Following on from the superb article featuring John le Carré celebrating why we should learn German, and the fantastic buzz this gave to language teachers around the country, ALL wanted to join the celebration of all things German.
We have compiled a few highlights below on why you should learn German, where to start your journey as a German learner, how you can give your classroom a boost as a teacher of German, and how you might introduce German to learners in your school.
Journalist and broadcaster, Rosie Goldsmith, wrote a piece on the value of learning German for ALL’s flagship publication Languages Today and we thought there was no time like the present to bring this to you again.
ALL has reached into its rich source of articles featured in its German Language Zone, Deutsch: Lehren and Lernen to showcase a fresh look at Nicola McLelland’s insight on why we have been learning German in the UK, looking right back to 1600.
The German Teacher of the Year Award winners for 2017 certainly affirm why learning and teaching languages today is as current and timely as it has ever been!
WHY LEARN GERMAN?
- Ten reasons to learn German from the Goethe Institut
- 15 reasons why you should learn German focusing on cultural and economic capitalwhy we have been learning German in the UK
- Video on why learn German
- Video: Is German easy?
WHERE CAN I LEARN GERMAN?
- Learn German online through Deutsche Welle, in a group online; or as an individual online
- Learn German in person in the UK
- Learn German in Germany
- Where to study German at university in the UK
- Seven steps to finding an internship in Germany
- Summer courses in Germany for secondary pupils – UK-German Connection has two fantastic courses for secondary pupils learning German: two week part-funded German Pupil Courses and a free four-week German Scholarships programme. Both programmes combine language learning with cultural trips and excursions, as well as staying with host families. Applications for summer 2018 will open in January next year.
GERMAN TEACHERS – AN IDEAS BOOST!
- Engaging lesson ideas to teach and learn German
- Get involved in learning about and promoting all things German as part of a regional network in the Northeast, Northwest, Oxford, Kent and Wales
- Teaching German in primary schools – links to useful resources
- Access a fantastic repository of lesson ideas using texts and links to German resources, featuring poems, rhymes, jokes and songs and much more, by using the ALL Literature wiki
- Come along to the Austrian Day on 7 October 2017, focusing on Austrian German and cuisine
- Voyage Kids – a website for primary pupils packed with interactive features, games and stories to help children in the UK and Germany find out about each other’s language and culture
- The UK-German Bears project – Alex and Ben, the UK-German bears, travel to schools around the UK and Germany to support intercultural and language learning. UK schools are matched up with a German partner school to work with on this fun, interactive three-week project for primary children, which helps them learn about each other’s language and culture.
INTRODUCING GERMAN IN YOUR SCHOOL
- Consider setting up a Language Futures initiative to introduce German as one of the languages on offer in an after-school club, where young people learn a language via the medium of project based learning
- Find out about the Goethe Institut’s Smart Choice: German Network. If you can commit to a few guidelines about introducing and sustaining German and to sharing resources your school has developed, then this may be a great way to secure training sessions for teachers of German for free, access cultural services for schools, such as theatre, music, film or literature events; and a way to arrange motivational sessions for students such as input for German on career days.
- Boost children’s awareness of German by hosting a German teacher in your school for 2-3 weeks.