The Smart Choice: German
Schools' Network "The Smart Choice: German"
The Goethe-Institut is now pleased to announce a new network of schools in the UK to promote the teaching and learning of German. If your school is interested in being awarded the status of a Smart Choice: German School, please check the application process below. The following guidelines apply:
- has a firm commitment to the teaching and learning of German
- acts as a centre of training in co-operation with its feeder schools
- will involve the Goethe-Institut when it concerns the training of teachers of German
- is prepared to be active in the “Smart Choice: German” network and exchange examples of best practice with other schools or Goethe-Institut networks
- offer training sessions for teachers of German for free
- support the school with teaching and promotional materials
- offer grants for teachers of German in Germany
- offer cultural services for schools, such as theatre, music, film or literature events
- run motivational sessions for students such as input for German on career days
Schools which fulfill the criteria and would like to be a partner in the new network can apply to the Goethe-Instituts in London (for England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and Glasgow (for Scotland).
In 2016 the Goethe-Institut has set up 19 Digital German Networks in the United Kingdom. It is now looking to build on this success and to identify further networks of secondary and/or primary schools that have the intention to start, facilitate and strengthen the teaching of German. At least three schools need to build a network. The lead partner can apply for the funding with the Goethe-Institut. It can be a secondary school supporting feeder schools or a cluster of primary schools reaching out to a secondary school teaching German. It can also be three primary schools in one area wanting to make a start with German or already having started with it.
The networks will receive substantial support and ear-marked funding in the reach of £3.000 each. The funding has to be used:
- For sharing best practice examples on a digital platform. Short articles about their German experience during training and mentoring as well as examples from training or teaching materials are expected to be published once a month. Schools can take turns and will have a roster about their responsibilities.
- The financial support is furthermore intended to be used for two events within 12 months. These events are to form the basis for the networks’ digital outreach activities and digital dissemination of best practice beyond the networks.The first event should be a German Day for the network’s own and other schools in the area as well as for attending or hosting a second event in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut. That could be to pay for travel subsidies to come to the Goethe-Institut or pay for an artist to come to the school.
- Part of the funding can be used to buy digital teaching materials for German or materials that facilitate the digital teaching and learning of German.
The Goethe-Institut will support the networks with professional development or up-skilling courses.Primary schools in the networks are expected to commit for a minimum period of two years to a sustainable German programme embedded into the regular school hours (at least 1 lesson per week) and open to the idea of becoming a model school for others. Intercultural learning, literacy, arts, media education, music and sports are part of the Goethe-Institut’s new scheme of work and will guarantee a learning environment with lots of fun. Please refer to the new primary scheme of work in digital format.
If you are interested in joining the network, please return the application to
|SCHOOLS IN SCOTLAND
Contact: Dr. Sabine Schlüter
Deadline for applications is 30.09.2017.
SCHOOLS IN ENGLAND, WALES, NORTHERN IRELAND
Contact: Karl Pfeiffer
Deadline for applications is 6.10.2017.
Smart Choice: German - Network Activities
© Photo: Hatcham Temple Grove Free School
Schools of the network have already organised a range of activities to promote German at their school and you can find some examples of the events here. Hopefully they will give you impulses and ideas to use at your own school.
On 16th November 2017 the Haberdashers’ Monmoth School for Girls welcomed six inspirational speakers from different walks of life (please see list below), who delivered speeches on the importance of languages. The school advertised at many of the local schools, including Monmouth, Chepstow, Caerleon and Hereford. As a result the event attracted a packed audience of over 250 pupils and their parents.
Bernadette Holmes MBE – Director of Speak to the Future, the National Campaign for Languages
Tim Penn – International Exports and Entrepreneur
Dr. David Clarke – Languages, International Studies, Politics at Bath University
Freya Lambert – Project Management (Kingfisher plc)
Marlies Höcherl – Law (Partner – Capital Law, Cardiff)
Major Charlotte Walsh AGC (ETS) who presented on language opportunities in the army
Over 100 pupils attended the day. The event ran from 10 am – 2.30pm with a timetable of German Language activities to engage students, and had them go away excited about the prospect of possibly using German in their future careers.
If you like to run you own German Day their schedule for the day might give you an idea how to possibly structure a day like this:
Plätzchen | © Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls
As December progressed, Year 8 pupils baked delicious Plätzchen in preparation for Christmas. The basic gingerbread recipe is very easy to follow and, if time allows, can be iced.
All of Year 8 pupils were invited to take part in a competition to design a German Christmas card. All entrants received points for their houses and the winners had their cards displayed around the school and received a personal prize.
Winning Postcard | © Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls In preparation for the annual trip to the Christmas markets in Aachen and Cologne, it was felt they should set up their own classroom Weihnachtsmarkt, so that they could practice shopping vocabulary. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed buying festive treats form Kinderpunsch to Handschuhe.
Here you can find some recourses for the activities:
It is a simple activity, but very well-received!
Have a look at their worksheet for the activity here:
The girls had great fun in finding a name for their club and eventually settled on the Habs-Sachs Club. They had badges especially made for them and the photos show the girls proudly wearing them, made all the more exclusive, because only a limited number of girls in the whole school are awarded them!
Food Parcel Habs-Sachs-Club | © Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls Great excitement ensued when the school in Sachsen sent a food parcel of typical German foods for the Haberdashers’ pupils to sample. They sent one in return, including typical Welsh goodies such as Welsh Cakes. The girls brainstormed their ideas for things to send.
Self-made Reibekuchen | © Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls The club members were sent a recipe for Reibekuchen which they made themselves, ate for lunch and then wrote a critique for their partner school. Very enjoyable!
If you would like to try the Reibekuchen recipe with your pupils you can find the recipe here:
Representing the various networks, speakers talked about funding opportunities, achieving high attainment for their students and giving examples of the many activities that can support German in schools.
Here you can download the speakers’ presentations:
The day was modelled on the unique, highly successful CLIL programme at Bohunt Liphook in which students choose to study a third of their timetable in a foreign language. The German CLIL day gave students the opportunity to understand the challenge and rewards that speaking another language in this environment can bring, especially given the importance of the German language in today's world. Some of the students were surprised to hear that German is the most in-demand language among businesses in the UK, or that it is the second most-used language in Science globally, after English.
Everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the day and all students were fantastic ambassadors for their respective schools, rising to the challenges with which they were faced with positivity and impressive teamwork.