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DE F22 INT Stereotypes

TopicStereotypes
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.

JP F22 INT/ADV: 言語学習する上でのあるある〜!Momentについて語ろう!Why do you study Japanese?!的な

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Cozy Enrique NAKADA (Koji NAKADA)

Day and Date: 3rd week (13th and 15th September 2022) 

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):  Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: Why do you study Japanese?

Goal of the class:

              To be able to talk about language learning related topics.

How did you structure the class?

13th and 15th  September 2022

16:15            

              16:15            

              Gathered at intl’ theater, small talk among students to wait

for HVM students (Playing some J-POP music)

16:20      Introduction to the topic

Q1. なんで◯◯語を勉強しているの?どうして◯◯語を勉強しているんですか。 

Q2. ◯◯語を勉強してる時、どんなことが難しい?

◯◯語を勉強している時、どのような点が難しいと思いますか。

Q3. 逆に、どんな時に「勉強してて良かった〜!」って感じる?

では、どういったタイミングで「勉強して良かった」

Q4. 勉強する時にいつもすることって何かある?例えば、コーヒーを飲む、とか。

  勉強する際、ルーティーンのようなものはありますか。例えば、コーヒーを飲む、など。

Q5. 将来、◯◯語を使ってどんなことしたい?

       将来的に◯◯語を使う予定はありますか。ある場合は、どういったことをしたいとお考えですか。

Q6. 日本語以外に別の言語を勉強するなら何を選ぶ?その理由は?

Q1. Why do you study Japanese?

Q2. What is the most difficult thing while learning Japanese?

Q3. In contrast, when do you feel “I am glad to know the language~!!”

Q4. Do you have certain routines while learning Japanese? Such as listening to J-Pop, drinking green tea, etc?

Q5. Do you have a plan to use Japanese for your job / hobby in the future?                    

Q6. What language would you like to learn other than Japanese and why?

              Changing partners, interacting,,,

17:15

              End

What technology, media or props did you use?  

Handout

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

Students really enjoyed this topic, so they required to repeat it since they could not finish to answer at the first class. And, when it came to the Q5, everyone was passionate talking about it.

↓Advancedで使った資料。実際の僕の回答を、大阪のことばで書くことによって、実際にネイティブスピーカーがどのような回答をするのか例を提示した。

<回答例>

Q1. なんで◯◯語を勉強しているの?どうして◯◯語を勉強しているんですか。 

せやねー、もともと両親が日本語じゃない言葉話してたのを子どもの頃から見てきたから、言語とか文化にすっごく興味あってん。ほんで、大学生の頃言語学とかにも興味出てきたから、色々勉強してみた、みたいな。

そうですねー、幼い頃から両親が日本語ではない言葉を話していたのを見ていたため、言語や文化にとても興味があったんですね。それで大学で言語学にも興味が湧いて、色々な言語に触れてみたという感じです。

興味がある→

興味が湧く(わく)→

◯◯に触れる(ふれる)→

せやね →そうだね

Q2. ◯◯語を勉強してる時、どんなことが難しい?

◯◯語を勉強している時、どのような点が難しいと思いますか。

スペイン語やってた時はー、やっぱ何言うても動詞の活用がホンマに難しかってんなー。発音はたいしたことなかってんけど、ただ最初はものっそい速くて、何言うてるかわからへんかったけど。

 スペイン語を勉強していた時は、やはり動詞の活用がとても難しかったですね。発音自体はそこまででしたが、始めの頃は速すぎて相手が何を言っているのか、わかりませんでした(笑)

動詞の活用(どうしのかつよう)→

ものっそい →ものすごい →物凄く

Q3. 逆に、どんな時に「勉強してて良かった〜!」って感じる?

