Conversation Class Lesson Summary

Language Resident Name: Lea Marie Uhlending                                                   

Day and Date: Wednesday, 01/30/24

Language and Level: Advanced Class

Class theme/topics discussed:

The song “Alice und Sarah” by the Broilers, and with it the leader of the ring wing party Alice Weidel

Goals of the class:

give them a deeper understanding of who Alice Weidel is and her hypocrisy

How did you structure the class?

At first we just watched the music video with no context and I asked them for their initial reaction. Then, I told them a little about the Band that wrote the song. After I gave them the song text and we listened to the song again. I gave them the background on the politician Alice Weidel and gave them some reminders about who/what the AfD is. I showed them a picture of Alice with her wife next to some quotes that Alice Weidel had made and then we looked at all the unknown vocab and went through the song line by line. We had a final discussion on their opinions on the song and Alice Weidel herself.

What technology, media or props did you use? (Internet resources, handouts, etc.)

handout, powerpoint, whiteboard

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

This class worked really well. The students had a lot to say about the song and also about Alice Weidel. They were very engaged. They actually stayed 20 minutes after class because they had so much to say so we just kept talking. Admittedly the conversation switched from at first Denglish to full on English at that point (since it was after class that was fine with me) but at least the topic was still German.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I don’t think this class can be improved honestly. It’s why, I used the same class last semester for both my classes. In a way it worked even better this semester since it’s very topical with the things currently happening in Germany.