1. Mittwoch

Fragen des Tages:

Was machst du? Ich spiele _______.

Was machst du am liebsten? Ich tanze gern, aber ich schwimme am liebsten

Wofuer interessierst du dich? Ich interessiere mich fuer _______.

Projekt des Tages:

Today will focus on different orientations the villagers will take part in. The will be learning how to work as a DJ, how to record original sounds, and how to do their own sound editing.

Just like at a real radio station, there is a certain amount a training the villagers need in order to understand how to run the station. All the participants have officially become Waldsee Radio journalists with their own “Presseausweise,” but now they need to learn how to run the station and the vocabulary necessary to participate in the program.

Der Plan fuer heute

1. Familie (45 minuten):

2 minutes: Group Morning Meeting. Each morning the group will come together and be presented with their tasks for the rest of the day. These first few days are introduction days and will consist of mostly orientations. Eventually the villagers will be given their projects in the morning meetings and then will be required to finish them during the rest of the day. Language WILL BE INTRODUCED, PRACTICED AND PRODUCED BASED ON THE DAILY THEME AND THEN REINFORCED DURING project time.

You can decide yourself how you would like to inform villagers of the agenda. The agenda for today will look like this:

1. “Wie gibt man ein Projekt ab?”

2. “DJ Orientierung”

3. “Wie nimmt man einen Originalton auf?”

4. “Cool Edit Pro Orientierung”

3 minutes: With the villagers all sitting in a circle, go over a quick review of some of the patterns from the day before. Emphasize the conjugation of the verbs “heissen” and “hoeren.” This can be done by simply asking the villagers questions.

10 minutes: Today there is large emphasis put on action in the present tense. It is expected that these villagers at the end of the day be able to use action verbs in response to the question, “Was machst du?” Basic conjugation of regular verbs using the form “ich,” is the most basic conjugation in the German language. When reporting, villagers are going to need to be able to write in the third person, in at least the present tense. With this in mind, they will need to understand how to conjugate verbs for more than simply, “Ich.” You are looking to establish solid conjugation abilities of regular verbs for pronouns in this 45 minute period. First begin by explaining/reviewing what the words “ich,” “du,” “er,” “sie,” “es,” “ihr,” “wir,” and “Sie” mean. Go to the Marktplatz and bring chalk with you. In big letters write the words, “ich,” “du,” “er,” “sie,” “es,” “ihr,” “wir,” and “Sie” on the “Marktplatz.” Explain the meaning of the words by having villagers stand on the different words and make sentences using each word (ex. Ich schwimme, du schwimmst, etc.). Have them point to certain individuals when they are using pronouns such as “du,” “er,” or “sie.”If the villagers have a difficult time remembering the verb endings for each pronoun, prepare a large poster with the conjugation of one verb i.e. “schwimmen.” Underline the ending in each case to emphasize that with regular verbs the ending will be the infinitive form, minus the “-en,” plus the pronoun ending.

10 minutes: After each villager has had the chance to work with the one regular form and the different conjugations for different pronouns, bring them back to the circle.

Prepare index cards with regular verbs (infinitive form) written on one side and a picture on the other side of the action. Show each card (picture side) and ask the villagers for the verb. Pass the card around and have each villager do the action of the verb (al la Charades) and make a sentence with the verb. Ex. “Ich tanze.” Encourage sentences using other pronouns as well if the villagers feel comfortable. Mix in a good combination of verbs that have to do with normal life, and a few that are pertinent to the radio station. Here are some examples:








After the villagers have a basic understanding of the verbs, take them back to the “Marktplatz” where the chalk markings are. Review briefly the different conjugations for the verb “schwimmen” Then, give each villager an opportunity to take a verb card, and move to each different pronoun and conjugate. You can make a game out of it that works like “around the world.” Have every villager except one stand on a pronoun. The villager not on a pronoun stands next to the villager on “ich.” The counselor shows the picture of a verb to the two villagers standing on “ich” The first villager to correctly conjugate that verb for “ich” gets to move on to the next pronoun, “du.” The other villager stays on “ich.” Villagers compete to see who can answer the most in a row without getting beat.

