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Our Year 7 German language students are making connections with students at a school in Germany. It is hoped that the pen-pal project will help widen the student’s cultural knowledge and give them an opportunity to practise their German reading, writing and speaking skills.
The Modern Foreign Languages Department host three language assistants each year, who come to Haygrove from their home countries to undertake a work placement as part of their own language and teaching studies. the 2016-17 German language assistant, Verena Marquard, has been working with the UK-German Connection and Haygrove’s German teacher, Miss Marchant, to develop a school-based project which will link Haygrove students with students at the Europaschule GS am Stadtsee in Stendal, Northern Germany.
The project has begun with Christmas letters and parcels being shared between the youngsters at each school, which introduce the students to their partners and explain a little about how Christmas is celebrated in each country. As part of the cultural awareness project, 7T prepared a Christmas parcel for students in Stendal in Germany, whom they have been writing to in order to expand their cultural knowledge and German language skills. Students sent personal notes to explain the history and tradition behind the festive items, such as Christmas crackers, which do not exist in Germany. They also created hand made Christmas cards and voice notes wishing students a merry Christmas.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to be able to work with our language assistant and a German school to create this fantastic opportunity for our students” said Miss Marchant as the project kicked off with the students in 7T preparing their letters to send to their new German pen pals.
You can follow the project here or on the school’s Facebook page to see how it unfolds!