The happy German group continues to be challenged with lots of new vocabulary and pronunciation. Most members excel with their reading now, however activating conversation remains a problem. I will persevere by introducing more Grammar to enable everyone to form short sentences and answer questions freely, so that gradually the tongue loosens up and members can converse with each other. I am grateful to be able to be of assistance to class members and always learn a lot myself.
The happy German group is now focussing on the Home Environment and reading and learning all about daily life, their house and its various rooms, the furniture and the activities one performs in the house.
This involves an enormous amount of vocabulary. We will try from now on to retain that vocabulary and verbally use it in question-and-answer sessions. As one member mentioned, if you don`t use it you lose it!
I am very happy to challenge the group in many ways and yet see that their eagerness to learn doesn't wane.
Another successful month!
The German Group is now back from their imaginary trip to Germany and Austria and it is back to daily basics in the coming month. We began to use the W questions to start conversation between the members but we have to overcome a lot of inhibitions. Practice will further that.
The keenness to learn the language is wonderful and makes it a pleasure to front up every week to present new work. I learn a lot too.
The beginners’ group and the advanced group have nicely integrated, with suggested home studies and the help of mentors making it possible for the whole group to go on our imaginary Trip to Germany. A whole new world of vocabulary has been discovered and we will try to retain that wealth of words by using them in the future. It has also given everybody a taste of what can be seen and done should such a trip occur.
On one occasion this month I could not present the work I prepared and had to ask the members to use the prepared work without me. Pauline and Graham with the assistance of Beverley managed very well and showed what a nicely knit adaptable group can do. I thank them for that.
We will have one more meeting this month after I write this report. For any interested person our work is on display on the ‘Lessons’ page of the website which is so well maintained by Beverly Lee.
I love learning with this group!
The now combined German group is making very good progress in pronunciation and general knowledge of vocabulary.
Since it is now possible to travel overseas again, we began to dream about a trip to Germany with all the vocabulary to survive should such a trip happen.
I am taking the members down memory lane and it appears we all enjoy it. The old brain is being rejuvenated.
For those former students who might be interested what we are doing, check the Benalla U3A Weebly website for Advanced German/Lessons.
The two groups have now combined and in the next months there will be only one meeting weekly on Tuesday. I notice good progress in all participants and the amount of work so far can be inspected on the U3A Weebly website - simply click on the 'Lessons' button in the right hand column.
The advanced German group shows the benefit of our keeping in touch through correspondence throughout the lock down periods in previous years. It is a happy and studious group and has tackled quite advanced correspondence, which you can see on our ‘Lessons’ web page (see top of right hand column) if you are interested. It gives me pleasure to help group members advance in the German language and it is a 70 year review of my own school days. It`s amazing how much we have stashed away in the back of our brains.
In 2022 both Advanced and Beginners courses are being held - with the Advanced Course offered by Horst Gunther offered on weekly from 12.15 to 1.30 on Tuesdays in U3A Classroom 1, and a nine week Beginners Group offered by Pauline Bailey on Wednesdays 12:15 to 1:30 pm (Feb/March), also in U3A Meeting Room 1
This web page will continue to be used for German, but will focus on the Advanced course reports and news, while the Beginners short course has its own webpage at German - Beginners.
The German group met for lunch at a cafe in Benalla for its last session for the year.
Next year a beginner group will be offered again after none this year due to Covid. The group has decided to meet weekly in 2022.
Frӧhliche Weinachten und Frӧhliches Neues Jahr!
Where would we be without internet and email in these times? Horst has directed us to good resources and advised us on where to focus our private study to overcome deficiencies in our German expression. With good weather and as permitted, a few members have been meeting weekly in the open air. Altogether, everyone is progressing at their own pace.
As I write this, we are about to meet to discuss plans for next year. I should be able to report on this next newsletter.
Horst Gunther is offering weekly German - Advanced sessions in Semester 1 2022. Some knowledge of the German language is required, but all levels, from beginners to fluent speakers, will be accommodated. .
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Tuesdays 12:15 - 1:30
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