If the villagers learn or already have learned the conjugation of regular verbs, try doing the last two activities by introducing irregular verbs. Feel free to mix in irregular verbs if you believe your villagers can handle them right away.

15 minutes: These 15 minutes should be spent explaining the basic form for a radio report that will be used by Waldsee Radio. You will want to focus on the three main parts of a report:

A. “die Anmoderation” (introduction): This is the introduction of any report, news report, movie review, weather report, etc. This is always written by the villager who produced the report, but is read “live on air” by the DJ. It may be something as simple as, “Wie ist das Wetter heute?” or something with a little more detail such as an introduction for an interview that was conducted earlier. “Die Anmoderation” looks to establish what the upcoming report will be about, without giving away too much detail.

B. “die Mitte” (middle portion): This is the actual report. This can consist of many different things depending on the kind of report the villager is doing. All they need to know for now is that this portion is 100% pre-produced and is played by the DJ after the “Anmoderation.”

C. “die Abmoderation” (conclusion): These are two sentences said by the DJ after the report is over. “Das war ein Beitrag/Wetterbericht/ von (name). Sie hoeren Waldsee Radio 92,1.”

Be sure to explain exactly what they are saying in the “Abmoderation.” This in an important aspect any radio report.

5 minutes: With the last five minutes have the villagers review the different conjugations on more time. Give one index card to each villager. Let them ask one another, “Was machst du?” Have them answer each other.


Play Tierenachaefferei. Add a few new animals. Each time after the villagers form an animal ask them, “Was macht der Elefant?” The can respond with either “Der Elefant singt/schwimmt/tanzt/etc.” or “Er/Sie singt/tanzt/etc.”

1.Veranstaltungstunde(45 minuten), 2.Familie (45 minuten), 3. Familie (60 minuten)

For the next three meetings villagers should be broken up into three different groups and rotate between three different orientations for the rest of the meetings. In the event that there aren’t enough counselors to break the villagers into three different groups, each session can take place during one of the three remaining sessions with the entire group. The three orientations are:

1. Going out and recording sound.

2. How to be a DJ

3. Continued software orientation.

Recording Sound:

Villagers will be required to go out and record different things. Sometimes they may need to record a certain sound or some original music, but most of the time villagers will be recording other villagers. The actual process of villagers going out and interviewing other villagers for use in reports should not be overlooked as a minor detail in the entire scope of the report. This villager to villager interaction in German is exactly the ultimate goal at the language villages. Encourage and require the villagers to always use German when they are asking questions.

15 minutes: Start by explaining how to use the device which you are using to record sound. The orientation for this device should be done as much as possible in German. Don’t forget to emphasize the importance of being careful with the equipment. Let the villagers take turns recording one another and random sounds from around Waldsee.


15 minutes: After recording different sounds and voices, bring the villagers back to the studio and explain how to move music over from the recording device to the hard drive on the computer. Villagers should know how to open their own “Originaltoene” in Cool Edit Pro 2.0 by the end of these 30 minutes. CONTINUE TO INTEGRATE LANGUAGE STRUCTURES FOCUSED ON PRESENT TENSE ACTION

15 minutes: For the last 15 minutes spend time working on expressing preference.

“Was machst du gern?” “Was machst du lieber?” Was machst du am liebsten.” Explain that each of these words indicate a higher preference to something. Have them make combination sentences like, “Ich gehe gern Kanufahren, aber ich esse Wienerschnitzel am liebsten.”

How to be a DJ:

Villagers always seem to become quiet in front of a microphone. They may be comfortable with their language skills in a small group setting, but when their voice is potentially being broadcast to hundreds of people, they can become a little nervous. This orientation is designed to provide students with easy to remember phrases so they can host their very own radio show and gain confidence in their language abilities.

