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Students experience German cultureSubmitted: 10/27/2014
Story By Lauren Stephenson

Students experience German culture
EAGLE RIVER - Teachers may struggle to keep their students' attention.

But one Northwoods German teacher found a way to make her students excited to learn about German language and culture.

Students taking German class at Northland Pines got the opportunity to experience a traditional Oktoberfest.

While some may associate Oktoberfest with beer, that wasn't the focus of the original celebration in the 1800s or at Northland Pines.

"Oktoberfest started out as a wedding celebration between Prinzessin Theresa of Saxony Hildburg-Hausen and Crown Prinz Ludwig of Bavaria. And they invited all of the citizens of Munich to come and celebrate with them. That was very popular and so it happened year after year," said NPHS German Teacher Christina Stuber.

Students got to make a traditional German dish.

The class also performed a few traditional German dances and tested their knowledge of German history.

"It's not a very easy thing to bring other cultures into the Northwoods. And so when we have that opportunity, the students really like to go all in on this and they get so excited and enthusiastic, and that's a way for me to work in other language concepts that they haven't learned yet, talk about history, make things that are from the past really applicable to them today," Stuber added.

Some students enjoyed the program so much, they now come back to help their teacher organize the day.

Germans celebrate Oktoberfest at the end of September and beginning of October.

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