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DE S12 Study Break: Easter Eggs, Movie Night

DE S12 Off-Campus Cultural Activity: Max Raabe

DE S12 INT/ADV M&Ms game

Language and Section: German advanced

Date: Feb 7, 2012

Class theme/topics discussed: the M&M game

Goal of the class: playing the M&M game

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

1) Playing the M&M game: Each M&M color has a different meaning. Depending on the color you get, you have to tell a different story about
– blue → a holiday
– yellow → a special person
– organge → a joke or something funny
– red → something embarrassing
– brown → something that was recently in the news
– green → a dream

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

M&Ms

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

The M&M game worked very well, it gave the students something to talk about.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Modification: Topics for the different colors could vary

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.

DE S12 ADV Carnival Dances

Language and Section: German Advanced

Date: Feb 16, 2012

Class theme/topics discussed: Carnival

Goal of the class: Learning about different popular Carnival songs and dances for the songs

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

1) Text about the origins of Carnival
2) Group work: 3 groups, each group has to pick one of the following songs:
– Cowboy und Indianer
– Du hast mich 1000x belogen
– Das rote Pferd
The groups then have to find out what the song is about and what dance comes with it (→ internet, youtube) and then tell the class about their song and teach their dance to everyone.

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

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

Worked well, I think students had fun learning the different dances and teaching them to each other

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Modification: Other songs, for example summer songs, that comne with a dance

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.

DE S12 ADV Love

Language and Section: German Advanced

Date: Apr 19, 2012

Class theme/topics discussed: Love

Goal of the class: Using the new expressions we learned before and learning more expressions about love

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

1) Read the text and explain vocabulary)
2) Role-play: Students work in groups of 2 or 3, write down a dialogue and then present that to the class. Topics for the dialogue could be: Asking someone out for a date, breaking up with someone, meeting someone at a party etc.

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

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

Worked very well, students were very engaged, especially those who are going abroad soon.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.

Head over heels

Andrea und Simone sitzen gerade in einem Kaffee und quatschen über die Liebe und Beziehungen. Andrea hat sich in der letzten Woche Hals über Kopf verliebt. Simone ist im Moment solo. Auch sie ist sehr in einen Typen verknallt. Schon seit Monaten
himmelt sie ihn an.

Andrea (D): Ich fühle mich wie im siebten Himmel. Ich bin total in Thomas verschossen. Ich kann nur noch an ihn denken.

Simone (D): Ja, das muss ein schönes Gefühl sein. Thomas liebt Dich genauso abgöttisch wie Du ihn. Wenn Jan mich nur auch so vergöttern würde….

Andrea (D): Du hängst wirklich an diesem Jan. Aber du darfst nicht vergessen, dass er schon vergeben ist. Wie findest du denn Patrick? Er ist noch zu haben und sieht zum Anbeißen gut aus!

Simone (D): Hmm…. Nein, Patrick fehlt einfach das gewisse Etwas! Er reizt mich überhaupt nicht.

Andrea (D): He, mal etwas anderes. Hast du schon gehört, dass Christine einen neuen Macker hat? Sie hat ihn sich letzte Woche auf der Geburtstagsparty angelacht! Sie hat erzählt, dass seine Anmache anfänglich ganz schön blöd war. Er war wohl anfänglich ein richtiger Schleimbeutel. Außerdem hatte sie gesehen, wie er davor auch anderen Mädchen hinterher gegafft hat. Sie dachte: „Mensch, der Typ ist wirklich zum Abgewöhnen!“.

Simone (D): Und wie kam es dann dazu, dass sie jetzt doch etwas miteinander haben?

Andrea (D): Irgendwie hat sich die Geschichte im Laufe des Abends doch noch zum Positiven entwickelt. Ich habe ihn auf jeden Fall am Donnerstag kennen gelernt und er ist wirklich in Ordnung. Ehrlich gesagt ist er mehr als nur in Ordnung. Er ist ein ganz schön toller Hecht! Am Liebsten würde ich ihn ihr ausspannen!

