Dr. Angelica Browne's German 201 Student Projects

Fall 2019

Schreck – ein Märchen

German 302 Cal Poly CLA Schreck – ein Märchen is a comedy fairytale sketch based off the movie Schreck.

--- written and performed by Melissa Melton, Stefany James and Lily Abells


Fall 2018

Fernweh [“Wanderlust”], a nine-day trip through German-speaking countries

“Our project is a blog on a website which describes a nine-day trip through three different cities in three different German speaking countries in Europe. It is an itinerary for the traveler who wants to follow our trip advice. The blog is split up into three pages, each outlining what to do during the traveler’s three-day visit to each city. The inspiration for our project lies in the fact that all three of us have visited our respective cities and we wanted to share our experiences in each city through a travel blog.”

--- by Shimon Chait, Amanda Smith, Wyatt Boyd


Um SLO herumzukommen. Ein Leitfaden für Transport in San Luis Obispo [„Getting around SLO. A Transport Guide for San Luis Obispo“]

“Our project is meant to help German speakers better understand their transportation options around SLO. Currently, it contains basic information that focuses on preparing readers for cultural differences they might encounter while in SLO. The inspiration for this project comes from our own experiences traveling to Europe (and Germany, in particular) where we noticed that getting around was a little different. As Americans in Germany, we found it easy to get around. However, it seems that coming to the US, it might be a little more confusing as to how to get around. This project aims to provide tips, advice, and centralized information source for German-speaking visitors.”

---by Alex Baro, Troy Kawahara, James Williams 

Check out the transport guide here


Folklore & Mythen, a folklore-inspired travel guide through Germany

“The project is about a travel agency that is influenced by the origins of myths and legends thus resulting in unique destinations for tourists that want to explore the home of these folklores. We would like to communicate a better understanding and awareness of the many legends that are based in Germany, as well as, remind folks that we are all kids inside and with that we truly are free.

--- by Alvin Rios & Abdulrahman Kauther

See the folklore-inspired travel guide here



WWII German Propaganda Collage

“For our project, we decided to explore German propaganda during the Nazi regime. The Nazis were an extremely oppressive and hateful party that alienated many different German citizens. They used systemic forms of propaganda to brainwash people and promote their own agenda. In our collage you can see many different types of propaganda, all designed to promote different aspects of Nazi ideology. We would like to communicate not only the historical significance of the German propaganda but the power of propaganda in general to sway the people.”

--- by Alex Catlett, Sonia Koss, Sarah Lamp, Chris King

See the propaganda collage


5. Die Legende einer Sandburg [“The Legend of a Sand Castle”], an illustrated children’s story

“My project is a children’s book about a boy who creates a Sandcastle. Through his imagination, he builds his world up into a grand kingdom. Unfortunately, his favorite knight of the kingdom is killed by a dragon-dog. Although the hero of the story is dead, the kingdom celebrates his sacrifice and honors him for all of time. I have always wanted to write children’s books and, after this project, will deeply consider creating versions in German and other languages.

--- by Nicholas Dockery

Read the story here



Fall 2017

Kochen auf Deutsch [“Cooking in German”]

--- by Quinn Santone, Maddie Sachtler, Joseph Yoo, Rhys Wheatly, Karlee Gailey

Watch the video here



Fall 2016

As their final projects for German 201, students designed and presented travel brochures/videos under a general heading "Ein etwas anderer Reiseführer durch deutschsprachige Länder" (A Somewhat Different Travel Guide through German-Speaking Countries). The topics covered the whole spectrum of German-speaking culture ranging from high Art and music to tasty traditional foods such as currywurst and Kartoffelsalat, from submarines to bridges, from Mozart and Beethoven to Berlin’s Berhain nightclub. Below are some highlights.

Ticket nach Berlin: Neunschweinstein (Ticket to Berlin: Castle Neunschweinstein)

a satirical video professionally filmed and acted out by Nicole Neumayr (FDSC),Maxwell Sheets (HIST), Bryce Fauble (AERO) and Tom Schalow (NUTR).

Please watch it on Youtube


Der Urlaub der romantischen Komponisten (The Romantic Composers’ Holiday)

by Sandy Serwin (WLC), Alexander Bisaillon (HIST) and Paul Michaels (HIST).” Read it here. 


Schönes Heidelberg (Beautiful Heidelberg)

by Laurel Kuehl (BUS), Julia Sargent (CE) and Max Reichardt (COMS)

Learn more about Beautiful Heidleberg! 



Die Größten Komponisten (The Greatest Composers)

by Ryan Hund (HIST) and Keaton Riordan (HIST)

Please watch it on Youtube


Versteckte Juwelen Deutschlands (Germany ’s Hidden Jewels)

by Amelia Crary (WLC), Lea Bruder (ENGL), and Ralph Battles (Professor of Business, Emeritus)

Learn more about these hidden jewels! 



Fall 2013


Sonnenstrahlen und Schatten:

Allerlei zum Leben und zur Liebe aus CalPoly

Sunbeams and Shadows: A Potpourri on Life and Love from CalPoly

“This video “Sunbeams and Shadows: A Potpourri on Life and Love from CalPoly” is a product of the creativity and imagination of our German 201 language course at CalPoly.  It highlights and contrasts the rich variety of German cultural expression, encompassing pathos and humor, tragedy and farce, love and the search for the meaning of life.  I recorded my students reading texts chosen by them as a part of their final oral examination in the Fall 2013. Enjoy!

Special thanks to Alex Thomas for his technical expertise in creating this video as well as his pertinent input in the editing process.”

Watch the video on Youtube.


Deutschlernen mit Kochkunst: Spätzle

A creative presentation by Alex Thomas, Mandie Lincoln, and Natalie Schwebel for Intermediate German 201 at Cal Poly.

Watch the video on Youtube. 





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