This exercise is focusing on students’ early writing skills (novice level) and is the last step in a sequence of exercises in which students engage with various short personal descriptions of individuals (through the textbook and internet). Learners practice how to share personal information such as age, appearance, etc. but it is set up in a way that they do not have to provide any personal information about themselves. They are asked to write a fictional ad about any well-known character/VIP/protagonist they can think of without disclosing the actual name in the text. This text is then uploaded to a Padlet page where the entire class can read the results of the assignment in real time. In the last step, students then read out their personal ad and the class has to use the YES or NO question “Bist du XYZ?” (Are you XYZ?) to guess the name of the anonymous individual. In this way, students also practice their reading and speaking skills.
• Students do not have to register for Padlet
• Guessing of the VIP/character etc is not only entertaining for students but also provides them with a feeling of being understood in the target language
• Writing phase allows students to receive live input from the instructor
• practices first-person descriptions without sharing personal information
Things to consider:
• the instructor will need to make a decision in terms of error correction; the more students in a class the more time might be spent on fixing errors.
• most students do not have German keyboards or do not know how to write with special characters. Brief introduction/explanation might be useful
• what kind of characters/names should be off-limits in your classroom?
Additonal information provided as links (on the left)
• the Padlet website
• DEAR DIS's YouTube tutorial for Padlet
Inspired by a talk given by Dr. Lara Lomicka Anderson from the U of South Carolina and Dr. Gillian Lord from the University of Florida