Vokabeln

to fall head over heels in love with s.o. sich Hals über Kopf in jdn verlieben

to be single solo sein

to be head over heels about someone; verknallt sein;
to be infatuated with someone; verschossen sein
to be nuts about s.o.

to fall madly in love with s.o. sich verknallen

to adore s.o.; jdn anhimmeln;
to look up enraptured at s.o.; jdn vergöttern
to idolize s.o.

to be on cloud nine im siebten Himmel sein/ schweben;
auf Wolke sieben sein/ schweben
to love s.o. like crazy jdn abgöttisch lieben

to cling to sb an jdm hängen

to be already taken; vergeben sein
to be unavailable;
to no longer be up for grabs

to be unattached; to be available noch zu haben sein

to look good enough to eat zum Anbeißen (gut) aussehen

to have the „je ne sais quoi“ das gewisse Etwas haben

to attract s.o.; to appeal to s.o. jdn reizen

boyfriend; flame der Macker; die Flamme; der Stecher (vulgar)

to pick s.o. up sich jdn anlachen

the come on die Anmache
sleazeball; scuzzball; servile flatterer der Schleimbeutel; der Schleimi; der Schleimer

to gape at; to ogle jdm hinterher gaffen; jdm hinterher geiern

to be a real turnoff; zum Abgewöhnen sein
to be bad news; to be no good
to get it on with s.o. etw miteinander haben

to be alright in Ordnung sein

to be a devil of a man ein toller Hecht sein (often also used ironically); ein toller Typ sein; ein klasse Mann sein

to unhitch; to pinch someone’s partner; jdm jmdn ausspannen
to move in on; to entice away

DE S12 ADV Cities

Language and Section: German Advanced

Date: Apr 12

Class theme/topics discussed: Cities

Goal of the class: presenting a city to the class (this could be different classes, for example hometowns, cities in Germany, favorite holiday place etc.)

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

Everyone presented their hometown/cities they have been to in Germany to the class, using the Internet to illustrate everything with pictures.

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

What worked well in this class? What did not work?
Worked very well. Students were very interested in where their classmates have been or where they are from.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

This lesson plan could work for different topics about cities as explained above.

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.

DE S12 INT Navigating on a Website

Language and Section: German Intermediate

Date: Mar 29, 2012

Class theme/topics discussed: Navigating around a German website:

Goal of the class: finding things out about the zoo in Dortmund, Germany

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

Asking questions and making the students find the answers to those on the website

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

Internet, Laptop, Tv, zoo website

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

It worked well, I think it’s an important ability to be able to find informations on websites.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Choose different websites for example travel websites.

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.
Zoo: Tiere
• Von wann bis wann hat der Zoo an einem Wochentag geöffnet und wieviel kostet der Eintritt für 3 Erwachsene?
• Kommt man mit öffntlichen Verkehrsmitteln zum Zoo?
• Wann werden die Pinguine gefüttert?
• Gibt es einen Strechelzoo?
• Welches sind die Top 10 Tierarten im Zoo?
• Wie heißen die verschiedenen Tierarten?
• Wie teuer sind Gruppenführungen?
• Was kann man im Zoo alles erleben? → unter Erleben im Zoo
• Was sind Tierpatenschaften?
• Kann man im Dormunder Zoo heiraten?
Wem gehört der Dortmunder Zoo?

DE S12 INT Board Game: The Settlers of Catan

Language and Section: German Intermediate

Date: Apr 17, 2012

Class theme/topics discussed: Game: Die Siedler von Catan (The Settlers of Catan)

Goal of the class: Learning vocabulary connected to board games

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

One of my students already knew the game, so he explained it to my other student. If that isn’t the case you could either read the instructions or explain it yourself.

Then play game

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

Board game : Die Siedler von Catan (is in the German appartment)

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

Worked well, students enjoyed playing a lot and asked to finish the game next class period.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

Modification: use other board games

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.

DE F11 Off Campus Cultural Activity: Halona

DE F11 Study Break: In der Weihnachtsbäckerei

DE F11 INT Job Interviews

Language and Section: German Intermediate

Date: Sep 13th 2011

Class theme/topics discussed: Job interview in Germany

Goal of the class: job related vocabulary, German CV, fluency

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

1)    Warm up: German song “Fliegerlied” + dance with the song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS8YQK6x9BM

2)    Review vocabulary: Application, to apply, interview, interviewer, CV

3)    Differences in German and US CV’s

4)    Role play: Job interview

  • Deciding together for which job applicants should apply and who are the applicants and interviewers
  • The job candidates fill out a CV, the interviewers think about questions they want to ask the applicants
  • Doing the interviews

What technology, media or props did you use? (satellite tv, internet resources, playmobiles, etc.) Computer, Internet, TV for the song

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

Worked very well, my students seemed to enjoy it very much

How could this class be improved/ modified?

