Serious stuff with song

August 3, 2011

Following on from my post about using a joke to introduce the topic of racism, and Ausländerfeindlichkeit in German I’ve come across this song which could also used as a resource to address these issues.  In addition to portraying the feelings of the victim:

Ich bin ein Außenseiter, ein Möchtegern, eine Randfigur von einem fremden Stern,
ich bin ein Mauerblümchen, unscheinbar und brav, ein Loser, ein schwarzes Schaf

the song also has some very good examples of use of the passive to convey the actions of the bully or the racist.

Ohne weiße Wolle wirst du ausgestoßen, ohne weiße Wolle wirst du bloßgestellt, man zeigt
auf dich – so gehts in dieser Welt, ohne weiße Wolle wirst du abgestempelt,
ohne weiße Wolle bist du außen vor. Man liebt dich nicht, da mach ich mir
nichts vor.

The tune is very catchy and there are also rap sections so should have wide appeal..


Grammar through song

July 8, 2011

One of the real bonuses of having PGCE students working with you is that they often come up with fantastic resources and creative ideas for using those resources.  This song from the Lassie Singers is just one example and was used in a lesson I observed.  The lyrics are perfect for introducing relative clauses in German as well as for looking at adjectives and adjectival agreement.

Danke schön, Anke!