Aufgrund der Initiative unserer Fremdsprachenassistentin Jillian Ellis hat sich die Klasse 7c im Rahmen des Englischunterrichts bei Frau Klein für ein Austauschprojekt der Organisation "UKGC" beworben und eine Teilnahme bewilligt bekommen.

Bei diesem Projekt treten SchülerInnen deutscher und englischer Klassen miteinander in Kontakt und die FremdsprachenassistentInnen der Schulen koordinieren diesen Austausch (in unserem Fall auf Basis einer Agenda, welche sie im Dezember in London gemeinsam erarbeiteten). Im Fokus des Projekts stehen das interkulturelle Lernen sowie eine Erhöhung der Motivation für das Erlernen der Fremdsprache durch den konkreten interkulturellen Anwendungsbezug.

Das Projekt lief sehr erfolgreich an und scheint den SchülerInnen große Freude zu bereiten. Auf dem Foto halten sie die Weihnachtsbriefe der englischen Klasse hoch, welche möglicherweise der Ausgangspunkt für die ein oder andere Brief- bzw. Email-Freundschaft sein werden.

Frau Rouigui, welche die Lerngruppe mit dem neuen Halbjahr übernimmt, wird das Projekt weiterführen. Anbei finden Sie einen ausführlichen (englischen) Bericht des Projekts von unserer Fremdsprachenassistentin. Für weitere Informationen können Sie zudem die Website der Organisation besuchen: http://www.ukgermanconnection.org/

Lena Klein

 

 

Class 7c from Elisabeth-von-Thüringen-Gymnasium has recently become involved in a project with Lord William’s School in Thame, England through the UK-German Connection program. This program facilitates schools in the UK and Germany doing projects together through language assistants.

Our project revolves around the theme of identity and specifically the question, “are we really that different?” The aim is ultimately to develop cultural awareness, and in the meantime hopefully motivate the students to engage with and feel more confident using English. So far, 7c have written Christmas letters to students in Lord William’s School in Thame, and received cards back. They seem to have really enjoyed writing their letters, many of them having put an impressive amount of effort into them with lovely drawings and by going far beyond the questions they were given as guidance. When they received the cards in return, it was wonderful to hear them discussing the mistakes made in the German part of the letters they got! Mistakes are an inherent part of language-learning, and of course students from both schools made some, but meaning can still be communicated despite them. From this they learned that it is okay and normal to have some errors, which hopefully will give them a bit more confidence in their use of English in the future. They had lots of questions about the meaning of things mentioned in the letters, such as ‘pigs in blankets’ and ‘Christmas crackers’. We had a discussion about all of these, and about the similarities and differences they can see between themselves and the students from Thame. Overall the class seems to enjoy the project a lot and some are interested in writing back more to the students from Lord William’s School. 

The future of the project will involve a filmmaking aspect in which the students will have creative license to create something that represents themselves and their school, and at the end a Q&A between our students in 7c and the students in Lord William’s School. I look forward to seeing the fruits of the project.