German Resources

German in Review 4th Edition
Sparks, Vail
GM 1.034

Handbuch zur Deutschen Grammatik: Wiederholen und Anwenden 5th Edition
Instructor’s Edition
Arbeitsheft (Student Activities Manual)
Jamie Rankin and Larry D. Wells
Boston, MA: Heinle Cengage Learning © 2011
GM 1.029

Pimsleur: Conversational German
Lessons 1–16
GM 1.033

Treffpunkt Deutsch 6th Edition
Widmaier, Gonglewski, Moser, Partsch
GM 1.032

*Also available are textbooks and audio programs used in past Boston College language courses.

Business Situations: German

GM 1.010
Two cassettes; text available
2 hours 30 minutes

Ein frischer Obstsalat
GM 1.026
Recording of 12 children’s songs performed by German clown “Alexander” Paul Langel; good for learning of basic German vocabulary; lyrics available.
34 minutes

Gefährliche Wege
GM 1.021
Suspense thriller about art thieves traveling from Hamburg to the Yucatán in search of pre-Columbian artifacts; for the beginning-intermediate student; twenty short episodes followed by recorded listening comprehension exercises; book contains the recorded text, review questions, and vocabulary; teacher’s guide contains the texts of the listening comprehension tests, answer keys, and crossword puzzles.
Average episode: 15–19 minutes
Total time: 6 hours 12 minutes

Geheime Mission
GM 1.005
Suspense thriller involving industrial espionage; for the beginning-intermediate student; twenty-five episodes followed by recorded listening comprehension exercises; book contains the recorded text, review questions, and vocabulary; teacher’s guide contains the texts of the listening comprehension tests, answer keys, crossword puzzles.
Average episode: 10–15 minutes
Total time: 6 hours 17 minutes

Geschäftsdeutsch, 2nd edition: An Introduction to Business German
GM 1.024
Gudrun Clay ©1990, 1995 McGraw-Hill, Inc.
listening comprehension exercises to accompany each of this text’s 12 chapters; 2 copies of text available.
Total time: 56 minutes

Hörverständnisübungen für Fortegeschrittene
GM 1.011
Twenty short passages recorded at normal speed in interview and conversational formats; for intermediate-advanced students.
Average passage: 5 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 23 minutes


Ein Telefongespräch
Ein netter Verkäufer
Der kaputte Staubsauger
Der Autostop nach Paris
Ein Autounfall
Beim Arzt
Der Autokauf
Die Bewerbung
Der Urlaub wird geplant
Was für ein Mensch ist Karl
Ein Vertreter kommt
Der Parksünder
Das Auto und die Bürokratie
Interview mit einem Bürgermeister
Interview mit einem jungen Künstier
Ein zu enges Sommekleid
Der Herr Vorsitzende hat das Wort
Mein Mann kommt immer so spät nach Hause
Die Stadt Köln — gestern und heute.
Eine Vorlesung

Eine kleine Deutschmusik
GM 1.015
The Singlingual Method for learning German through familiar tunes; uses universally known tunes with new lyrics to teach beginning students the most important German language functions, idiomatic expressions and grammar; twenty-four songs with explanations and one review chapter; each unit teaches a specific communicative skill (e.g. “Kommen Sie aus Tokio?” — “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” — introducing yourself); musical score with guitar chords included in accompanying book.
Total time: approx. 35 minutes

GM 1.014
For beginning students; based on conversations and interviews with Germans recorded in Germany, this program is designed to teach the language of daily life and direct personal relations; stresses the language of ordinary people doing everyday things, going to meetings, shopping, travelling and working; includes three paperback texts and teacher’s guide.
Average unit: 7 minutes
Total time: approx. 3 hours

Testing and Teaching for Oral Proficiency
MISC 1.004.005/.006
Kit designed for the teacher of English as a second language, French, German or Spanish who is interested in oral proficiency testing and in some of the ways the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines can be applied to the teaching of oral skills (one kit/language); components of each kit include: a book and set of two audiocassettes; each tape set contains four recorded actual interviews representing the four levels of the rating scale — novice, intermediate, advanced, and superior; book includes: overview of interviews, description of rating scale, explanation of how interviews are conducted and the types of questions commonly used at each level, an application section with simple oral activities and guidelines for writing role plays at each level, commentaries for the interviews with detailed analysis of the students’ speech samples, and the interviewers’ techniques.

Unternehmen Deutsch Aufbaukurs B1 + B2
GM 1.035
Jörg Braunert and Wolfram Schlenker
© Ernst Klett Sprachen, GmbH, Stuttgart, 2005
One textbook: Lehrbuch
One teacher’s manual: Lehrerhandbuch
One vocabulary book: Wörterheft
2 Audio CDs to accompany the textbook

20 Best-Loved German Folk Songs
GM 3.006

Brandenburg Concertos
GM 3.050

Famous Choruses (Leonhardt, Harnoncourt)
GM-CD 3.007

A J.S. Bach Festival: 23 Favorites for Orchestra
GM 3.049

Orchestral Suites #2 and #3
GM 3.051

Egmont Overture in F minor, op. 84
GM-CD 3.013

The Five Piano Concertos — Cassette #1 (Ashkenazy)
GM 3.048

The Five Piano Concertos — Cassette #3 (Ashkenazy)
GM 3.045

Klaviersonaten opp. 27/142 – 31/2 – 53 (Pollini)
GM 3.019

The Nine Symphonies: #1 and #2 (Solti)
GM 3.047

The Nine Symphonies: #9 and #3 (Solti)
GM 3.046

Ode to Freedom — Bernstein in Berlin: Symphony No. 9
GM-CD 3.018

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 36
GM-CD 3.013

Symphony No. 6 & No. 8 – Ouvertüre zu König Stephan (Bernstein)
GM-CD 3.020

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 (Solti)
GM-CD 3.001

Hildegard von Bingen
Canticles of Ecstasy
GM-CD 3.012

Harrison Birtwistle
Pulse Shadows
GM-CD 3.022

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, op. 98
GM-CD 3.014

Waltzes, op.39
GM-CD 3.014

Christmas Around the World
MISC-CD 3.006

Christmas in Europe
MISC-CD 3.005

Harmoniemesse in B-flat Major (Bernstein)
GM-CD 3.002

Die Schöpfung (Bernstein)
GM-CD 3.002

Symphonien Nr. 26, 22 und 53
GM-CD 3.015

16 Lieder (Shirai and Höll)
GM-CD 3.005

Symphony No. 5 in C minor
GM-CD 3.016

Heinrich Schlusnus
Rhein-, Wein-, und Heimatlieder
GM-CD 3.021

Franz Schubert
An Die Musik: Famous Schubert Songs
GM-CD 3.011

Lieder (Fassbaender)
GM-CD 3.004

Die schöne Müllerin (Fischer-Dieskau)
GM-CD 3.003

Silent Night — Famous German Carols
GM-CD 3.009

Johann Strauss
Unvergessene Melodien, vol. I
GM-CD 3.017

Tenors in the Grand Tradition
MISC-CD 3.003

Kurt Weill/Bertold Brecht
Die Dreigroshenoper (The Three Penny Opera)
GM-CD 3.008

*Please see Literature Catalog in the Language Laboratory, Lyons 313.

