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Wie waren Ihre Ferien? Tell us about your summer!

Greetings! Summer is not quite over yet, but we are in the midst of our preparations for the fall semester. We know that many of you have embarked on adventurous trips and/or found interesting summer work. Some of you have even decided to continue learning German over the summer, so I’ve heard. Whatever it was that you’ve been doing, feel free to share it here and on our Facebook page. Just hit the comment link below and start writing–German and English, does not matter–and post your photos on Facebook.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will also post information on this blog about courses and study-abroad opportunities in German, so be sure to check back!

Bilinguals are Smarter

If you ever needed more evidence that learning a second language is important, here it is: Speaking another language makes you smarter and protects you against dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Here’s more:

The collective evidence from a number of such studies suggests that the bilingual experience improves the brain’s so-called executive function — a command system that directs the attention processes that we use for planning, solving problems and performing various other mentally demanding tasks. These processes include ignoring distractions to stay focused, switching attention willfully from one thing to another and holding information in mind — like remembering a sequence of directions while driving.

To learn more, read the entire NYT article.

French-German Open House

Vielen Dank an alle, die zum Französisch-Deutschen Empfang gekommen sind! Merci beaucoup!

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Deutsch-Französische Freundschaft

On the occasion of today’s French-German Open House at Agnes Scott, a short video about the history of the French-German relationship (on the international not the departmental level):

Have you ever thought about Fulbright?

This week I will start working on Fulbright applications with two highly qualified candidates.

For those of you who could imagine a Fulbright application in the next couple of semesters, start thinking about the process early. And don’t forget that ASC has an amazing connection to the Fulbright office in Austria, our “woman in Vienna,” Molly Roza.

Molly was filmed for the documentary “Fulbright at Sixty”, the interview with her starts at about 9:20min into the clip:

A while ago I already linked a video of Molly in Vienna, talking about her time at Agnes Scott; here it is again:

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