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Using the music video "Territory" from French musicians The Blaze, students will interpret a representation of an Algerian family with a worksheet designed using a multiliteracies pedagogical approach. Before watching the video in class, students will read an excerpt of an interview in French with the musicians and answer true and false comprehension questions for homework.
This in-class activity guides students through the process of planning an imaginary vacation in France, using the home exchange website Abritel. Students explore Abritel's various vacation housing options, including beachside cottages, chalets, or even rooms in private castles. Using a worksheet, students complete a variety of tasks, describing the location they chose, and imagining what they will do during their holiday.
This activity is designed to have your students engage with German film - an important cultural product - by using a couple of simple tools to narrate film clips in the target language. Using Quicktime (software that is already found and accessible on a Mac), you as the instructor can prepare a film clip for your students; students can then use Quicktime to record their own audio, and iMovie to add their audio narration to the clip.
At the beginning of the semester every student across all sections of a language course will brainstorm a medium (digital and/or physical) that has the capacity to include input from each student in GER 1101 this semester. Then, all students in each section will vote on one medium for the project. Examples include, but are not limited to: newspapers, magazines, a Youtube channel, a tumblr page, or website for a fictitious business or city. Over the course of the semester, journal assignments will act as drafts for the media submissions. Once the journal is revised, a final draft can be published via the collaborative medium.