External Resources (German)

Language Learning

The Goethe Institute San Francisco, located at 530 Bush Street in San Francisco (by the entrance to Chinatown), offers an interesting cultural program, including film screenings. The annual German Film Festival in San Francisco Berlin and Beyond takes place in February.


The German department at University of California, Berkeley, organizes a variety of conferences. An important event is the Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable, which attracts scholars in Germanic linguistics from the U.S. and abroad. It meets in early April in even-numbered years.

The German Studies Association (GSA) is a nonprofit educational organization which promotes research and study of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Defined as a multi- and interdisciplinary association of scholars in German, Austrian and Swiss history, literature, culture studies, the GSA holds an annual conference and publishes a scholarly journal — German Studies Review — as well as a newsletter. Membership is open to anyone interested in German studies.

The Modern Language Association of America (MLA), founded in 1883, provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. The association meets annually in late December and publishes four major periodicals, including the ADE Bulletin, ADFL Bulletin, Profession and PMLA.

The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) is one of six regional groups of the Modern Language Association.


If you are interested in teaching German visit the American Association of Teacher of German (AATG), the largest professional organization. You might also want to check out the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Do you like to work with children? Check out the Bay Area's German Saturday Schools. They are always looking for teaching assistants and classroom volunteers.

The Berkeley Language Center offers a lecture series each semester with a focus on new developments in the field of teaching methodology and applied linguistics.

Stellenanzeigen lists many career as well as internship opportunities in Germany and some other German-speaking countries.