*CFP: Storytelling as Outreach: Approaches to Teaching German Fairy Tales
(Sep 30 2018; March 21-24 2019)*

*50th Anniversary Convention: Northeastern Modern Language Association

*March 21-24, 2019*

*Washington, DC *

*Host Institution: Georgetown University*

From the Grimms to the present, German *Märchen* have represented a
significant cultural development and a body of text that is particularly
accessible for language learners. Because of this, most German language
programs include fairy tales as a part of curriculum at multiple levels.
Many programs use fairy tales as the starting point for project-based
learning units in beginning language classes, for stand-alone courses
taught in German, and for outreach courses taught in English or in a mix of
English and German. Indeed, program-building discussions often recommend
the development of a dedicated “fairy tales course” as a way of increasing
German programs’ presence on college campuses.

            Still, many questions remain as to how best to teach these
rich, diverse, and inviting texts. To what extent can or should theoretical
approaches to literature and cultural studies be taught through fairy
tales? How can new theoretical approaches to fairy tales and new
multi-media materials enrich fairy tale curriculum? How can one best use
fairy tales to encourage long-term deep learning? To what extent is it
productive to include non-German texts in fairy tale teaching curriculum?
What are the greatest challenges in teaching German fairy tales and how can
these be overcome?

This panel invites contributions to the ongoing discussion of how best to
teach fairy tales in various German classroom settings.

Of particular interest are presentations addressing innovative teaching and
outreach aspects of teaching fairy tales, including :

-       Project-based learning

-       Interdisciplinary collaborations

-       Multi-media projects

-       German fairy tale courses as general education courses

-       Theatrical and/or performative pedagogy

-       Creative approaches to teaching fairy tales

-       Using fairy tales to teach about political and social issues

-       Use of open-source teaching materials

-       Presentations that share practical tips and/or materials

Please submit abstracts of approximately 250 words, including the
submitter’s biographical information, through the NeMLA website:

Submission deadline: September 30, 2018

For inquiries about the panel, contact:

Pascale LaFountain, Assistant Professor of German and French, Montclair
State University ([log in to unmask])

Pascale LaFountain
Assistant Professor of German and French
Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
222 Schmitt Hall
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

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