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Our department specializes in the study of language, applied linguistics, literature, and film and visual culture.  We have active graduate and undergraduate programs in German, and we also offer courses in Croatian, Dutch, and Russian.

  1. Apr. 12, 2018CFI award for a "Social Interaction, Language and Culture Laboratory (SILC Lab)"Emma Betz, Grit Liebscher and Adrienne Lo standing in a classroom

    Grit Liebscher and Emma Betz (both Germanic & Slavic) and Adrienne Lo (Anthropology) received a CFI award for a “Social Interaction, Language and Culture Laboratory (SILC Lab)”. Congratulations to all three!

  2. Jan. 29, 2018Waterloo's German Language Summer School is back for 2018!

    July 23, 2018, to August 28, 2018, in Bamberg/Germany 

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  3. Nov. 27, 2017Do you need a Winter 2018 course?

    Here are some great offers...

    GER 200 - Transcultural Studies taught by Prof. Ann Marie Rasmussen in English language (10:00-11:20 T Th in ML 117)

    GER 262 / REES 262 / ENGL 220B - Languages and Society II taught by Prof. Emma Betz in English language (10:30-11:20 MWF in ML 117)

    GER 363 / FINE 363 - German Filmmakers in Hollywood taught by Prof. James Skidmore in English language (6:30-8:20 T in ECH 1220 and 2:30-4:20 Th in ML 354)

    GER 212 - Integrative Language Seminar II taught by Prof. Michael Boehringer (11:30-12:50 MW in ML 109)

    GER 303 online - Interactive German Language & Culture taught by Prof. Grit Liebscher (online course)

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  1. Apr. 4, 2018Golden Boar Awards Winter 2018Presentation slide for Golden Boar Awards

    One thing is for certain: The probably most glamorous night of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies took place on April 4th and was one for the books – the Golden Boar Awards.

  2. Apr. 4, 2018Cracking the code of cyberbullyingWoman leaning on table and talking

    Laptops, cell-phones, and even watches. Nowadays just about anything can keep you connected to some form of social media. Unfortunately, along with the rise in online connectivity, the prevalence of cyberbullying has grown to become a reality for many youths across the globe. Dr. Konstanze Marx is a researcher at the Institute for German Language and the University of Mannheim who specializes in online communication. On Wednesday April 4th, 2018 she presented on her research in the area of cyberbullying to an audience of about 35 students and faculty members from a variety of departments at the University of Waterloo. Her presentation titled “Cyberbullying – A linguistic perspective”, hosted by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, explored both the form and function of this online aggression.

  3. Mar. 15, 2018Exorcising the ghost of monolingualism: an evening with Dr. Piccardo

    The recently released Companion Volume to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR) was the focus of a fascinating presentation by Dr. Enrica Piccardo on March 15, 2018.

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