Max und Moritz
Two filmstrips, cassette, German text.
47:57 minutes

501 German Verbs 2nd Edition
Henry Strutz
Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Services, Inc. © 1990

1000 Jahre deutsche Literatur: Von den Anfängen bis zur Aufklärung 2nd Edition
Gudrun Clay
Newburyport, MA: Focus Publishing © 2008

Arbeitsbuch zu German Culture Through Film: An Introduction to German Cinema
Newburyport, MA: Focus Publishing © 2006

Cassell’s German Dictionary: German–English/English–German
New York: Cassell and Co. Ltd. © 1971

Cuthbertson’s Verb Wheel
Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath © 1933
Gives conjugations of irregular verbs

Deutsche Literatur im Kontext 1750–2000
Waltraud Maierhofer & Astrid Klocke
Newburyport, MA: Focus Publishing © 2009

English Grammar for Students of German 5th Edition
Ann Arbor, MI: The Olivia and Hill Press © 1994
“Study guide for those learning German” by Cecile Zorach and Charlotte Melin; designed to be an accompaniment to any textbook, this guide offers simple explanations of English grammar structures (i.e., parts of speech, word functions, grammatical concepts) by answering basic questions (e.g. What is gender? What are relative pronouns? etc.); uses examples, charts, step-by-step instruction,s and short practice exercises (with answer key) to identify similarities and differences between English and German; 176 pages.

German Culture Through Film: An Introduction to German Cinema
Robert Reimer and Reinhard Zachau
Newburyport, MA: Focus Publishing © 2005
GM 1.030

German Culture Through Film: An Introduction to German Cinema – Arbeitsbuch
Robert Reimer and Reinhard Zachau
Newburyport, MA: Focus Publishing © 2006
GM 1.030

German Phrasebook & Dictionary
Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd. © 2012
ISBN: 978-1-74220-810-7

German Through Film
Adriana Borra and Ruth Mader-Koltay
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press © 2007
GM 1.031

Der Gimmick Gesprochenes Deutsch
Adrienne Penner
New York: W.W. Norton Co., Inc. © 1977
A text for vocabulary building designed to help the student “learn the language as it is actually spoken;” includes idiomatic and colloquial/slang expressions.

A Practical Guide to the Teaching Of German
Wilga Rivers, Kathleen Mitchell Dell’Orto, & Vincent Dell’Orto
New York: Oxford University Press © 1975
One in a series of practical guides for teaching foreign languages in high school or at the undergraduate level; includes theoretical discussions of and practical applications for oral communication, pronunciation, grammar instruction, listening and reading comprehension, and writing; 346 pages.

A Practical Review of German Grammar 3rd Edition
Gerda Dippmann & Johnanna Watzinger-Tharp
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc. © 2000
Focuses on enhancing reading comprehension in an empirical style. Features exercises that are in natural, conversational German. For anyone who wishes to study German language; 397 pages.

Oxford-Duden German Dictionary German–English/English–German
W. Scholze-Strubenrecht & J.B. Sykes
New York: Oxford University Press © 2005
1800 pages

Vier Novellen von Michael Kreuzenau
Michael Kreuzenau
Ginn and Company © 1963

  1. Fremde in Dinkelburg
  2. Der kleine Bürgermeister stirbt
  3. Die jungen Landstreicher
  4. Der Millionär

Sheets containing a grid of randomized numbers are distributed among the contestants. The leader turns a caged sphere of numbered balls which spill out in succession, and correspond to the numbers on the contestants’ sheets. The winner is the first contestant to achieve a straight line of chosen numbers on their sheet and to call out “Bingo!” simultaneously.

“The game of international languages” for 2–6 players, ages 8+; contents: one game board, one die, 303 word cards, 48 phrase cards, six pawns; objective: to be the first to reach the top of the tower (imprinted on the game board) and become the “polyglot” of the group; there are three paths to the top: beginner, intermediate, and advanced; playing cards: “word cards,” on one side, contain six words in English; the corresponding translations which include phonetic pronunciations are provided on the reverse side of the card in the following languages: Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Yiddish; “phrase cards,” on one side, contain three phrases in English; the corresponding translations and phonetic pronunciations, in the languages mentioned above, are on the reverse side of the card; activities involved in playing this game include: spelling a word, translating a phrase, translating a phrase in two languages; game instructions provided in English and German.

Emotions Flash Cards 
Set of 15 black and white photographs (7" × 7") of an actor (a.k.a. “Ernest” in such films as Ernest goes to camp, Ernest celebrates Christmas, etc. [note: film titles = approximate!]) illustrating 15 basic emotions; identification of emotion printed on reverse of each card in English, French, German, and Spanish.

Heath Situation Cards Level One: French, German, Spanish
120 situation cards, each of which focuses on a realistic communicative task; designed to function as a supplement to any first-year French, German, or Spanish program; cards sequenced in order of increasing difficulty and complexity of assigned tasks; most cards considered to be at the “novice” to “low-intermediate” levels of the ACTFL Proficiency Scale; instructor’s guide contains indexes of cards arranged by (1) themes and related vocabulary, (2) linguistic functions, (3) grammar structures.

Map of Germany
53" × 38" laminated two-sided map in full color. One side displays “political” details; the other side displays “physical” details.

Magnetic Poetry Kit: German / Deutsch
“Over 550 Magnetized Words and Word Fragments”

Neue Horizonte, 3rd edition Transparencies
22 transparencies designed to correlate with the first-year text Neue Horizonte, 3rd edition; four of the transparencies are maps of Germany and the German-speaking countries; the other black and white transparencies may be used to illustrate specific grammar items and/or vocabulary.

Neue Horizonte, 4th edition Transparencies
28 transparencies designed to correlate with the first-year text Neue Horizonte, 4th edition; ten of the transparencies are maps of Germany and the German-speaking countries; the other black and white transparencies may be used to illustrate specific grammar items and/or vocabulary.

Photo Verb Flash Cards
Set of 40 color photographs (7" × 7") that illustrate 40 of the most common action verbs usually studied in first-year language courses; infinitive of each verb printed on reverse of each card in English, French, German and Spanish.

Situation Cards For Oral Evaluation: First-Year French, German, Spanish
144 situation cards, each of which tests discrete items related to vocabulary, grammatical structures, and/or linguistic functions; designed to function as a supplement to first-year French, German or Spanish programs and as achievement tests, not proficiency tests; most of the cards are considered to be at the “novice” or “intermediate” levels on the ACTFL Proficiency Scale; cards are indexed by (1) vocabulary topics, (2) linguistic functions, (3) grammar forms and structure; reference guide available.

Situation Cards For Oral Evaluation: Intermediate French, German, Spanish
99 situation cards each of which tests discrete items related to vocabulary, grammatical structures, and/or linguistic functions; designed to be used independently with a variety of textbooks as achievement tests, not proficiency tests; most of the cards are considered to be at the “intermediate” to “advanced” levels on the ACTFL Proficiency Scale; cards are indexed by: (1) vocabulary topics, (2) linguistic functions, (3) grammar forms and structures; reference guide available; Note: Cards are written in English.

