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Teaching GERMAN A level culture topic - Goodbye Lenin

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by MFLamber, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. Hi, I'm just wondering whather anyone can give advice. I have 3 Y13s and I am teaching the culture topics after September - starting with Goodbye Lenin. I wondered if teachers of A level German could give me adivce about how to go about it?! I was thinking of starting with the history around the film and then do you watch it scene by scene with the studnets and discuss main points and vocab? Help.....! Any Guidance greatly appreciated :)
  2. Hi - is this the AQA nonsense? Tread very carefully! We did Goodbye Lenin this year and the visiting examiner arrived to announce that he had never watched it. Apparently they have no interest in content, rather they want to know student's OPINIONS about the film.
  3. Thanks for this very helpful info :)
  4. BrightonEarly

    BrightonEarly Occasional commenter

  5. Hi there,
    I taught Goodbye Lenin last year to 2 students. As they need to research two cultural topics (AQA), we chose to do the film and the period of history "Der Fall der Berliner Mauer" so both topics are well interwoven.
    I first looked at all previous exam questions and created resources and lesson plans around these. I also read the examiner's notes online. It is essential in both exams (written and speaking) in order to get high grades that they can give their opinion and justify them, too!
    There is a great resource on here for Goodbye Lenin to train students up for that (Point - Evidence - Evaluation): https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Goodbye-Lenin-Analysis-PEE-6054819/
    I also found one incredibly helpful website with lot of background information re. that period of history, the personalities that shaped it and the film.
    The information on the word docs is not always without mistakes but it is invaluable and there are also suggestions for oral exam questions (flowchart).
    The BBC runs a great archive re. Berlin history / the Wall from 1949 to 1990. Even if you don't watch them in class the students can go online themselves and watch the original BBC clips to understand life in the "2 Germanies" better. http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/berlinwall/index.shtml
    Another great resource for material and further links is the page from the Goethe-Institut:
    Watch the movie "Eingemauert!".
    The Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung has published a Filmheft which can be downloaded as a pdf: http://www.bpb.de/publikationen/13J4EY,0,0,Goodbye_Lenin%21.html
    There is also one for "Das Leben der Anderen".
    From 2 weeks into the course with the students they had to write essays for me, 1st draft, 2nd ... until it was "perfect", so by the end of the course they just have to pull out their essays and revise them. Some students might need a lot of advice on how to write/structure an essay not to mention the level of German required.
    I also had them making PPT presentations about specific topics, e.g. a character of the film or politician of the time (Gorbatschow) - then a Q&A round after the presentation.
    The department had the luxury of having me as a native speaker GTP trainee and I exclusively did the cultural topics with them, the other teacher focused on the other a2 topics - so the students had around 6 hours per forthnight only focusing on the cultural stuff. But as it is also a "research-based" topic, students also need to look things up themselves - you can't write the essays for them - it is an a-level course after all. I put all resources, links and essay writing guidelines on a blog of the school's VLE and so they always had access and no excuse not do their homework.
    Hope this gives you some ideas - it is great fun and has even taught me a few things I didn't know about. x

    bstiller likes this.
  6. Thank you, this is so helpful xx

  7. Massive thanks to all who have posted above - very helpful info. [​IMG]
  8. BrightonEarly

    BrightonEarly Occasional commenter

    A lot of really good resources here, thanks Carolin82.
  9. Thanks everybody for all the help above - does anybody know where i can find a copy of the filmscript for Goodbye Lenin so the students can read the film script as well and find quotes easily?

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