Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 3. November 2009
Class theme/topics discussed: Typisch Mann und typisch Frau
How did you pick this theme or topic? I did this with my German 33 class and they really liked the topic. So I thought my other students might like it as well.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
First of all, I asked my students about stereotypes of men and women. We made a list and they drew a cluster. Afterwards we read a text about men and women (“Wer putzt und wer verdient das Geld?”). I asked my students about their opinion on this and we had a very interesting talk. Afterwards, I told my students to have a discussion. One of them was supposed to be in favor of traditional roles and the other one in favor of a modern view.
How did students react?
The students were very interested and were eager to share their opinions.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they talked a lot. We had a very interesting and lively discussion.
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Text (“Wer putzt und wer verdient das Geld?”)
Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, I would. The students liked the topic and it stimulated a great discussion. It might have been more interesting though, if we could have heard a man’s point of view (both my students are female).