Teaching Project: Germany
Timeline USA materials produced in 1995 illustrating the developments in history that have led to today’s unified Germany; materials include: (1) chronology of 300 years of German–American relations, (2) two transparencies: German Parliamentary System, American Presidential System, (3) magazine: Germany 1945/1990/1995 (4 copies), (4) classroom strategies folder; prepared for US high school students of social studies.

Treffpunkt Deutsch, 3rd edition Transparencies 
50 transparencies of maps, illustrations, realia and photographs found in the textbook Treffpunkt Deutsch Grundstufe, 3rd edition © 1999 Prentice-Hall.

Treffpunkt Deutsch, 4th edition Transparencies
43 transparenices of maps and illustrations found in the textbook Treffpunkt Deutsch, 4th Edition © 2003 Pearson Education, Inc.

Treffpunkt Deutsch, 5th edition Transparencies
62 transparenices of maps and illustrations found in the textbook Treffpunkt Deutsch, 5th Edition © 2008 Pearson Education, Inc.

World Map
Rand McNally Cosmopolitan Series 49½" × 32½" laminated map of the world. 2 copies available.

Almanya: Willkommen in Deutschland
All Regions Blu-ray
Yasemin Samdereli (2011)
In German or Turkish with German or Turkish subtitles
1 hour 41 minutes

Ausländer raus (Foreigners out!)


Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt (Berlin, Symphony of a Great City)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Walter Ruttmann (1927)
Documentary about a single day in the life of the city of Weimar Berlin; black & white photographic images with musical score composed by Timothy Brock; no dialogue; DVD also includes Ruttmann’s 1922 short (10-minute) film Opus 1
1 hour 12 minuteshahah

Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel)
Region 1 (NTSC — black & white) two-DVD set
Josef von Sternberg (1930)
Based on Heinrich Mann’s novel Professor Unrath and starring Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings; story of the gradual degradation of strait-laced Professor Immanuel Rath (Jannings) as he investigates firsthand the source of his pupils’ fascination with the Blue Angel nightclub’s songstress Lola-Lola (Dietrich) pictured on postcards; sultry performance by Dietrich who in this role pushed the limits of on-screen sexuality; special features of this set include: (1) two versions of film — one DVD of film in German (with option of English subtitles), one in English, (2) audio commentary in the German version, (3) Marlene Dietrich’s Blue Angel screen test, (4) footage of Dietrich interview and concert, (5) photo gallery, filmmaker/cast bios, production history.
German version: 1 hour 46 minutes
English version: 1 hour 34 minutes

Das Boot — The Director’s Cut
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Wolfgang Petersen (1981)
World War II drama that examines the world of a German U-boat crew engaged in the “Battle of the Atlantic” in 1942; Director’s Cut version includes over 1 hour of additional footage, stereo soundtrack, Director’s commentary, “The Making of/Behind the Scenes” featurettte.
Option of German, English, or Spanish audio track, with optional English, Spanish, or French subtitles
3 hours 29 minutes

Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Heinrich Breloer (2008)
Film based on the novel Die Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann about the rise and decline of the Buddenbrook family of northern Germany. While running his family’s wholesale wheat and grain firm Johann Buddenbrook (Armin Mueller-Stahl) also tries to raise his three children — Antonie (Jessica Schwartz), Christina (August Diehl), and Thomas (Mark Waschke) — by accepting only the best of society’s offerings for his children and raising them to be worthy of the Buddenbrook name. Throughout the course of their lives, until they are left with nothing, the children experience heartbreak, disappointments, and sacrifice to please their father and to honor the family name.
In German with optional German subtitles for the hearing impaired
2 hours 25 minutes

Das Cabinett des Doktor Caligari (The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Robert Weine (1920)
Silent black & white film, German intertitles with optional English subtitles
1 hour 17 minutes

Europa, Europa (Hitlerjunge Salomon)

Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Agnieszka Holland (1990)
War drama based on a true story of a Jewish boy (Salomon Perel) who poses as an Aryan German in an attempt to survive World War II; Marco Hofschneider as Salomon, Julie Delpy as Leni.
Option of German/Russian and French audio tracks, optional English, French or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 54 minutes

2 Region 1 (NTSC) DVDs
F.W. Murnau (1926)
F.W. Murnau’s Faust, adapted from the German folk legend and Goethe’s epic of the same name, chronicles the tale of Faust, an alchemist who finds himself in despair when a plague strikes his town. The devil Mephisto makes a deal with an angel: if Mephisto can turn Faust away from God, then the Earth will belong to him. Finding himself unable to do anything to save his people from the plague, Faust summons Mephisto to grant him the power to heal those afflicted. Faust makes a pact with Mephisto, signing away his soul to help those afflicted by the plague, only to regret his decision once the people shun him for what he has done. In Faust’s now even greater despair, Mephisto offers Faust the chance to escape from his town and be young again. Faust happily agrees and is taken away by Mephisto to live a new life. Faust comes to realize, however, that his life of youthful pleasures is unfulfilling, and only brings suffering and pain to those he cares about.
Silent film in black & white; German text “intertitles” with optional English subtitles throughout.
DVD #1 = Restored Film (1 hour 46 mins.) & documentary on the making of the film entitled The Language of Shadows: “Faust” (53 minutes)
DVD #2 = Previous U.S. release version of film (1 hour 56 mins) 

Die Fetten Jahre Sind Vorbei (The Edukators) 
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Hans Weingarten (2004)
This film shows three young activists who attempt to open the eyes of the world in a different way. They break into the homes of rich people and rearrange the furniture while leaving a message, “Your days of plenty are numbered.” In this way they seek to create awareness of the injustices perpetuated by a capitalist economy. In one of their attempts, the owner, a big-shot businessman, catches them and they are forced to take him captive. The situation challenges them to question their motives and whether they really have a cause. It is a story of the revolutionary inside each of us, and the attempt to keep ideals alive.
In German with English subtitles
2 hours 10 minutes

Gegen die Wand (Head-On)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Fatih Akin (2004)
Romantic drama about two young Turkish-Germans whose life circumstances bring them together into a marriage of convenience.
In German and Turkish with English subtitles
1 hour 58 minutes

Goodbye, Lenin!
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Wolfgang Becker (2003)
Comedic drama that takes place in the East Germany of 1989, where a young man is arrested for his protests against the regime. His mother consequently suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma. Upon her awakening months later, the son must devise ways to prevent his mother from learning that the GDR no longer exists; stars Daniel Brühl and Katrin Saß.
In German with optional English subtitles
2 hours 1 minute

Götz von Berlichingen mit der eisernen Hand (Goetz of Berlichingen of the Iron Hand)
Region 0 (PAL) DVD
Wolfgang Liebeneiner (1979)
Goethe’s 1773 historical drama is brought to the screen in this 1979 adaptation. Based on the personal account of adventurer-poet Götz von Berlichingen (c. 1480–1562), Goethe’s story is liberal with historical facts. He paints Götz as a radical individualist who pushes back against a pretentious high society, until he ultimately succumbs to the domineering ideals of order and justice, and he tragically surrenders.
In German, no subtitles
1 hour 43 minutess

