Gruppenprojekte: Erklärung 


As outlined in the syllabus, the group project will involve one full class period of teaching the class about a topic of the group's choice. Groups will be chosen on Monday, Jan. 24, with topics to be decided the following week.
Expectations and grading: The project is intended to be a group endeavor. While you may divide up tasks as you work on the project, the presentation in class must be well integrated and unified, not a series of independent mini-presentations. The project will involve some research (library, internet, other resources) for use during the presentation. Each group will provide a list of its sources, as well as a handout for the class with an outline of its presentation or other information such as vocabulary and facts. You will be given some time in class to organize your group’s work, but a large portion of the preparation will be done outside of class. Presentations will be graded on content, creativity, organization, clarity, and delivery. Projects count as 10% of the course grade.
Advice and Suggestions: Choose a topic that you will enjoy learning more about and teaching the rest of the class about, and one that has enough depth to fill a one-day class session. Thus, bringing in a single song by a music group and discussing it will not be enough; also, attempting to cover too much material (“The History of Germany”, for example) would be a bad choice. Some excellent presentations in the past have covered such topics as:

Feste und Feiertage in Deutschland
Die Berliner Mauer
Die Olympischen Spiele in Berlin
Die Entwicklung der Rap-Musik in Deutschland
Ethnische Minderheiten in Deutschland
Expressionistische Kunst in Deutschland
Die Schwulenbewegung (=gay rights) in Deutschland
Deutsche Einwanderer in die USA

The only restriction on the topic is that it must relate in some way to German culture: the arts, history, politics, current events, society -- anything that interests you but doesn’t often get covered in German class. Topics that involve media (music, video, internet) work well, but this is by no means a requirement. Also, please feel free to be creative and fun in your presentations -- humor can be a wonderful learning tool!

Montag, 24. Januar:
You will decide who is working with you in a group of five students. You’ll be given 5-10 minutes at the end of class to start brainstorming a topic -- please come to class with ideas of your own (consider what you might be interested in or what you might like to learn more about for your own sake).

Freitag, 4. Februar:
The groups should tell me their topics: a rough idea of what you will be talking about.

Montag, 21. Februar:
First progress report. On or before this day, at least one representative from each group will need to either email me or come to my office hours (the hour before our class, or by other arrangement) to discuss the work done so far on the presentation. The representative(s) should bring with them a rough outline of the presentation ideas (including how the topic will be divided among the members and a basic idea of the points to be covered and the scope of the presentation). I would also like to see a list of sources being consulted (be they books, websites, etc.) -- by no means a complete list, but at least a beginning.

Freitag, 4. März:
Second progress report. Again, at least one member of each group will meet with me (before or after class, or by email) to update me on the status of the presentation. At this point please bring a typed outline of the presentation (with the understanding that some changes may still be made), and a typed list of sources. We will also discuss what sort of handout you will be providing to the class, and if there are to be any media involved (CDs, VCRs, DVDs, etc. -- I’ll need to reserve these in advance).

14. - 18. März:
Presentations will be given in class.