Dear studenst, the subject German is an important and cool subject.
I beg your pardon? You think that this should not be written on the official website of the Thor-Heyerdahl-Gymnasium? Congratulations! You have the ability to think about language and have a good feeling for linguistic expression in different contexts. With this attitude you are right for us and, to a certain extent, you are already on the first level. When you reach further levels in the areas of speaking, writing and reading you have us, the German teachers, at your side. We will help you to get to know the language even better so that you can use it appropriately as a tool in various school and extracurricular situations. You will learn step by step to formulate consciously and to write correctly, and at some point you will be able to write challenging texts of your own. Each class level has its own themes. In the lower school you are allowed to tell and write your own stories. You also read stories from others and practice reading them well. In the reading aloud competition, the 6th grades determine a school winner each year, who may represent our school in the city comparison of the schools. You will receive suggestions for reading not only in the classroom, but also in the neighboring district library. Stories also accompany you in the middle school. In addition, linguistic peculiarities in poetry, drama and film are closely examined. In addition, you deal with other peopleʻs opinions and train yourself to develop your own opinion and to represent it convincingly. In the upper school you will learn to understand our language even better by understanding why different authors have formulated their texts in such a way and not differently - by the way, we will have this question in mind when reading and understanding Goetheʻs poems, modern novels and classical drama as well as, for example, when studying a newspaper article. By the way - through the back door - you can often take a look at the attitudes, desires and hopes of other people at other times and compare them with your own way of thinking. You will also see how much our language has changed in vocabulary and meaning over the centuries. Speaking of meaning: The word "geil" has been used since the 8th century. It marked densely overgrown meadow patches, the "hot spots", or unhealthy areas on plants. From the 15th century onwards, the word received the additional meaning "sexually aroused", which is why it was often used only behind reproached hands. Only in recent years has it become a real buzzword to express that something is "great" or "great". But most of the time it happens in a conversation and not in a text like this, so you stumbled over it! You can learn that and much more in our German lessons. Great, isnʻt it?
The project will involve students thinking about their favourite books when they were younger and thinking about which books interest them now, then sharing this information with students in the other country.