in German studies