では、どういったタイミングで「勉強して良かった」

と感じますか。

 やっぱ僕の場合、少しでも言えるフレーズとかあって、言ってみると相手が喜んでくれたりとか、そういう会話のきっかけというか。それが嬉しいかな。あとは、誰か好きになった人がいてて、その人のことをもっと知りたいな思って勉強したっていうのはあるかな。なんやろ、スペ語とか。やっぱそれは動機付けとして強いよね、モチベーションの維持的な。

 そうですね、例えばですが、少しでも話せるフレーズがある場合にそれを使ってみて、相手の反応を見るのが好きですね。良い会話のきっかけになりますよね。他のタイミングと言えば、誰かのことを好きになって、その人のことを深く知りたいと感じて勉強したというのはありますね。特にスペイン語はそうです。それは語学の動機付けとして強いですよね。モチベーションの維持に繋がるというか。

例えば(たとえば)→

〜〜な場合(ばあい)→

相手(あいて)→

反応(はんのう)→

きっかけ→

深く(ふかく)→

動機付け(どうきづけ)→

維持(いじ)→

繋がる(つながる)→

Q4. 勉強する時にいつもすることって何かある?例えば、コーヒーを飲む、とか。

  勉強する際、ルーティーンのようなものはありますか。例えば、コーヒーを飲む、など。

うーん・・・あれかな、勉強法はシャドイングばっかやってんねんけど、歩きながらやることが多いかな。あんまり部屋の中でちまちまするんは好きちゃうから。

  そうですね、勉強法としてはシャドイングを歩きながらしますかね。あまり部屋の中で机にむかってというのが好きじゃないので。

〜する際(さい)=〜する時

部屋(へや)→

ちまちまやる →

Q5. 将来、◯◯語を使ってどんなことしたい?

      将来的に◯◯語を使う予定はありますか。ある場合は、どういったことをしたいとお考えですか。

 せやなー、いまアラビア語勉強してんねんけど(笑)、そもそもアラブの人たちがどんなこと考えてんのか知りたい思って始めたから、色々対話してみたいなー思てるよ。

 そうですね、いまアラビア語を勉強していて(笑)、アラブの人々がどのようなことを考えているのか知りたいと思って始めたので、色々と対話してみたいと考えています。

Q6. 日本語以外に別の言語を勉強するなら何を選ぶ?その理由は?

 うーん、スラブ語系は一切やったことないから、興味はあるかな。チェコ語とかw キリル文字覚えんでええからw あとはタイ語もっかいやり直したいかも。適当に勉強してたから、もすこしちゃんと話せるようになりたいなー思てるよ。タイ語話す友達結構いてるから。

 そうですね、スラブ語族にはまだ手を出したことが無いので、興味はあります。チェコ語なんかは新たにキリル文字を覚えなくて良いので、穴場かなと思っています。あとは、タイ語をもう一度やり直したいと思っています。これまであまりしっかり勉強して来なかったので、もう少し話せるようになりたいですね。タイ語話者の友人がいるので。 

もっかい→

やり直す→

語族(ごぞく)→

穴場(あなば)→

話者(わしゃ)→ 

キリル文字→

CN F22 INT 相亲 Speed Dating

Language Resident/Assistant Name: Feiya Suo

Day and Date: 2021.08.31

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Intermediate

Class theme/topics discussed: Speed Dating

Goal of the class:

dating/relationships/vocabularies to describe a person  and have a date in the target language.

How did you structure the class?

Warm-up

  1. Take attendance and greet the students (5 min)
  2. What adjectives do you use to describe a person? Write them on whiteboard. (10 min)

Activities

Activity 1: Are these green or red flags? (15 min)

The following sentences will be presented on screen and students need to judge whether they are red flags or not and tell the class why.

他/她不喜欢高中音乐剧。

他/她不把你的感受当回事,说你是疯子。

两个人有一样的目标和生活方式。

他/她批评自己的前任(ex)。

他/她偷看你的手机。

他/她的爸爸妈妈拥有一家公司。

他/她对自己的家人不好。

他/她的所作所为(what they do & what they say)和他/她说的一致。

他/她认为你的工作并不重要。

他/她不知道Canada在哪里。

他/她很真诚,并且你们彼此(each other)信任(trust)。

他/她尊重你的个人空间。

你听他/她的,但她/他不听你的。

他/她已婚(married)。

他/她非常非常有钱。

Activity 2: Create your Hinge Homepage. (10 min)

Activity 3: Speed date. (20 min)

Draw lots: 1 red flag & 1 green flag.

