It's been a great school year so far, just watching the students in class grow. Listening to their increased spontaneous output in class, predicting the story lines and suggesting details in German. More students joined in to make the switch to German in class and I have also received more videos from students as they retell stories in German at home for fun. So here is a little comparison of two videos a student sent to me. One after 28 stories in class, the other after 41. According to her mom, who graciously allowed me to post these videos (Danke!), her daughter has been quite obsessed with watching the videos from class, so I am not sure how much time, she has spent on getting more input on her own through the videos. But the power of interest based input is quite obvious when students chose to spend their free time by watching the stories from class again.
When watching both videos the improvement in pronunciation is quite striking. Her speech has gained clarity and fluency. She self-corrects and uses verb endings in the past automatically (landete, sagte, suchte..) as well as high frequent irregular verbs (fiel, sah, ging...).
Here is the description of the student again:
Age: 8yo Grade: 4th
German: total beginner at start of school year with no prior German experience
School: International School in Germany, language: English
Outside German: no other German classes, little input from life in Germany as they are mostly surrounded by English and native language. Not involved in German teams, clubs, etc.
Home country: India
We are not quite through the first semester and today I will tell the 50th story in class. We still have lots of time left and I am looking forward to seeing the results of the first year in German at the end of the school year.
For 4 months now, from August 23rd to December 17th, I have been telling stories to my 4th grade beginners every class (3x a week in a regular week). In 43 classes I have told 50 stories. Stories from countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, France, the US, Canada, China, Italy, Norway, India and Japan; including funny stories, scary stories, folk tales, fables, legends, sagas and more. And here I am sharing the first 50 stories with you with German and English titles and text source if possible. All 50 can be watched here or on my YouTube channel.
Often times I do not tell the story I had planned the next class and make a change last minute. I wanted to tell "Eine Puppe zu Weihnachten" before Christmas, but then some students said, no more sad stories and I decided to skip this one. So for the last of the 50 I was unsure what I wanted to tell and the inspiration came the day before, when we went to a story teller, who told "Die drei Federn". I adapted it and told it today and here we are 50 stories and 1116 minutes in.