IMPORTANT TIPS:

  • I only had 5 students, so I had 3 job candidates and 2 interviewers. Had the interviews one after another. If you have more students, it might be better to have different groups of interviewers 

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.

 

DE F11 ADV Roommates

Language and Section: German advanced

Date: Nov 15th, 2011

Class theme/topics discussed: Roommates

Goal of the class: vocabulary and general things about finding a place to live and a roommate

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

I had 3 pairs of students who were looking for a roommate and 3 people who were looking for a room. The pairs had to think about questions they want to ask to the people who want to become their roommates. The people who are looking for a room have to think of questions they want to ask the people who live there.

Then we had roommate interviews. At the end I asked who wants to have whom as a roommate and who would like to live where.

Writing on the board

Form for the students who had a room for rent

Form for the students who were looking for a room

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

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

Worked very well

How could this class be improved/ modified?

IMPORTANT TIPS:

  • You should have as many groups looking for a roommate as people looking for a room
  • Works better for bigger classes

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.

DE F11 INT/ADV Going Out For Coffee

Language and Section: German advanced (also good for intermediate)

Date: Nov 17th, 2011

Class theme/topics discussed: going out for coffee

Goal of the class: talking about everyday life while having coffee 

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

My students convinced me to go out for a coffee with them. I asked them to only speak German, which they did. Some of them even tried to order their coffee in German, which failed of course, since the waitress did not understand them. We were the only customers at the Sagahen Café. So I think that helped them not to switch to English.

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

No technologie.

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

They talked a lot, so I think it was a good class. Topics we talked about were (besides others) studying abroad, US politics, and the recent Benetton commercial. I think it works very well, because topics just come up naturally. 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

IMPORTANT TIPS:

  • Think about if you want to make your students pay (then all of them have to agree on that) or if you want to pay. If you go somewhere on campus, you can pay with flex money
  • Have some interesting topics you can talk about in mind
  • It is helpful if there are no or not many English speakers around.

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.

DE F11 INT Baking German Waffles

Language and Section: German intermediate

Date: Sep 29th, 2011

Class theme/topics discussed: baking German waffles

 Goal of the class: Learning to make German waffles from scratch and kitchen vocabulary

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

I gave my students the recipe and the ingredients. Also I showed them things in the kitchen and told them the words for those things. 

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

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

Worked very well, they were very interested. Students almost always like to cook. 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

IMPORTANT TIPS:

  • Maybe look for some music in your language which you can play during the cooking
  • Have some topics in mind that you can talk about while cooking
  • Works better for smaller classes, because it is hard to cook with a lot of people 

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.

DE F11 ADV Role Play Game: Werewolves (Mafia)

Language and Section: German Advanced

Date:  Sep 15th, 2011

Class theme/topics discussed: Role play game: Die Werwölfe von Düsterwald (The Werewolves from Duesterwald àGerman version of the game mafia)

Goal of the class: fluency, learning how to bluff in German

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

1)    Explaining the game to my students

There are werewolves and regular humans. The werewolves kill one human per night, the people of the village (including the undercover werewolves) are discussing who might be a werewolf and killing that person. The discussion part produces a lot of language

2)    Playing the game 

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

Role play cards. You can easily make them for yourself.

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

It worked well. We played 2 rounds. The only problem was that after the second round, we only had 10min left, so not enough time for another round, but also too much to let them out early. So I asked them what they are going to do this weekend.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I don’t have a god solution for the time problem. I guess one just needs a back up on that you can spend some time. 

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.

