German Level 4, Activity #02: Schule and Studium / School and Studies (Face to Face)

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Description: Learning about and discussing U.S. school systems and German school systems.

Semantic Topics: Schule, Studium, Cool Sein, School, Noten, Grades, Grammar, Grammatik.

Products: Video of education in Germany. Bildungsvideo in Deutschland.

Practices: Education in the U.S.  and Education in Germany. Bildung in den USA  und Bildung in Deutschland.

Perspectives: Value attached to education in the United States and German speaking countries.  Wert auf Bildung in den USA und im deutschsprachigen Raum.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard: 3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through German.
  • Standard: 2.2 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the cultures studied.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • Objective: CLTR 2.2  Describe the connections of products from the target culture with the practices and perspectives of the culture.
  • Objective: COMP 2.1 Identify, describe and compare/contrast products and their use in the target culture with the learners culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can express my opinions on the school system, university,  and professors.
  • I can reason through scenarios regarding school and university.
  • I can compare the similarities and differences between German and American schools.

Materials Needed:

Warm-Up

Ask the students the following discussion questions:

Diskussionsfragen:

What do you think of Homeschooling?

     Was hält ihr von Homeschooling?

What are acceptable reasons for you to skip school?

     Was sind für euch akzeptabel Gründe Schule zu schwänzen?

Do you want to study abroad?  Where?

     Möchtet ihr ins Ausland studieren? Wo?

Would you describe our school system in the U.S. positively or rather negatively?  Why?

     Würdet ihr unser Schulsystem in den USA positiv oder eher negativ beschreiben? Warum?

What do you find most difficult about university life?

     Was findet ihr am schwierigsten bei dem Uni Leben?

What makes a good professor?

     Was macht eine/r gute Professor/in aus?

If you had children, would you send them to private or mainstream schools?

     Wenn ihr Kinder hättet, würdet ihr ihre Kinder auf eine Privatschule oder Regelschule schicken?

Are you still friends with a friend from your school days?  Why?  Why not?

     Seid ihr noch befreundet mit einem Freund aus eurer Schulzeit? Warum? Warum nicht?

In your school days did you buy things that were “in”/trends?  (Uggs?  Sillybandz?  Pokemon Cards? Etc.)_

     In euer Schulzeit habt ihr Sachen gekauft, die “in”/Trends  waren?  (Uggs? Sillybandz? Pokemon Cards? etc.)

Main Activity

  1.  Watch segment of Deutschlandlabor-Folge 1 Schule  (0:26-1:35)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3uatU-UH60  The purpose isn’t necessarily to understand all of the facts that are given, but rather focus on what they are seeing-how does it compare?

    Wrap-Up

    1. What do the German schools look like? Wie sehen die Deutsche Schulen aus?
    2.  What looks similar? Was sieht ähnlich?
    3. What looks different? Was sieht anders?

    End of Lab

  • Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence.
    (Use thumbs up/thumbs down)
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can express my opinions on the school system, university,  and professors.
  • I can reason through scenarios regarding school and university.
  • I can compare the similarities and differences between German and American schools.

Cultural Notes:  Meet the Germans discuss the University System in Germany.  This is mostly  in English with German subtitles.

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