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ERIC Number: EJ782595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0042-062X
A First-Day "Realia" Activity: "Was ist in dem Umschlag?"
Bjornstad, Jennifer I.
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v37 n1 p39-42 Spr 2004
The first day of class is in many ways the most important one of the term. Students come into the classroom alert to everything around them, eager to piece together clues that will answer their ill-defined yet urgent question: "What is this course going to be like?" What teachers say and do on the first day of class is crucial, creating a first impression that sets the tone for the rest of the term. In this article, the author describes an activity she has used successfully on the first day of class at a variety of levels, "Was ist in dem Umschlag?", in which students identify a number of everyday items from an envelope. The activity is an effective and enjoyable way of starting the term for students at a variety of levels.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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