The Harmonists
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Joseph Vilsmaier (1997)
Biographical drama that tells the story of the “Comedian Harmonists,” a German male sextet (five vocalists and pianist) who became an overnight success in prewar Germany, but who were subsequently banned by the Nazis because three of the five were Jewish.
In German with English subtitles
1 hour 55 minutes

Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Wim Wenders (1987)
Romantic fantasy about Damiel, a lonely angel who, after centuries of giving help and comfort to mortals, meets a beautiful and troubled circus performer. Damiel begins to experience a strong desire to become human and thereby visible to this newfound love, all the while struggling with the thought of consequently losing his angel status forever; stars Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois, and Peter Falk.
In German/English with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles
2 hours 8 minutes

Keiner liebt mich 
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Doris Dörrie (1994)
In German, no subtitles
1 hour 40 minutes

Kriegerin (Combat Girls)

Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)

Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
2006 Oscar-winning (Best Foreign Film) directed by Florian Heckel von Donnersmarck. The movie narrates the suspenseful spying operation led by Stasi agent Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe) of a famous DDR author and playwright George Dreyman (Sebastian Koch) and his actress girlfriend, Christina-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck). The eerie concept of “Big Brother” comes to life in this movie as these artists are monitored with remarkable precision, day and night, to acquire incriminating evidence. However, as Wiesler becomes a third party in the lives of George and Christina-Maria, he learns to live and love through their passion for each other, their art, and their country; special features include deleted scenes, an interview and commentary with the director, and the making of the movie.
In German with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles
2 hours 18 minutes

Die Legende von Paul und Paula (The Legend of Paul and Paula)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Heiner Carow (1973)
Made in East Germany under the DDR, this quirky love story stirred some controversy with its plot of a single mother, Paula (Angelica Domröse), falling in love with a married workingman, Paul (Winfried Glatzeder). Through hardships and tragedies, the lovers learn to break all barriers and find happiness. This movie also gives a glimpse of East German life as it touches upon the crucial subjects of class, social, and gender distinctions. Special features include scene selection, director’s biography, photo gallery, and introduction to the film.
In German with English subtitles
1 hour 46 minutes

Lola rennt (Run, Lola, Run)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Tom Tykwer (1998)
Starring Franka Potente and Moritz Bleibtreu. With edgy cinematography and a pulsating soundtrack, this fast-paced thriller tells the story of Lola (Potente) and Manni (Bleibtreu), her boyfriend, who has just lost the huge sum of money he owes his mobster boss. Manni and Lola must race against the clock to replace the money within 20 minutes in order to save their lives; also available in VHS video with English subtitles.
In German with the option of German subtitles
1 hour 21 minutes

M / M-Ein Stadt sucht einen Mörder/Mörder unter uns
Region 1 (NTSC) 2-DVD set
Fritz Lang (1931)
A Criterion Collection re-release digitally restored with state of the art cinematographic improvements and various photographic, audio and video supplements. In this psychological thriller, when children in a city in Germany begin to be murdered, the whole city falls under a blanket of fear and panic. As the police and detectives have no clue to help them in their search for the child killer “Kinder Mörder” (played by Peter Lorre), they impose nightly raids and random arrests for all citizens, especially the thugs and local criminals. With a reduction in the local crime rate and the child killer nowhere to be found, the local thug chiefs form an alliance to successfully catch the killer and put a stop to the random raids. Complications arise during the trial/sentencing phase of the thugs’ treatment of the killer and lead to the killer’s being handed over to the police; black & white.
In German with optional English subtitles
1 hour 50 minutes


Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
István Szabó (1981)
The drama is based on the novel Mephisto by Klaus Mann. A Faustian story of a man who sells his soul to the devil, it is a psychological portrait of a German stage actor, Hendrik Höfgen (Klaus Brandauer), and his rise to great fame and popularity during the Nazis’ rise to power. Oscar winner for best foreign film (1982).
In German with optional English subtitles
2 hours 24 minutes

Moderato cantabile (Seven Days...Seven Nights)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Peter Brook (1960)
In German or French with optional German or English subtitles
1 hour 30 minutes

Die Mörder sind unter uns (The Murderers are Among Us)

Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Wolfgang Staudte (1946)
A war drama starring Hildegard Knef and Ernst Wilhelm Borchert. Story of a relationship that develops between a World War II concentration camp survivor and a former German army surgeon whom she finds living in her Berlin apartment; black & white.
In German with optional English subtitles
1 hour 21 minutes

Die Nibelungen: Part I: Siegfried; Part II: Kriemhild’s Revenge
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Fritz Lang (1924)
This classic epic German film is one of the earliest German movies ever made. Part I:Siegfried begins with Siegfried (Paul Richter) making a journey to see King Ute, a journey in which he fights and defeats a monster, making him invincible and granting him incredible strength. He proceeds with his journey and asks the king for his sister Kriemhild’s (Margaret Schön) hand. The king makes a deal with Siegfried, whereby if Siegfried helps the king win the heart of Brunhild (Hanna Ralph), queen for another land, then he will be able to make Kriemhild his wife. To win Brunhild, King Ute, with the help of Siegfried, has to beat Brunhild in various physical tasks. Brunhild is defeated and becomes King Ute’s wife. Unhappy with her marriage and jealous of Siegfried and Kriemhild’s marriage, Brunhild convinces King Ute to betray his friend and brother-in-law and kill Siegfried. When Siegfried dies, Kriemhild vows revenge. Part II: Kriemhild’s Revenge — Kreimhild remarries King Gunther, who allows her to avenge her first husband’s death and that of her child, who was also killed as a result of jealousy. Special features include scene selection, footage of Fritz Lang on set, photo gallery, original 1924 score by the Munich Orchestra, production and design sketches, and comparison of the dragon-slaying scene with The Thief of Baghdad (1924).
Black & white silent movie with some English subtitles
Part I Siegfried: 2 hours 23 minutes
Part II Kremhild’s Revenge: 2 hours 28 minutes

Nirgendwo in Afrika (Nowhere in Africa)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Caroline Link (2002)
This “Best Foreign Language Film,” Academy Award-winning film tells the true story of a Jewish attorney, Walter Redlich, who flees Nazi Germany in 1938 with his family to build a new life as a rancher in Kenya. Jettel, his high society wife, has difficulties adapting to her new living situation, while Regina, their daughter, befriends their cook Ouwor and soon becomes more Kenyan than German. As the war progresses, increased stress is put upon Walter and his fragile relationship with his wife, and at war’s end Walter and his family must decide where there true home lies. Special features include Making-Of Featurette and cast interviews.
In German with optional English subtitles
2 hours 22 minutes

Olympia: The Complete Original Version (The Leni Riefenstahl Archival Collection)
Two Region 1 (NTSC) DVDs 
Leni Riefenstahl (1938)
Black & white; In German or English with optional English subtitles
DVD #1: Festival of the Nations = 1 hour 55 minutes
DVD #2: Festival of Beauty = 1 hour 29 minutes


Die Räuber (The Robbers)
Region 0 (PAL) DVD
Nicolas Stemann (2009)
This Thalia Theater Hamburg production is a modern adaptation of Friedrich Schiller’s drama. Karl and Franz Moor are brothers. Beset by jealousy, Franz hates his older brother Karl, their father’s favorite. Though Franz appears callous at first, driven only by envy of his older brother’s inheritance, the complex personalities of both brothers take shape as the plot unfolds, continually invoking the fundamental question “Who am I?”
In German, no subtitles
2 hours 12 minutes + 10 minutes of extras

Das schreckliche Mädchen (The Nasty Girl)
Region 0 (PAL) DVD
Michael Verhoeven (1990)
Based on the true story of Anna Rosmus, this film documents the life of Sonja Rosenberger, author and researcher from the small (fictional) Bavarian town of Pfilzing. As a teenager, she won first prize in an essay competition, prompting her to pursue further research for another topic: her town during the Third Reich. Though she embarked with the intention of showcasing the town’s commendable political and clerical resistance to the Nazi regime, her research began to prove quite the opposite. As she accumulated more incriminating evidence, Sonja faced a most troubling dilemma: either cease her pursuit of the truth, or risk her own safety and the safety of her family.
In German with on-screen English subtitles
Approx. 90 minutes

Region 2 (PAL) 3-DVD set
Ernst Merischka (1955)
This classic German film and one of the best Bavarian films is the story of a beautiful and energetic girl, Elisabeth — also known as Sissi (Romy Schneider) — and her life journey from being Princess Elisabeth of Bavaria to Kaiserin Elisabeth. This trilogy based on the beloved real-life Austrian princess Sissi depicts all aspects of her life, from her unending love for her husband, Kaiser Franz Joseph (Karlheinz Böhm), to the political affairs she dominated with her charm, as well as her never-ending struggles with her mother-in-law, Archduchess Sophie (Vilma Degischer). Special features include (all three DVDs) scene selection, theatrical trailer, photo gallery, and actor biographies.
In German with German subtitles
DVD 1: 1 hour 42 minutes
DVD 2: 1 hour 47 minutes
DVD 3: 1 hour 49 minutes

Sophie Scholl: Die Letzen Tage (Sophie Scholl: The Final Days)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Marc Rothemund (2005)
A tragic historical account of one of the leading members of the White Rose, a student-led anti-Nazi resistance group in the 1940s. Chronicling Sophie Scholl’s (Julia Jentsch) last six days when she was imprisoned for conspiring against the Nazi regime, the film recounts her heroic act of protesting her arrest, imprisonment, trial, and death in Munich 1943. Special features include movie trailer, the making of the movie, deleted scenes, historical interviews relating to the White Rose, and archival trial footage. Academy Award Nominee for best foreign language film.
In German with English subtitles
1 hour 57 minutes

Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Fred Haines (1976)
Based on the novel by Herman Hesse; plot: Harry Haller (Max von Sydow), the main character, is a modern, post-World War I bourgeois struggling internally with his animalistic and intellectual self. As a result, he has decided to die on his 50th birthday, which is not too far off. In the meantime he meets the enchanting Hermine (Dominique Sanda), who introduces him to a younger world filled with parties and drugs. Nonetheless Harry is still troubled by his internal conflict and suffers from hallucinations where the line of reality and fantasy is blurred, as conveyed cinematographically by the use of many special effects.
In English with optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired
1 hour 48 minutes

Taxi zum Klo (Taxi to the Toilet)

Treffpunkt Deutsch, 5th Edition / Treffpunkt Deutsch, 6th Edition
Region 1 (NTSC) DVDs
To accompany the fifth and sixth editions of the elementary-level German language textbook Treffpunkt Deutsch by E. Rosemarie Widmaier, Fritz T. Widmaier, and Margaret Glonglewski (© 2008 Pearson-Prentice Hall, © 2013 Pearson Education Inc.); twelve video segments feature unscripted interviews with native speakers on topics relating to chapter themes.
Total time: 36:35 minutes

Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Volker Schlöndorff & Margarethe von Trotta (1975)
After a shy young girl in West Germany, Katharina (Angela Winkler), meets a man at a party (Jürgen Prochnow) and falls in love instantly, she wakes up with police at her door interrogating and accusing her of housing terrorists. As soon as the media figures out the situation, they start investigating and publishing every detail of Katharina’s life and make her out to be a public enemy. Upon further investigation, a conspiracy going all the way up to high-ranking politicians and businessmen is discovered and Katharina’s lover placed in jail, but not before Katharina gets her own revenge.
In German with optional English subtitles
1 hour 46 minutes

Wilhelm Tell
Region 0 (PAL) DVD
Alfred Stöger (1956)
Burgtheater Wien presents Friedrich Schiller’s 1804 drama about the 14th century folk hero William Tell. Conflict simmers between the Swiss people and Gessler, the tyrannical governor. Tell is arrested for neglecting to pay homage to the governor as he passed through town. As punishment, Gessler challenges Tell, a legendary marksman, to shoot an apple off his son’s head at one hundred yards. Though Tell hits his mark, the enmity between him and Gessler remains, and Tell finally joins the people in their movement to overthrow his regime.
In German, no subtitles
1 hour 22 minutes

The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Ray Müller (1993)
Two-part documentary about the life and career of Leni Riefenstahl, actress and filmmaker; part I features interviews with Riefenstahl highlighting her tremendous talents while questioning her intentions and connection to the Nazi Party and Adolf Hitler; part II reveals the still passionate artist Riefenstahl who, at the age of 90, continues to be accused of involvement with the Nazis.
English narration with interviews in German with English subtitles
Part I: 1 hour 36 minutes
Part II: 1 hour 32 minutes







Das Alphabet auf Deutsch 
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Designed to teach the alphabet by showing examples of German words beginning with each letter; each word superimposed on screen while narrator of live-action video segment uses word in a complete sentence.
32 minutes

Anna, Schmidt und Oskar 
Two 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
Produced by the WDR, NDR, SWF and the Goethe Institute; level one (lessons 1–13) of a language learning series designed for children; provides a contextualized introduction to German language and culture via the experiences of Anna, a teen-aged music student, Schmidt, her elderly neighbor, and Oskar, a puppy; accompanying book available.
In German, no subtitles
Each video: approx. 90 minutes
Total time: 3 hours

Anna und Der König (Anna & the King)
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1999)
Loosely based on the semi-biographical novel by Margaret Landon. A young English teacher in Siam (present-day Thailand) begins he journey teaching English to the 69 children of the royal court. Soon after, she realizes Siam is in risk of colonization. The King wants to educate the royal court so that they can reason with the British. Therefore, Anna is an important asset to his kindgdon and she soon finds herself swept up in politics.
Dubbed in German with no subtitles
2 hours 28 minutes

Das Boot ist voll 
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Award-winning Swiss film starring Tina Engel, Curt Bois and Renate Steiger; suspense-filled drama where the conflict of personal conscience and the policies of a government converge; synopsis: in the summer of 1942 the Swiss government has set up strict immigration policies to stop the influx of people fleeing Nazi Germany; a Swiss innkeeper takes in a group of refugees she finds hiding on her property; when local authorities are alerted, the innkeeper is forced to rethink her decision about granting asylum.
In (Swiss) German, with English subtitles
104 minutes

A Class Act
1/2" VHS color videocassette © 1987
About teachers and foreign language teaching as a career; professionally filmed with practicing teachers and former teachers in the workplace; aimed at recruiting foreign language teachers for the future.
In English
15 minutes

Collaborations: Meeting New Goals, Realities
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced in 1997 by the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in conjunction with the 1997 Northeast Conference Reports volume; presents examples of classroom scenarios that each focus on one of the five goal areas (listed below) of the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning; series of accompanying discussion questions available.
54 minutes


  1. Communication Goal: Meaning Making through a Whole Language Approach
  2. Cultures Goal: Using Video to Explore Perspectives, Practices, and Products of Guatemalan Culture
  3. Connections Goal: Making New Connections through Interdisciplinary Lessons
  4. Comparisons Goal: Using Linguistic and Cultural Comparisons to Help Students Succeed in Learning
  5. Communities Goal: Using a Foreign Language to Connect with the Community

1/2" VHS color videocassette (1997)
Dr. Arroway is a gifted scientist who struggles to find funding to search for Extra-terrestrial life. In an effort to make first contact with aliens, she begins to forge aliences for the sake of science. Nevertheless, it takes a leap of faith for her research to progress. Guided by her passion to explore, Dr. Arroway makes decisions that will change the world.
Dubbed in German with no subtitles
2 hours 23 minutes

Cultural Literacy and Interactive Language Instruction
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1988)
Narrated by Marlies Mueller of the Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University; illustrates a variety of activities designed to teach language through literature: (1) discussion of ideas via simulated news broadcasts and interviews with famous people, (2) vocabulary study, (3) grammar activities, (4) student dramatizations, (5) oral testing; begins by illustrating negative classroom techniques; ends with student discussion (in English) of the “language-through-literature” classes; all illustrations are from elementary and advanced French classes.
Narration in English
55 minutes

Deutschland: Ein Bilderbuch-Märchen
1/2" VHS color videocassette
A 1986 travelog of the land of forests, lakes and castles; sites visited include: the medieval city of Schwabisch Hall, Limburger Dom and the doll museum, the forty lake district in the Duchy of Lauenburg on the Elbe, Stade, the medieval Hanse city, Frankenwald, the Harz Mountains; in the Black Forest one sees farmers distilling their own obst schnaps, artisans cutting precious stones; also included is a visit to Kulmbach where the world’s strongest beer is brewed; addresses of local information centers appear at the conclusion of each mini-presentation of a region.
In German, no subtitles
Approx. 50 minutes

Deutschland TV Report No. 4: “Impressionen und Informationen über Berlin”

1/2"VHS color videocassette
Gives a portrait of Berlin as still (1980s, early ’90s?) the focal point of political and cultural life in Germany; the first half of the program is comprised of true impressions of the city and of its people; there is little spoken German in the first half, rather many images of life in the city; the second half of the program gives more of an historical presentation of Berlin with full German narration.
In German without subtitles
Approx. 60 minutes

Die Deutschstunde
Seven 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
March, April, May, and September–December 1995 editions of the TV-magazine for American students of German produced by the Goethe Institute in conjunction with Deutsch Welle and the American Association of Teachers of German; each two-hour video includes interviews, music, cultural clips including documentary portraits of various German cities, scenes of daily life in Germany, etc.; accompanying handbooks include pedagogical tips, activities, song lyrics and some other transcripts.
Total time: 14 hours

Die Dreigroschenoper
1/2" VHS black & white videocassette
1931 G.W. Pabst film setting of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera; stars Rudolph Forster, Carola Neher, Lotte Lenya, and Fritz Rasp.
In German with English subtitles
1 hour 53 minutes

1/2" VHS (PAL) color videocassette
The tragedy in five acts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The people of the Netherlands are suffering under Spanish dominion and seek to acquire their freedom. The people greatly desire Lord Egmont as their leader. Egmont, however, hesitates because he believes that the rights of the Netherlands can be obtained from the regent queen without rebellion and bloodshed. Despite the regent, Alba takes over the government of the Netherlanders. Egmont, then, falls victim to Alba’s criminal court; for advanced students.
In German without subtitles
2 hours 40 minutes

Expeditions Through German Culture

Seven 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
Fifty-two 15-minute programs focusing on the literature, history, rareties of art and culture, architecture and famous folk heroes of Germany; portrait of the German people, past and present, East and West; gives insight into prevailing political, economic and social conditions in Germany since Reunification; designed to be used as supplementary material in an intermediate German language course; language of series is well-paced yet sophisticated enough to be challenging to students beyond the first-year level; accompanying 207-page text Streifzüge durch die deutsche Kulturgeschichte, containing color photographs, does not duplicate narration of the video series, but uses it as a point of departure for related material.
Total time: 13 hours

German Commercials II
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Compilation of 50 German-language commercials for a wide variety of consumer products; commercials aired on German television circa 1988; brief, multiple-choice “quick quiz” card provided.
29 minutes

1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced by Langenscheidt; designed as a preparation tool for the Business German certificate, this 8-segment program illustrates the procedure involved in establishing business contacts between a Scandinavian company and a German firm; aims to teach social and cultural behavior patterns as well as business German vocabulary; accompanying 128-page Video Workbook available.
In German, no subtitles
50 minutes

Going International
Four 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
Designed to help the traveler develop cross-cultural skills required for a successful international experience.
In English

  • Bridging the Culture Gap — contrasts one’s own unconscious cultural values/habits with those of the diverse cultures of the world; explains cultural taboos and accepted standards of behavior; 30 minutes.
  • Managing the Overseas Assignment — shows how cultural misunderstandings can affect the traveler’s ability to accomplish goals in such diverse countries as Japan, Saudi Arabia, England, India, and Mexico; includes explanation of what went wrong in each situation and proposes ways for improving results; 30 minutes.
  • Beyond Culture Shock — for the family or the individual moving abroad; explains the psychological phases of the adjustment process; provides practical suggestions for making life abroad a positive experience; 30 minutes.
  • Welcome Home, Stranger — focuses on the unexpected problems of returning home and how to overcome the difficulties of “re-entry” into the workplace, community and school environment; 15 minutes.

Hand-Held Delight
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced in Summer 2000 by the Boston College Audiovisual Department in association with the Boston College Lambda Psi chapter of Pi Delta Phi (National French Honor Society); this video, produced in conjunction with the Lambda Psi chapter’s exhibit of the same name at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College (June 14–September 24, 2000), highlights several of the 18th and 19th-century European fans from the permanent Mr. and Mrs. Frederick B. Hicks Collection at Boston College; also includes a study of 18th-century fan construction as illustrated by the Eventailliste (Fan-Maker) plates from the Encyclopédie of Denis Diderot.
English-language captions and period music
Approx. 27 minutes.

