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Author: Marco Sievers

DE 23 Study Break Event – Eastern Brunch

What worked well in this Event? What did not work (and how could it be improved)?

Very many students and professors came to this event, which made me very happy. Since I held this event on a weekend, accordingly many people had time to come, which I can also recommend. The only problem was that the purchased food and snacks were eaten relatively quickly. Some students unfortunately could not try German food, which is a pity. For the next event, which is held on a weekend, I would definitely buy enough food. In general, the interest in a brunch event was very high and especially the white sausages were very popular and therefore eaten very quickly. What I should have next time also on the screen that you need a lot of chairs and seating. Which one should organize in advance. In general, however, it was a very sound event, which was received with a lot of joy. Especially the fact that professors came to this event made me very happy.

DE 23 Welcome Back Event – Study Break

What worked well in this Event? What did not work (and how could it be improved)?

This event went a little differently than I had planned. It was the first week of the new semester and some students had to arrive and get settled. Therefore, unfortunately, only one person was present. It would have been helpful to hold this event in the second week to have more time to advertise the event. Since I had also prepared snack in this event.

DE 23 ADV/INT S23 Image Description – in different ways, How to be accurate

TopicImage description
Goals of the ClassHow do I describe images in a very accurate way. What sentences do I use PronounsEffects of pictures
Warm UpSmall Talk about the first weekend back at the College. Expectations for the semester
Activity 1One person had a picture and the other person had to paint the picture. By describing the person with the picture. Then change partners with a new picture.
Activity 2How do I describe a picture. Input from my side: – What are the characteristics- background, foreground, on the right/left side, …- Pronouns (on, under, beside,) Each person got a picture and had to describe it with the given input.
Activity 3Everyone was allowed to choose a painting or a picture from the Internet:- Tell something about the artist and the painting- Describe the painting – Why do I like the painting / what effect does it have on me?- does it tell a story?
What worked well in this class? What did not work (and how could it be improved)? the students had a lot of fun and were able to quickly implement and use the phrases they had learned. The initial activity went very well, and the students’ drawings were very good. Next time I would probably choose simple pictures that are easier to draw.

DE 23 INT S23 German Politics/Parties

Goals of the Classget to know the German political parties and their programs. form your own opinion about important issues in a country. what is important for me or for society.
Warm UpWhere is which city in Germany? the students had to take a quiz on different cities on the Germany map positions.
Activity 1I showed the students the colors of the six major parties. What do you associate with which color? What do colors stand for? What do they stand for in a political sense?
Activity 2Input about the programs of the German parties from My Side. Results of the last elections were shown. – Which points are of great importance to you? – If I were head of a party, what things would you focus on? – What colors and what name would your party wear?
Activity 3Voting at 16? sensible or not? Discuss advantages and disadvantages
What worked well in this class? What did not work (and how could it be improved)? The lesson was very well received by the students and was also requested as a proposal in the first lesson. the two participants were able to represent their opinions very well and participated very strongly. The students were also very interested in the input about the German electoral and party system.  

DE INT/ADV S23 Universities in Germany and the whole World / Which University would fit for You?

TopicUniversities in Germany and the whole world 
Goals of the ClassCriteria that speak for and against a uni. What is important for me. How do I know which university suits me?
Warm Upstate land river game
Activity 1If you could choose any university, which one would you attend? Top 3 What would you study? / Would you change something?
Activity 2What characterizes your university? What do you find good? Imagine you are the head of your university. What would you change? 
Activity 3I told the students about the best German universities. Where they are located geographically and what sets them apart. We also talked about factors that make universities popular and important. But also, which cities they would fit into if they wanted to study in Germany in the future. By means of a quiz. Create a ranking with the most important things for you that a university should have. Ranking 1-10 (1= very important, 10= not so important)Do you already have an idea what you want to do after graduation?Abroad, travel, master, work…. Do you have a dream job?Why? What fascinates you about it?
What worked well in this class? What did not work (and how could it be improved)? The students have requested this topic and have shown great interest in talking about it. So little had to come from my side, because the motivation in this hour was very high. It was interesting to see which factors are important for the students at a university. I would change very little here. Time was a bit short at the end and we did not get through all the questions, as some questions were discussed for longer. You could shorten the hour depending on the class size.

