Advanced German Conversation

Date: 11/14/2013

Class theme/topics discussed: Immigration, part II

Goal of the class:  Discuss current issues on immigration, the idea of culture

Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):

– We started off by watching a short video on new immigration into Germany due to the European crisis. Students were asked to summarize the video, identify the previously mentioned problems and advantages of living in Germany.

– Summarize and recapitulate the episode of “Türkisch für Anfänger” for the students who had not been to class the week before

Citizenship test: I wanted to do the German citizenship test with my class. First, I divided the class into  3 groups and asked them to discuss what they thought would be important enough to be part of a test as such.

–  When we collected the ideas, a discussion started about culture and nationhood which went very deep and made almost everyone contribute significantly. I decided to leave the test for next class and let them go on.

What technology, media or props did you use? (satellite tv, internet resources, playmobiles, etc.)

TV screen, computer

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

One of the best classes so far. The discussion that students spontaneously started was a highlight of this semester.

How could this class be improved/ modified?