Heinle & Heinle Satellite Videoconference #2: On Mentoring Foreign Language TAs, Lecturers, and Adjunct Faculty 
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The October 25, 2000 second-annual national videoconference on issues in language program direction sponsored by Heinle & Heinle Publishers and broadcast from the Georgia Center for Continuing Education; based on the AAUSC (American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Foreign Language Programs) volume Mentoring Foreign Language TAs, Lecturers, and Adjunct Faculty edited by Benjamin Rifkin; videoconference moderated by Robert Terry (University of Richmond) with featured speakers: Elizabeth Bernhardt (Stanford University), Tom Blair (City College of San Francisco), Lara Lomicka (Penn State University), Susan Navey-Davis (North Carolina State University), Rebecca Oxford (University of Maryland); in addition to delivering formal presentations and participating in discussions on the topic of mentoring, speakers respond to viewers’ questions.
2 hours

Heinle & Heinle Satellite Videoconference #3: Teaching in Todays Multilevel Classroom
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The February 6, 2002 third-annual national videoconference on issues in language program direction sponsored by Heinle & Heinle Publishers and broadcast from the Georgia Center for Continuing Education; videoconference moderated by Robert Terry (University of Richmond) with featured speakers: Kerry S.G. Driscoll (University of Iowa and Coe College), Jean-Louis Hippolyte (Kansas State University), Patti J. Marinelli (University of South Carolina), and Kimberley A. Sallee (University of Missouri-Columbia); in addition to delivering formal presentations and participating in discussions on the topic of placement in the multilevel classroom where students of varying abilities/backgrounds in the target language come together, speakers respond to viewers’ questions.
2 hours

Der Herr der Ringe: Die Gefährten 
1/2" VHS color videocassette (2001)
Based on the first volume of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic trilogy. The fate of the world is on the shoulders of Frodo Baggins, a hobbit from the shire, who possesses the One Ring. He is in pursuit by the dark sorcerer Sauron who wishes to obtain the ring’s great power. Accompanied by 8 diverse companions, The Fellowship, he journeys to Mount Mordor to destroy it.
Dubbed in German with no subtitles
2 hours 51 minutes

Interact ’89
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The satellite teleconference, “Using Technology in the Modern Language Classroom,” from California State University at Chico (May 10, 1989). Participants include: Frank Otto of Brigham Young University, Rick Altman and James Pusack of PICS, Lee Ann Stone of UC at Irvine; their discussion includes task-based activities for the language lab, use of video and authentic foreign television programming and the availability of videodisc.
In English
90 minutes

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Three 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
EuroTel; each 30-minute video profiles a different period in the life and work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: (1) Der junge Goethe (1749–1775), (2) Von Weimar bis Rome (1775–1789), (3) In ein neues Jahrhundert (1789–1832); presentation combines literary analysis and biography; transcript booklet available.
Total time: 90 minutes

Kalkül und Leidenschaft: Die Epoche des Sturm und Drang 
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Study of the Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress) period of German literature facilitated by conversations between Yukio, a Japanese student, and Arnim, a German student who are both studying at the Künstler-Akademie at Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart; includes references to works of Schiller, Goethe, Herder, Lenz, and Wagner as illustrations of the period’s rebellion against traditional norms and conventions of society and literature; videoscript available.
In German, no subtitles
30 minutes

Languages at Work
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1989)
Narrated by Marlies Mueller of the Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University; illustrates a variety of activities for the language classroom: warm-up, grammar-related, role-playing, group work, warm-down activities; illustrations are given in French, Italian, and Spanish by Harvard faculty members in elementary-level language classes.
Narration in English
35 minutes

Lola rennt (Run, Lola, Run)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Tom Tykwer (1998)
Starring Franka Potente and Moritz Bleibtreu; With edgy cinematography and a pulsating soundtrack, this fast-paced thriller tells the story of Lola (Potente) and Manni (Bleibtreu), her boyfriend, who has just lost the huge sum of money he owes his mobster boss; Manni and Lola must race against the clock to replace the money within 20 minutes in order to save their lives; also available in Region 2 (PAL) DVD format with option of German subtitles.
In German with English subtitles
81 minutes

Maria Stuart
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Bayerischer Rundfunk production of Friedrich Schiller’s tragedy in five acts; no subtitles; accompanying text of play includes biographical and historical notes.
Approx. 2 hours

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #1: From Theory to Practice: The Natural Approach
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The February 23, 1994 McGraw-Hill satellite teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second language acquisition theory and how to apply it to the classroom; program, moderated by Dr. Gerard Ervin of Ohio State, features presentation by Dr. Stephen Krashen and panel discussion/questions-answers with Jeanne Egasse, Erwin Tschirner, Mary Rogers, Magdalena Andrade, and Elías Miguel Muñoz; topic of discussion: Tracy Terrell’s Natural Approach to language instruction; available: multiple copies of teleconference handout containing biographies of conference panelists, outline of Krashen’s presentation, and Natural Approach theory.
2 hours

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #2: A New Look at Authentic Materials
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The February 15, 1995 second-annual McGraw-Hill satellite teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second language acquisition theory and practice; program, moderated by Dr. Gerard Ervin of Ohio State, features presentations by Dr. Wilga Rivers (Harvard University) and Dr. June Phillips (Weber State and ACTFL), and panel discussion/questions-answers with Drs. Robert Blake (University of California, Davis), Robert Di Donato (Miami University), Raymond Elliott (University of Texas, Arlington), L. Kathy Heilenman (University of Iowa), and Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku (University of California, San Diego); topic of discussion: use of authentic materials in the foreign language classroom; features videotaped examples of teachers using realia, authentic readings, and video in the classroom; available: copy of teleconference handout containing outline of program.
2 hours

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #3: Integrating Technology into the Language Curriculum
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The October 23, 1996 third-annual McGraw-Hill satellite teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second language acquisition theory and practice; program, moderated by Dr. Gerard Ervin of Ohio State, features presentations entitled The Role of Technology by Dr. Robert J. Blake (University of California, Davis) and Technology and the Communicative Language Classroom by Dr. Bill Van Patten (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) followed by panel discussion/questions-answers with Drs. Gail Robinson-Stuart (San Diego State University), Richard Kern (University of California, Berkeley), Christopher M. Jones (Carnegie-Mellon University), James P. Pusack (University of Iowa), Karen Price (Harvard University); topic of discussion: attempt to answer the following 4 questions: What is technology good for? Where does technology live? What is the process for integrating technology? How does the language instructor get good materials?
2 hours

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #4: Grammar in the Communicative Language Classroom
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The Fall 1997 fourth-annual McGraw-Hill teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second language acquisition theory and practice; program, moderated by Dr. Gerard Ervin of Ohio State features presentations by Dr. Diane Musumeci (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and Dr. Michael H. Long (University of Hawaii, Manoa); also includes panel discussion/questions-answers with Drs. Elizabeth Bernhardt (Stanford University), Patsy Lightbown (Concordia University, Montreal), Theodore Higgs (San Diego State University), and Bill VanPatten (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign); topic of discussion: attempt to answer the following 4 questions: Should grammar be explicitly taught in the communicative language classroom? Does grammar instruction make a difference in the acquisition of a second language? If so, what are the effects? What approach to grammar instruction should be followed?
2 hours

