One of the advantages of running a new Exchange Programme with the Gymnasium Salvatorkolleg in Bad Wurzach, is that for one week every Autumn King’s pupils enjoy hosting our visitors in school. This year it was possible to organise no fewer than 12 of the German pupils to visit our beginners in Year 8: the excitement was rife!
The week before the Year 8 boys had been encouraged to practise their language – all twelve weeks of it since joining King’s to-date! In the lesson before the long awaited visit, with a totally straight face, the question they all wanted answered: ‘Are there really real Germans actually coming to our lesson, Miss?’; ‘Ja, die Deutschen kommen!’. They did not disappoint: 12 German sixth-form students, and three members of staff from the Salvatorkolleg, including headmaster Friedrich Emde.
The lesson plan? Speed-dating! With two rows set our, pupils had two minutes and fifteen questions. Frau Houghton rang a bell every two minutes and the pupils rotated, so that each pupil managed to speak as much German as possible, with as many new partners as possible. The most important rule? ALLES auf Deutsch! NO ENGLISH at all!
With grins and giggles the lesson proceeded, and the atmosphere tingled with Teutonic tones! In short, it was terrific fun, and the Year 8 boys proved themselves wonderfully capable of utilising their limited language to the absolute full. The German sixth formers and German staff were very impressed, as indeed was Frau Houghton!
Enjoy these short clips: