Keeping region’s German history alive

LEARNING: Anne McKenzie with Oskar, 2, committee member Stefani Traeger with baby Jebb and Lisa Davies with Ella, 3.
LEARNING: Anne McKenzie with Oskar, 2, committee member Stefani Traeger with baby Jebb and Lisa Davies with Ella, 3.

A plight to revive German language in the Barossa has culminated in a weekly playgroup where young children are exposed to the language.

The Barossa German Language Association (BGLA) was formed by Adelaide University lecturer Peter Mickan in 2014, who was passionate about the retention of the region’s rich German history.

The Spielgruppe, or German playgroup, is held each Saturday between 9.30 and 11.30am during school term at the BOSCH Centre, Nuriootpa Primary School. 

“Our BGLA strongly believes the sooner children learn/hear another language the better, a fact borne out in research worldwide,” BGLA member Stefani Traeger said.

“The pre-school aged children play together, we do a craft activity, sing songs and have story time, all of this spoken in German.

“The parents also have opportunity to learn/improve their German and make social contact with other parents.”

The cost is $15 per family each term and $3 per child a week.

For more information contact Stefani on 0408 621 384 or check out the Spielgruppe Facebook page.