Here is a description of the game on Wikipedia: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werwölfe_von_Düsterwald

(German game Werwolves)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mafia_(party_game)

(English game Mafia)

IMPORTANT TIPS:

  • You need 9 or more people to play this game
  • You should have played the game at least once before you are the narrator. Because it is very important to follow the right structure of what happens during the night- and daytime.
  • The gender of the roles can be different from the gender of the person who has the role. Example: the werewolves are always male, the witch is always female. If you would match the gender of the person playing with the gender of the role, it would be more obvious who has which role.

DE S11 INT Anthem

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: April 28, 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
The German National Anthem.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I just thought that it was an interesting topic

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I asked my students to find out about the history of the German anthem online and gave them questions to that.

How did students react?
They found it interesting

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
PCs + internet

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
The class went well.

DE S11 ADV Soccer

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: April 26th 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
Soccer

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I talked about it at dinner with Sandie.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
First, I went over some soccer vocabulary with my students. Then we went to the Quad to play against the French conversation class. This was great, because if the students spoke in their foreign language they had an advantage, because the other team could not understand them

How did students react?
They loved it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?
It was fun and students had an immediate use by staying in the foreign language.

DE S11 ADV DDR

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: April 19th, 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
The German Democratic Republic

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It’s interesting, because it’s history that’s not too long ago.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I had two groups, one had questions about the beginning, the other about the end of the GDR. They had to get the information from the internet and had to prepare to talk about their questions in the next class.

How did students react?
They found it very interesting and enjoyed it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, setting them up in pairs was helpful to create communication.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Questions about he GDR

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Definitively

Why or why not?
Students loved the topic.

DDR Fragen
Die DDR

DE S11 INT CVs and Resumes

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: Apr 7th 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
Curriculum Vitae in Germany

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I thought it was an interesting topic, as there are differences in a German and American CV, also it can be very useful for students, if they want to apply for a job in Germany

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I showed my student an example CV, we talked about the differences about German and American CV’s and then helped her to write her own CV in German.

How did students react?
Liked it and found it useful.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?
It can be useful for the students future, so they are interested.

Lebenslauf

DE S11 ADV Coffee brewing

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: Apr 5 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
German “Kaffetrinken” Coffee and cake

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It was a reward for my students for their great project.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I taught my students how to make ice cream coffee and I had a cake for them. So we had the food and were just chatting in German.

How did students react?
They love ice cream coffee.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, everybody was talking a lot.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, as a reward for something they did well.

Why or why not?
It’s something typical German.

DE S11 INT Song

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: Apr 5th 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
German Song “Berlin City Girl” by Culcha Candela

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Culcha Candela is a very popular Band in Germany right now. Also this song talks about different cities in Germany and uses a lot of youth language.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Listings to the song, and filling in words in spaces I blanked out before,
Talking about where the different cities are in Germany
Talking about youth language, idioms and vocabulary in the song

How did students react?
Liked it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Song is on youtube.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes.

Why or why not?
Students are interested in German music.

Lueckentext Culcha

DE S11 INT Street Signs

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: Mar 29th 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
Street signs in Germany.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
I did the same in my German 22 class.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I gave them a list of German street signs and made them guess what the signs mean.

How did students react?
Liked it.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
List of street signs.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
It’s educational and very useful, if the students want to drive sometime in Germany.

DE S11 ADV Song

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: Mar 3rd 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
Class project + Viva Colonia

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
My students finished writing their scripts. We also practiced the song Viva Colonia for the upcoming German Karnevals party.

Viva Colonia

DE S11 ADV Homosexuality

Conversation Class Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: Feb 22 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
Guido Westerwelle and homosexuality

How did you pick this theme or topic?
It was in the German news

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I read the article with my students, then we discussed the different laws in the UK, US and Germany and our opinions about it.

How did students react?
Liked it

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Newspaper article

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Homosexuality yes, Guido Westerwelle only if he’s in the news

Why or why not?
Students found this topic very interesting

Westerwelle Homosexualitaet

DE S11 INT TV Series

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: Intermediate Conversation
Date: 17th Feb 2011

Class theme/topics discussed:
TV series “Tuerkisch fuer Anfaenger”

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Popular German TV series which reflects the stereotypes of Turkish people living in Germany

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Showing the series, discussing the stereotypes we saw in it.

How did students react?
Liked the series.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
DVD

Please attach a copy.
FLRC

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes

Why or why not?
It reflects German culture and immigration in Germany

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