Requirement: act as if you have the personalities during the speed date.

5’ each round (2’30’’ ask; 2’30 answer). 7 students+ me 4 rounds in total.

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

PowerPoint slides

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

The class went really well & students were really passionate about the topic. We had so much fun during this session and I could feel everyone enjoyed the class. We were running out of time a bit at the end since students were really into their characters, but we managed to finish the class at 17:20.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

A bit shorter on creating Hinge profile.

 If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that).  Please attach any handouts as well.

See attachment

【Handout】2.1 Hinge 主页

【Handout】2.2 优点缺点

JP F22 INT/ADV: Let’s rent a house in Japan!! 日本で家を借りよう〜!

Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Cozy Enrique NAKADA (Koji NAKADA)

Day and Date: 4th week (20th and 22nd September 2022) 

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class):  Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed:

Goal of the class:

              To learn expressions of comparison, recommendation, through activities of renting a house in Japan.

How did you structure the class?

20th September 2022

16:15            

              Showing the topic, reviewing the basic expression of comparison

              Showing the topic, reviewing the basic expression of recommend

              Reviewing useful vocabulary related to the topic

16:25

              Example question: Comparing two rooms

              Students should read the details of the room

              Students should ask landlord (Me) the lacking information

              Discuss with partner which room to rent

              Discuss with everyone, stating pros / cons

16:40

              Start using the website “Suumo” in Japanese

https://suumo.jp/

              Students should follow the direction of slide 5, find best room

17:00

              Presentation of the best room as the role of owner of the house

              Audience should ask many questions

              Landlord should give merits

17:15

              End

What technology, media or props did you use?  

Handout, ppt

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

Student liked to be both landlord and customer. They make up stories and everyone was laughing. It was one of the best class.

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.

ES S22 ADV LGBTQ+ Issues II

Language Resident: Franco Rivas Quiroz

Level: Advanced

Class theme/topic discussed: LGBTIQ+ Issues  II

Goal of the class:

Students will be able to:

  • Discuss issues that affected the LGBTIQ+ both today and in the past.
  • Compare struggles among the communities in the US, Chile or their own countries.
  • Make hypothetical assumptions using the conditional form “ría” (i.e debería, podría, etc.)  and negative ones using the subjunctive (i.e no creo que sea, es poco probable que intente, etc.) 

Class structure:

Warm up:

Students see an image of a piece of news of a recent piece of news in Chile that equal marriage is now officially legal since March 1st.  Since there are students that took the class the previous semester, they compare the situation about that bill that they learned about the previous semester.  They answer the questions “what do you think about this piece of news? what are the struggles that the LGBTIQ+ faces in your countries/states?”.

Activity:

Students see the extract of a videio in which discrimination situation occured in the middle of an interview. https://youtu.be/qh7WNAG117w

In small groups they discuss the questions: ¨Do you know about any similar situation in the US or in your own country? What do you think about it?¨

Students see headlines of Chilean old news about different situations that involved the LGBT community. They discuss the way language was used and the normalization of instults to reffer to someone gay. They are encouraged to use the conditional form for affirmative assumptions (i.e “podría estar intentando mostrar…”) and the subjunctive for negative statements (i.e “no creo que esté diciendo…”). 

Lenguaje Inclusivo: The facilitator briefly explains the general rules to use inclusive Spanish in order to refer to a neutral gender or groups. In small groups, they create a story – each person ads a sentence to continue the story– using inclusive Spanish.

Wrap up:

As a group they exchange ideas on what would be some good ideas to make visible the realities and issues that the LGBTQ community faces today and how to support those who are struggling.

Resources used: Projector, Powerpoint.

Reflection: What worked/did not work? How can it be improved?

