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erstellt: 04.10.2007 18:52:31
today I had the idea to open this panel for people who would like to communicate in English not only in chatrooms, but also under conditions like this one, where one has enough time to think over what one wants to say, where one has the possibility to correct oneself and, last but not least, where one can keep re-reading the texts written.
We can decide on topics of discussion as we like. Whenever one has a good idea for the next topic, he or she is welcome to start it.
As for now the topic that my interest is focussed on the most is bilingual teaching and I am keen on reading about experiences of other colleagues teaching any kind of subject bilingually.
What inspired me to start a series of bilingual lessons in music was the fact that I am teaching all tenth forms this term and that there are a couple of students from abroad whose German is not so good yet and who I want to enable to participate in my lessons a bit more than they could as long as I was teaching in German.
When I announced my plan to the three classes, their reactions ranged from surprise to puzzlement, but none of the students said that this was a bad idea. I told them that English was no longer the subject of teaching but just a medium, that I would not correct them while talking unless I would not understand them. From the first lesson of this series on their participating in the lessons was more widespread and more intensive. I saw students participate that hardly had said a word before - and vice versa.
What might strike you is that the topic we are working on is not at all English: it is the opera "Carmen" by Georges Bizet, sung in French. So, when watching the film with Placebo (*gg*)Domingo and Julia Miguenes, listening to their singing in French, reading the German subtitles and talking about it in English, we feel rather polyglott.
At the end of this "Carmen"-series the students will have to write a test about it in English as well.
So much for now. I am looking forward to other contributions.
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