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 A Guide to methodology and materials for German

About Me

I had only French at school, and thought I was just useless at languages.   40 years ago, my elder son did a swimming club exchange with Germany, and we stayed friendly with the family.   Their writing to us in English was the embarrassment that prompted me to learn German - initially from the BBC series Kontakte, then following on with Wegweiser, then evening classes.   In 1981 I went to live and work in Munich for 3 years - that's what moved me from stumbling to fluent and I attended a German for Foreigners class at Munich University.   So I now think anyone can do it!

Everything I've done since has been to prevent losing it again!   On retiring, I started a German language group in Arun East U3A group.   We are all (9 of us) from A2 upwards - including two native Germans; I'm about B2/C1.   We generally spend an hour reporting and discussing what we've done in the last week, or discussing something exciting coming up.   This often leads to side conversations and discussions of language points (helped significantly by one of our native Germans, who was a teacher of German to foreigners all her working life).   Then we usually read part of the magazine “deutsch perfekt” and discuss that.   We used to use articles from Stern, Spiegel, Die Welt and so on, but some of these were a little hard for our A2 level people.

New Groups

Please contact me via the link above to tell me who you are, what you’re doing, and what you hope to do.   I have produced a leaflet with some ideas about methodology and a list (not exhaustive!) of materials that may be helpful.   This is something of a work in progress, and probably always will be, so please keep checking to see if you have the latest version.   You will find this via the link above. Also please look at the French adviser’s statement – she has a very useful article entitled “Some Considerations For Learners”.

Existing Groups

I would very much like contact with you!   We can all learn from what others do, so I’d like to hear of your experiences.   Please do look at the Methodology & Materials leaflet (see link above) and let me know if you have recommendations to expand it.  

Newsletter

I hope to produce one soon (this as of March 2014), with the aim of listing groups with whom I am in contact and sharing people’s experiences.