DE 23 ADV Health, and Health systems compared. Being prepared for an emergency

TopicHealth, and Health systems compared. Be prepared for an emergency.Nutrition
Goals of the ClassBe prepared for an emergency. Know useful vocabulary related to health and use it. To know the differences of the health terms. Germany and USA.
Warm UpTell us about one of your hobbies. How did you get into this hobby? If you had more time, which hobby would you like to try?
Activity 1Brainstormingwhich parts of the body do you know?What diseases do you know?
what is the most common disease of mankind?
Followed by an Input of Important health vocabulary
Hello, I would like to make an appointment.
Pain: my stomach hurts/my knees hurt, headache,
Being: having a cold, being dizzy, being sick, being injured 
Me: being nauseous (nausea), 
Have: Have fever, cold, cough.Dermatologist, ophthalmologist, cardiologist, family doctor. Health card, x-ray, ultrasound, blood test, urine test, a prescription, a prescription, pharmacy, pills, syrup, the creamfasting, discharge, vacation/dischargeheart surgery/appendicitis…..Body parts – vocabulary 
Activity 2You are the doctor What would you do?
Number the following sentences in order (1-8) Ask about the problemExamine the patientWrite a prescription Say goodbye. Greet the patient Make a diagnosis Recommend something Write a sick note to the patientYou have been in a car accident Make a list of the first 5 things you would do after you are in an accident? 1-5
Activity 3Imagine you are in Germany and your friend gets sick.What would you do? 
Step 1,….Step 5You are alone in a foreign country, and you have a bad injury, how would you react? (Broken Arm) One person plays a doctor the other person plays a patient.
Activity 4Have your eating habits changed since you were a child?
What would an average diet in the U.S. look like? 
What diets have you heard of, what do they consist of?
How do you find the food in the dining hall? Healthy/unhealthy/sometimes healthy? Do you like the taste of it? Do you pay attention to what you eat?
What worked well in this class? What did not work (and how could it be improved)? It was very important to discuss this topic with the students, as it is part of the basic vocabulary and knowledge of the German language. It is important to know and be prepared in an emergency in a foreign country. The students took the topic with a lot of joy and motivation. The topic of nutrition was also very interesting and many different opinions were expressed. Role plays are always a good way to make the class more exciting. The vocabulary worked very well and was incorporated directly into the role plays. Also positive to mention is that many students had different opinions on nutrition and there was an interesting discussion at the end of the hour. It is always good to introduce vocabulary that fits the topic in the lesson. This gives the students a starting point for the conversation.

DE 22 ADV Superheroes and their Superpowers

TopicSuperheroes and their Superpower
Goals of the ClassTalk around a topic in which the schoolers have experience and are confident. To practice arguing with examples and communicating with confidence. Weighing positive and negative aspects and skills and then drawing conclusions.
Warm UpGerman Game: I showed the students a picture and they had to find terms related to the picture or the thing. You only have 5 seconds to think of a word. In the garden, in the supermarket, at school, in the roof,….
Activity 1What do you think of when you hear the word superhero? German superhero?American superhero? – Captain America (What are his superpowers?)Who is your favorite superhero?Batman, Superman, Spider Man, Captain America, Wolverine,…… Why is he your favorite superhero? What features does he have ?
Activity 2If you were a superhero, what skills would you like to have?Flying, Invisibility, Teleport, I can turn into any persom, Spider Man, Talking to animals, Reading minds, Controlling the weather, Controlling fire, Controlling water, Telekinesis, ….Choose three abilities.Why would you choose these three abilities
Activity 3Scenario: The world is under attack and you have to assemble a team of superheroes.Which 5 superheroes would you choose?Why these 5? Who is your favorite villain?What qualities do you like about him? Which ones don’t you like? Which villain, do you dislike? Why?
What worked well in this class? What did not work (and how could it be improved)? The students had a lot of fun with this topic and really spoke remarkably. I hardly had to follow up and discussions quickly ensued. It is sometimes advantageous to talk about topics in which the students have great interest and in which they are confident (and have experience). Through my questions I was able to lead the lesson very well and not lose the framework. This helps a lot, because often the students only talk about one topic and get stuck there. I would repeat this lesson depending on the group. Dennis there are also students who are not so sure in this topic and do not know. If you have a fitting class it is definitely recommended.

DE F22 ADV Food and Groceries – Wie bereite ich deutsches Essen zu?