 Students were very engaged with this topic. Students had a lot of questions about the situation in Chile and it was interesting for students who took the class last semester to see the progress that has been made over the last year. They practiced using inclusive Spanish and it was a bit challenging but they were able to do it. There was a lot of vocabulary that they asked to know, and we spent some time talking about words or expressions –and some words to avoid that might be offensive– related to the topic. In general people seemed engaged.

Appendix: Newspapers’ headlines 

22 de abril de 1973, la primera protesta en Chile de disidencias sexuales  por sus derechos | Artes y Cultura | BioBioChile
LasPortadasDeTuVida📰 Twitterissä: "1984 Agosto 23 - "Murió paciente del  cáncer gay chileno" Así se retrataba entonces el SIDA en Chile. ¿Qué te  parece? https://t.co/33Vze41LzX" / Twitter

FR S22 INT/ADV РVotre Week-End id̩al

This class was done online and could also be done in person.

Warm –up (10 minutes) –group discussion = (main zoom chat : send the link of the Google Doc with vocabulary on the routine as well as the following questions students have to discuss in breakout rooms)

•Quel est selon-vous le WE idéal? Qu’est-ce que vous aimez faire en général le WE? – What do you think is the ideal WE? What do you usually like to do on weekends?

Activity 1: Video ‘French people describe their WE’ (20 minutes –8 minutes for the video, 10 minutes for the group discussion) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unmu4yKfBg0

• Instructions: jot down what you understand from the video –écrivez sur une feuille de papier / sur votre ordinateur -ce que vous comprenez dans cette vidéo: Quelles sont les activités que les personnes interviewées aiment faire le week –end ? – What are some activities that the persons interviewed like doing on Weekends? Qu’est-ce qu’ils aiment faire avec leurs amis ? – What do they like doing with their friends?

Then we discuss it as a class and the students share what they understood and think about it –10 to 15 minutes –

Vocabulary input: What do these words mean? (Habituellement, Je bosse, aller en boîte, le confinement, se balader, faire un tour à…, profiter, la province); If there is some time left I propose a game they would play in Breakout rooms– ‘Qui est-ce?’ OR ‘Tu préfères’:

Tu préfères…Voyagez dans le monde entier sans pouvoir revenir à ton pays d’origine ou jamais sortir de ton pays ? Arriver toujours 1 heure avant à tes rendez-vous ou toujours arriver 1 heure en retard ? Passer toute ta vie à manger de la junkfood ou ne plus jamais manger tes plats préférés ? Vivre dans la maison de tes rêves dans un quartier chaud ou vivre dans une maison moche dans le quartier de tes rêves ? Être pauvre aux côtés de l’amour de votre vie ou être multimillionnaire sans jamais connaître l’amour ?

Resources:Vocabulary sheet (google doc provided)with expressions and words to be able to talk about one’s routine, Zoom Screenshare, Youtube, Powerpoint

RU S22 ADV: Limericks (Chastushki)

Language Resident Name: Aleksandra Bystrova

Date: 02/08/2022

Class theme/topics discussed: Russian Limericks (Chastushki)

Goal of the class:

  • Learn about Russian folklore – limericks
  • Develop translation skills

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm up (10 mins): Discussion
    1) What is the definition of “chastuska”?
    2) Why do you think people compose them?
    3) Which topics do they raise?
    4) Do you have something similar in your culture/country?

I ask students to discuss those questions. Even if they don’t know what is chastuska, they can be creative and just guess. Students present their thoughts and results of a discussion by writing the main ideas on the board. Then, I show them a slide with an official definition and main elements of “chastushka”.

2. Activity 1. Read “chastuski” and translate (10 mins).
I give my students a handout with several limericks to read them and analyze. While they translating them, I add some cultural background for them to better understand the lyrics. We read it together and I also show the rhythm.

3. Activity 2. Watch a piece of the cartoon and translate the limerick (25 mins).
I show my students a piece of a cartoon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv5lIQPRCPY (11:03-12:50). In the video, folklore characters sing a limerick. Before watching I give my students handouts with lyrics. After watching I put them in two groups and ask to come up with an English translation of the limerick. While translating they realize, how unexpected the lyrics are.