Minna von Barnhelm
1/2" VHS (PAL) color videocassette
The comedy in five acts by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
2 hours 27 minutes

Neue Horizonte 4th Edition
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Containing eight modules which reinforce and expand on the themes, vocabulary and structures presented in every two chapters of the Neue Horizonte, 4th edition (Dollenmayer, Hanson) (GM 1.022) textbook; each module includes: (1) a situational, live segment featuring recurring characters whose speech is semi-scripted; (2) opening and closing realia segments related to the module’s theme; filmed in Berlin; Videoecke sections of Neue Horizonte, 4th edition textbook provide custom-designed support via pre-viewing and viewing activities as well as key vocabulary for each video module; 2 copies available.
Approx. 38 minutes

Neue Welle Deutschland
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Closely coordinated with the D.C. Heath first-year text Neue Horizonte, 3rd edition(Dollenmayer, Hansen) (GM 1.019). Shot on location in Berlin, the eight modules each feature authentic, functional scenes in natural settings, a brief review of a grammar topic, and thematically-related documentary shots; Video Workbook contains pre-viewing, viewing and post-viewing activities; Instructor’s Edition of Video Workbook contains general and chapter-specific teaching suggestions for using Neue Welle Deutschland, a complete video transcript, and an answer key for workbook activities.
Approx. 60 minutes


Ist das Zimmer noch frei? (renting a room)
Ohne Frühstück geht’s nicht! (breakfast)
Wie war deine Vorlesung? (student life/night life)
Gehen wir doch einkaufen! (shopping)
Treibst du gern Sport? (sports and leisure)
Das vergesse ich nie. (birthday, memories)
Fährst du mit in die Schweiz? (travel and vacation plans)
Ich bezahle das Abendessen! (dinner in a restaurant, women’s issues, guest workers)

Die Niebelungen — part I: Siegfrieds Tod; part II: Kriemhildes Rache
1/2" VHS black & white videocassette
The 1924 silent film by Fritz Lang; English titles between scenes of Siegfried; German and English titles between scenes of Kriemhilde, music; a cinematographic masterpiece of the most famous German legend.
Part I: 2 hours
Part II: 1 hour 38 minutes

Poetry and the Teaching of Foreign Languages
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1991)
Demonstration of teaching techniques where poetry is examined as a literary genre and as a means of expanding communicative skills in a foreign language; divided into three parts: Celebrating Poetry, Understanding Poetry, Creating Poetry; actual, unrehearsed classes in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, and English as a Second Language presented; shot on location at Harvard University with appearances by Harvard professors Wilga Rivers and Marlies Mueller, as well as Prof. Claire Kramsch of the University of California at Berkeley.
60 minutes

Porträt Friedrich Schiller: Ein Genie findet Worte 1759–1783
1/2" VHS color videocassette
A Joachim Burkhardt film on the life and works of Friedrich Schiller; accompanying text provides video transcript and additional documents.
No subtitles
Approx. 2 hours

Schauplatz Deutschland: Dresden
1/2" VHS color videocassette © 1994 Deutsche Welle
Narrator Sabine Sauer acts as video tour guide through Dresden and its cultural history; highlights of the tour include: Frauenkirche, the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace, Neustadt, Europe’s largest microchip factory of the future, the story behind the STASI files, a portrait of the author Erich Kästner, a day in the life of a choir member, a lesson in making the cheescake called Eierschecke.
In German with English subtitles
60 minutes

Speak Easy
1/2" VHS color videocassette
14 short mime sketches in which two characters interact in real-life situations; sketches move from service-related interactions between strangers, to encounters between strangers, to more personal situations involving close friends or members of family; for all levels of language student; a Teacher’s Manual is available.
Each sketch: 3–5 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes



Flat Tire

New Shoes


Cab Ride



Moving In

Truck Stop

Phone Call

Chez Vincent



The Lesson


1/2" VHS color videocassette (1994)
LAPD officer Jack Tavern (Keanu Reeves) falls prey to the personal vendetta of a domestic terrorist. In order to keep other citizens from being killed, Tavern attempts to stop a bus rigged with explosions. However, if the bus goes below 50 mph, it will explode!
Dubbed in German, no subtitles
1 hour 52 minutes

Technology: Tool or Method? 
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Recording of a “Baker’s Dozen Roundtable” discussion broadcast April 12, 2001 via satellite from Duke University and sponsored by the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in collaboration with Washington and Lee University and Duke University; 13 experts in applied linguistics, pedagogy and technology discuss (1) theory and practice in technology, (2) expected and assured outcomes with technology use, (3) changes in knowledge acquisition as it pertains to the technological interface, (4) technology as a transparent tool and/or method; discussion participants: Ms. Pegge Abrams (Duke), Dr. Bryan Alexander (Centenary College of Louisiana), Dr. Robert Blake (UC, Davis), Prof. Miriam Carlisle (Washington and Lee), Dr. Lise Desmarais (Canadian Foreign Service Institute), Dr. Robert Fischer (CALICO), Dr. Nina Garrett (Yale), Dr. P. Richard (Dick) Kuettner (Coordinator and Host, Washington and Lee), Dr. Jerry Larson (Brigham Young University), Dr. Jimmie Purser (Millsaps College), Dr. Clare Tufts (Duke), Prof. Ken’ichi Ujie (Washington and Lee), Dr. Clara Yu (Middlebury).
60 minutes

Test The West!: Metamorphosis In East Germany
Two 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
Two-part documentary focusing on the metamorphosis East Germany and its people are going through while shifting from one system to another - Part 1 (1990): First Encounter with a New System (30 minutes); Part 2 (1993): The Rebuilding of a Country (48 minutes); includes interviews with a variety of everyday people who talk about changes in their lives, about hope and frustration in these times of transition, thus providing a look at German Reunification from an insider’s perspective.
Total time: 1 hour 18 minutes

The Three Penny Opera
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1931)
Loosely based on the 1928 musical theater by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. Macheath marries Polly Peachum even though her father does not approve. Due to Mr. Peachum’s political influence in the town, the couple’s life together is threatened.
In German with English subtitles
1 hour and 53 minutes

Treffpunkt Deutsch 2nd Edition
1/2" VHS color videocassette
20 video clips taken from German television; includes news, talk show, documentary, sports programming; coordinated with the chapters of Treffpunkt Deutsch Grundstufe, 2nd and 3rd eds. (© 1995, 1999 Prentice-Hall) by Widmaier and Widmaier; accompanying pre- and post-viewing activities available in text’s Instructor’s Resource Manual; 2 copies.
Approx. 40 minutes

The World Says Welcome
1/2" VHS color videocassette © 1987 Monterey Institute of International Studies
A fast-paced, informative video program using real-life interviews with young Americans living and working throughout the world; designed to stimulate interest in foreign language and to provide expert advice on how to prepare for an international career; accompanying materials include: teacher’s guide, counselor’s guide, suggestions for use in classroom, and an international careers bibliography.
Approx. 27 minutes

Zahlen und Farben auf Deutsch 
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Designed to teach numbers and colors while narrator describes scenes shot on location in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
15 minutes