15 minutes: Introduce how to work in the broadcast studio. This includes how to broadcast songs, reports, and speak live on the radio. INTEGRATE LANGUAGE STRUCTURES INVOLVING PRESENT TENSE ACTION

30 minutes: Spend the rest of the time working with villagers on the patterns below. Villagers should learn how to develop their own DJ-Plan.

1. Der Radiosender vorstellen:

Waldsee Radio mit DJ ________.

Hier ist Waldsee Radio 92,1!

Sie hoeren Waldsee Radio 92,1!

2. Jedes Lied vorstellen:

Das naechste Lied ist ______ von ________.

Der naechste Titel heisst _______ von _______.

Ich spiele jetzt das Lied _______ von _______.

3. Nach jedem Lied:

Das war ein tolles/schlechtes Lied!

Ich hoffe, dass das Lied euch gefallen hat!

Das war _______ mit dem Lied ________.

4. Die Zeit immer vorsagen:

Es ist _____Uhr.

Es ist Viertel nach/vor _______.

Es ist halb _______.

5. Das Wetter berichten:

Heute ist es sehr sonnig/ windig/ bewoelkt.

Der Himmel ist wolkenlos/ blau

Die Sonne scheint.

Es regnet.

Heute ist das Wetter nicht sehr gut.

Es wird den ganzen Tag regnen.

6. Was essen wir heute?

Heute zum Mittagessen gibt es _______.

Das Essen hat gut geschmeckt!

When teaching how to be a DJ, villagers should carefully plan out what they are going to say and when. This is not intended to be a practice in improvisational language skills right away. Each villager should write out their plan before they go on the air. They also shouldn’t sit behind the microphone for longer than 30 minutes the first time they go on. Let them work up to longer periods of time, or use longer DJ time as incentive to do other projects well. A typical plan for a 30 minute segment is given in Figure 3.

Villagers can slowly begin to improvise around their plan and talk more. As they progress, they can also be given the plan without the sentences and come up with their own to fill in the slots. Eventually they can write up their own plan and improvise around it.

The DJ orientation can also be a valuable place to insert tiny grammatical lessons AND REINFORCE THE DAILY LANGUAGE PATTERNS. While the DJ orientation should focus on being a DJ, things like, adjective endings, cases, and telling time can all be discussed. Explaining why you say “Das naechste Lied,” instead of “Das naechster Lied,” is a great excuse to discuss adjective endings. Or, why is it “mit dem Lied,” instead of “mit das Lied?” Since students need to use these phrases and want to make as few mistakes in front of their peers as possible, they will be more likely to concentrate on the tiny grammatical lessons. This will also give villagers a grammatical base to use for future interactions with the language. When villagers deal with another “das” word, they can remember that the “das” changes to “dem” after “mit” or any other dative preposition.

Continued Software Instruction:

5 minutes: Begin these 5 minutes with a review of the note cards you used earlier in the day. Ask them questions such as, “Was machst du?” Look for answers based on cards that they have.

10 minutes: Use these ten minutes to introduce modals and let the villagers play with them. The most common modal IN THE VILLAGE SETTING is “moechten.” It implies wanting to do something. Ask the villagers some basic questions such as, “Was moechtest du machen?” Have them respond with, “Ich moechte ____.” You could continue to use the cards or the villagers can come up with their own actions. To practice with modals there is a sound editing game they can play.

Record a conversation between two individuals. Mix the sentences up in the program and have the villager piece the conversation back together using the editing program. The conversation could go something like this:

1: “Hallo wie geht es dir?”

2: “Es geht mir gut danke.”

1: “Was moechtest du machen?”

2: “Ich moechte Tennis speilen. Moechtest du mitspielen?”

1: “Nein ich moechte nicht mitspielen. Ich moechte nach Hause gehen.”

Be sure to mix up each line so the dialogue is in the wrong order. To make it more difficult you can add in different lines with other modals. [TRY TO PROVIDE A FEW IDEAS ILLUSTRATING WHAT YOU MEAN]

30 minutes: For the rest of the time have the villagers practice recording themselves using the program. They can practice editing the fake news report they worked on yesterday if they feel they need more practice.