Throughout this school year, the 6th grade students have been joyful and highly motivated during their German lessons, which take place twice a week, both at the end of the day. This is meant as a remarkable compliment to the students and demonstrates that joyful learning is possible despite the many pressures of learning and performing that even students this young often feel.
For the last couple of weeks, we have been working on a story, for which the students have learned vocabulary by playing various games and by frequent repetitions. We have accomplished, as a class, reading the entire text with correct pronunciation, taking turns. This was a true community effort which required patience and encouragement of each other. We have practiced listening comprehension skills and are acting out the story as a final learning goal.
This group of 6th graders truly enjoys singing! In a very short time, they learned a tongue twister-like song, a round actually, which now sounds strong in volume, clear in pronunciation and, of course…extremely joyful.