4. Activity 3. Chastuskki in Modern Russia (10 mins).
We watch youtube videos of limericks in modern Russian culture.
TV-show “Voice” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjJtiSKPTz4
Political Satire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgYrPV_d3tg

What do you think of limericks now? Do you like them?

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

Students loved the topic. During the warm-up students found a lot of facts about limericks and managed to create the right understanding of their implementation. Their research made it easier to work later. Even though listeners of chastuska have to possess the certain cultural background to understand the content, students were open-minded and tried hard to understand them. While working in groups, students managed to come up with correct translations of Baba Yaga’s chastuska and were surprised, when we summarized the meaning of it.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

The activities did not take as long as I expected. Students managed to finish the activity very fast. We had 15 minutes left, so I had to improvise and show them videos of modern performances of chastuska. If I could modify this class, I would provide students with lyrics of those songs as well. If the students are comfortable with composing rhymes, the instructor could ask them to come up with their own limericks.

DE S22 INT/ADV: Subjunctive & Artistic Freedom (Part 1) [Zoom-class]

Language Resident/Assistant Name:
Nicolai Diener

Class theme/topics discussed:
Konjunktiv & Kunstfreiheit (Teil 1) [Zoom-class]

Goal of the class:
Learn about “Konjunktiv II” (When and how to use it)
Discuss “Kunstfreiheit” (artistic freedom)
Put pictures in relation to “Kunstfreiheit” and discuss their historical context
Compare artistic freedom in Germany and the US
Discuss the content of a music video based on isolated pictures

How did you structure the class?

4.15 – 4.20:        Welcome (Welcoming students to class, talking about how they feel and getting all the technology starting)

4.20 – 4.33:        “Was würdest du machen, wenn…” (Practicing the Konjunktiv II with the “würde”-form, e.g. “What you would do if you were to win a million dollars?” “I would buy an island if…”. Students join breakout rooms and ask each other one of the two questions in groups of 2-3 people. Three rounds with 2 questions each + always different groups)

4.33 – 4.37:        Review Konjunktiv II (short review of when to use and how to use the Konjunktiv II with its two forms. One of them the “würde”-Form, which we practiced in the task before)

4.37 – 4.45:        “Kunstfreiheit” + pictures (The term “Kunstfreiheit“ (artistic freedom) is introduced and students are then asked to look at 4 pictures, describe them, tell the group what is depicted in the pictures (and the context) and then put that in relation to “Kunstfreiheit”. If the students do not know about some of the pictures, the teacher can help them and explain their context. After that we take a quick look at how artistic freedom is embedded in the basic law for Germany)

4.45 – 4.55:        “Kunstfreiheit” experiences (students join breakout rooms first, and then come back to share with the group. They are asked to share their experiences with artistic freedom. Either because something that they themselves were involved, or something they have heard of and that has a relation to artistic freedom

4.55 – 5.00:        “Danger Dan” impression (“Danger Dan” is the name of the musician we are going to hear a song from. The students are asked to share their impressions when hearing the name)

5.00 – 5.05:        Pictures from the song (students see 4 pictures from the music video to the song “Das ist alles von der Kunstfreiheit gedeckt”. They are rather provocative and can be interpreted in different ways and the students are supposed to share their impressions of those pictures, and also what they think the video could be about and what it is supposed to express. Students discuss that in breakout rooms)

5.05 – 5.10:        Watch music video

5.10 – 5.15:        Music video impressions (students share their impressions from the music video and compare it with what they had shared before, when they just saw 4 isolated pictures from the music video)

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

Power Point Presentation
Zoom (+ Breakout rooms)
Pictures & videos (see Power Point Presentation)

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

The introduction worked really well because the students seemed to be really engaged with the questions, as they had a lot of fun thinking about those scenarios and “what they could do, if…”. Also, it was a really good introduction and transition to explaining the Konjunktiv II, which is used a lot by Danger Dan in his song and therefore offers a great grammatical foundation for working with the song later on.

