Author:
Shawn Moak, Mimi Fahnstrom, Amber Hoye
Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Middle School, High School, Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
Tags:
  • Compare and Contrast Grammar
  • Cool Sein
  • German
  • Grades
  • Noten
  • School
  • Schule and Studium
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English, German

    German Level 4, Activity 02: Schule und Universität / School and University (Online)

    German Level 4, Activity 02: Schule und Universität / School and University (Online)

    Overview

    Students will discuss their opinions on experiences with different school systems, as well as discuss what they would do if they decided to have children.

    Activity Information

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    School and University / Schule und Universität

    Description

    Students will discuss their opinions on experiences with different school systems, as well as discuss what they would do if they decided to have children.

    Semantic Topics 

    Schule and Studium, Cool Sein, School, Noten, Grades, Compare and Contrast Grammar, Grammatik Vergleichen und Gegenüberstellen,

    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 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
    • Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written language on a variety of topics
    • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
    • Standard 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.

    Idaho State Content Standards 

    • Objective: COMM 1.1- Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
    • Objective: COMP 1.1- Observe formal and informal forms of language.
    • Objective: COMM 2.1- Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

    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 express my own experiences with the school system.

    Materials Needed

    Warm-Up

    1. Discuss the Can-Do Statements with the Students.

    2. Have students answer the following questions:

    • Was sind euer Lieblingsfächer? Warum? (What is your favorite subject? Why?)
    • Welches Fach mögt ihr am wenigsten? Warum? (What subject do you like the least? Why?)

    Main Activity

    1. Students will watch a segment from Deutschland labor-Folge 1 Schule  (0:26-1:35)

    2. Discussion Question Ideas:

    • Was sind für euch akzeptable Gründe die Schule zu schwänzen?  (What are acceptable reasons to skip school?)
    • Was macht eine(n) gute(n) Professor(in) aus? (Was für Eigenschaften?) Habt ihr schon einmal eine schlechte Erfahrungen mit eine(n) Professor(in)? (What makes a good professor? (Which characteristics) Have you ever had a bad experience with a professor?)
    • Hattet ihr positive oder negative Erfahrungen in dem amerikanischen Schulsystem? Warum? (Have you had more positive or negative experiences in the American school system? Why?)
    • Seid ihr noch befreundet mit einem Freund aus eurer Schulzeit? Wie seid ihr in Kontakt geblieben oder warum seid ihr nicht mehr befreundet? (Are you still friends with a friend from your school days? How did you stay in contact or why are you no longer friends?)
    • Was findet ihr am schwierigsten bei dem Uni Leben? (What is the hardest part about University life?)
    • Möchtet ihr ins Ausland studieren? Wo? (Do you want to study outside the country? Where?)

    Wrap-Up

    Ask students the following question(s) to finish the activity:

    • Hat jemand von euch eine Privatschule besucht? Wie denkt ihr über Privatschulen? (Have any of you attended a private school? What do you think of private schools?)
    • Wenn ihr Kinder hätte, würdet ihr ihre Kinder auf eine Privatschule oder eine staatliche Schule schicken? (If you had children, would you send your children to a private or pubic school?)

    Cultural Resources

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

    End of Activity

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

    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 express my own experiences with the school system.