TopicFood and Grocery + Vocabulary for Cooking and Baking
Goals of the ClassIdentify food in a recipe and know how to cook/bake it  
Warm UpWho enjoys cooking? Who does it regularly? Has it changed with the pandemic? What’s your favorite food?
Activity 1Quick food quiz about fruit & vegetables I showed them typical German fruits and vegetables (pictures) and they had to guess the name and translation. I showed just pictures and they had to guess the name of the fruit or the vegetable. What ingredients are used for this dish?
Activity 2Everyone was given 3 vocabulary words (verbs for cooking) and had to explain them without using the word. Think of a dish that consists of the ingredients mentioned and then present it to the others. Not all ingredients have to be included and other ingredients can be used.
Activity 3How to use the ingredients to cook? potatoes, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, carrots  Apple, peach, strawberry, kiwi, banana What are the ingredients of your favorite foodShow us a picture 
What worked well in this class? What did not work (and how could it be improved)?  Especially the explanation of the cooking vocabulary worked very well, and the students were able to memorize the vocabulary and use it later. Also, the presentation of the favorite dish with ingredients and cooking instructions was well received. The fruit and vegetable quiz were a bit too easy, here one could choose more difficult products.

DE F22 INT Stereotypes

Goals of the ClassKnow stereotypes and describe them with adjectives. Form opinions about them and be able to explain them
Warm UpCity land river game
Activity 1Video about German stereotypes with subtitles. The text of the video was printed, and the most important adjectives underlined. Input on the descriptive features – adjectives of the video. I – You – We (Think – Pair – Share) What can you see on the picture? Describe what the picture has to do with Germany?
Activity 2What is your experience with stereotypes? What do you think about them? True often/ True sometimes/ Not true at all?
Activity 3What stereotypes are there about the 5Cs 😀 Which ones about other countries?Do you know any stereotypes from TV? NerdsCheerleaders egos?Athletes? What are these stereotypes like? Find adjectives to describe these stereotypes Think of a stereotype Act out the stereotype
What worked well in this class? What did not work (and how could it be improved)?  The topic of stereotypes was very well received by the class. Since many students in this class come from different countries, it was very interesting conversations about possible stereotypes. The warmup game also went very well, in which the students had to find a city, a land, a river, a food and a brand for a certain letter. Stereotypes is an interesting topic for multicultural classes.

DE 22 F22 Castles in Germany – Middle age

TopicMiddle age + describe and argue in relation to castles and palaces
Goals of the ClassDescribing buildings and arguing on the basis of personal feelings
Warm UpHow did you spend the weekend? How was your first week of the semester?
Activity 1Input about Germany in the Middle Ages Presentation and description of Neuschwanstein Castle
Activity 2Castles and palaces visit in Oldenborg Describe your castle or palace My castle has many towers ……Is surrounded by forest……..Is built on a mountainIs situated on a lake Is very big/small Has many windows/no windows Search 4 facts about the castle or palace on the internet Present us your castle
Activity 3Why is your castle the most beautiful? My castle is most beautiful because…….What is unique about my castle is……..What I especially like about my castle……..Vocabulary: Architecture, towers, forest, fully preserved, large, walls, color, shelter, view, rocks, mountains, size….
What worked well in this class? What did not work (and how could it be improved)?  The presentation of the castles was a lot of fun for the students and the information about the castles was informative. The students showed great interest in the subject. The inclusion of my own examples was a good help for the students. You could have given a beginner course the infos about the castles – no research needed.

DE F22 ADV Job Interview in Germany

TopicJob Interview in Germany
Goals of the Classstudents should be able to conduct parts of an interview in German. Prepare for possible questions and answer them correctly. Know the procedure of a job interview in Germany.
Warm Uphave you ever had a job interview? How did you prepare? How did it go?
Activity 1We watched a video of a job interview and then discussed and wrote down the typical mistakes. After that we watched the following video, in which the mistakes were pointed out. We compared them with ours and discussed them.
Activity 2We discussed the 4 stages of a job interview: Greeting Main part Questions Goodbye I gave the students questions for each category, to which they had to come up with individual answers and then present these answers to each other.
Activity 3conduct an interview Role play 2 persons play the interviewer – 1 person the applicantPick a job offer and try to conduct a job interview  I brought the students 4 job ads with which they were to conduct a real job interview. After every Job interview, we gave each other feedback
What worked well in this class? What did not work (and how could it be improved)?  I would actually change very little about this class, as it worked out very well and the subject was also considered very important by the students. The only thing that could be done is to adapt the job ads to the students in order to make the interview more accessible and easier.

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