Berlin Week

OVERVIEW

Our proposed trip to Berlin is designed to dovetail with INTD300, “Berlin: From Imperial Capital to Weltstadt.” The trip has two compelling objectives: to offer PA students the opportunity to engage with native speakers of German to improve their language skills, while connecting what they have learned about German history to the richness of present day Berlin. This is experiential learning at its best.

By exploring the rich layers of Germany’s past that are represented in Berlin’s art, architecture, and design we will connect the language to the many histories of the city. Students will develop skills in cultural awareness and communication as they get to know Berlin. Off campus learning promotes intercultural inquiry, along with reflection on one’s own culture–all valuable processes that will benefit students and the PA community as a whole. By exploring the city of Berlin we can open students’ eyes to the ways in which language and history inform each other, and vice versa.

Travelling to Berlin takes language learning and history learning out of the classroom and into the world outside Andover. By making the city on the Spree our classroom we challenge students to engage culturally, linguistically, and historically with all that the city has to offer. We aim to foster confidence in language skills, critical thinking, and maturity. By showing them what can be experienced when one knows a foreign language and the history of where it is spoken, we hope to demonstrate the value of language study in an historical context.

Snapshot

An eight-day immersion opportunity for students to improve their language skills, while connecting what they have learned about German history to the richness of present-day Berlin.

Dates: June 2020, eight days

Program Director: Lisa Svec

Program Teacher: Mary Mulligan

Themes: Language, Culture, History

Program price: $2,925 (12 students) - $3,800 (6 students)

Financial Aid: We are committed to offering need-based financial aid for any Andover student who is selected.