When we looked at the pictures, the students were able to identify most of them and put them in connection to artistic freedom. I chose the pictures because two of them are important pieces in the history of Germany, the Charlie Hebdo-picture is important in the context of contemporary European affairs, and the last one was a fun, little story that is connected to artistic freedom. We took a look at the basic law, and the exchange of their “Kunstfreiheit” experiences was really interesting. Same can be said for talking about the name “Danger Dan” and the pictures from the music video. Finally, we watched the music video and the students shared their impressions. Generally, it was a good mix of learning about current affairs in Germany, pop-culture and Konjunktiv II on the one hand, and sharing their impressions, thoughts and experiences on the other hand.

DE S22 INT/ADV: Subjunctive & Artistic Freedom (Part 2) [Zoom-class]

Language Resident/Assistant Name:
Nicolai Diener

Class theme/topics discussed:
Konjunktiv & Kunstfreiheit (Teil 2) [Zoom-class]

Goal of the class:
Analyze the lyrics of a song (describe in own words/research context/interpret what artist wants to express)
Compare different parts of a song with each other
Discuss differences and possible interpretations
Discuss whether the song “Das ist alles von der Kunstfreiheit gedeckt“ is an example for Kunstfreiheit or Beleidigung (insult)
Discuss whether Böhmermanns „Schmähgedicht“ is an example for Kunstfreiheit or Beleidigung

How did you structure the class?

4.15 – 4.23:        Recap (Recap last class and thereby make a transition to this class’ topic)

4.23 – 4.35:        Group work (students have to get together in 3 groups and analyze the lyrics of one verse based on 3 questions that ask them to describe the lyrics in their own words, research the context of the song and interpret what the artist wants to say and how he writes his song in order to achieve that message. Each group meets in one breakout room, while they have access to the questions and a vocabulary list on our GoogleDoc)

4.35 – 4.55:        Presentation group work (Each group presents their findings according to the 3 questions that were given to them – there is a particular emphasis on finding the Konjunktiv-forms, as they are an important instrument for Danger Dan in his song and also connect to the last class and the grammatical topic)

4.55 – 5.00:        Bridge (We look at the bridge of the song and try to analyze in which ways it is different from the rest of the song and why that is the case)

5.00 – 5.07:        Positionsline + discussion (students have to locate themselves along a position line ranging from Kunstfreiheit to Beleidigung. Based on that they have to discuss their own position)

5.07 – 5.13:        Böhmermann-Affäre introduction + video (Most students probably see the song as an obvious example for Kunstfreiheit, thus I present them a case that could be more critical to evaluate. The so-called “Böhmermann-Affäre” is introduced in a few minutes, and then we watch the video of it)

5.13 – 5.20:        Positionsline + discussion (students are again asked to locate themselves along the same position line and then discuss what led them to their judgements)

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

Power Point Presentation
Google Doc (Questions + vocabulary list)
Zoom (+ Breakout rooms & annotate functions)
Pictures & videos (see Power Point Presentation)
(Jan Boehmermann Erdogan poem) https://vimeo.com/163537121

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

This class worked really well! It was a good conclusion to this 2-class-topic, which connected a song as a cultural element, with an important contemporary topic and a grammatical input. The class had different elements (discussions, group work, interpretations, media consumption etc.), a coherent structure and a few take-home messages.

The addition of a vocabulary list to the group work was very important and ensured efficiency, which allowed for a greater focus on the presentations and the discussions later. In those discussions, the students were really engaged and seemed interested in both the topic as well as the others’ opinions.  The position line worked really well and also as I expected (everybody saying it is Kunstfreiheit), which allowed me to introduce the “Böhmermann-Affäre” as a less clear-cut example for that topic. It is worth mentioning that the class ended about 5 minutes later – which is acceptable considering the complexity of the topic and the importance of the last discussion.

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