Barton Peveril’s German Day in February was the destination for some of Wyvern’s Year 9 linguists, where they joined students from 8 other local schools for a variety of activities and talks.
The day began with a session by visitors from the Goethe Institut & Southampton University, outlining the importance of studying languages and the opportunities for work and study using German. Students also had a short introduction to German studies at Barton Peveril, in which they listened to an extract from a German play and worked in pairs to practise a role play in German.
A key aim of the day was for students to see how they could use German for real purposes and they were set a task to produce and film an advert in German to launch a British soft drink onto the German market. After watching and analysing current German adverts, the groups had just over an hour to write and film their own adverts before assembling in the lecture theatre to watch all the adverts.
Breaks during the day also had a German theme with ‘Berliner’ (German doughnuts) in the morning and a ‘Wurstbude’ (sausage stall) at lunchtime, where students had to order their food in German!
Laraine Ashdown, Modern Languages Curriculum Leader, said, “This was a great opportunity for our students to immerse themselves in German. They really made the most of the day and created some excellent and imaginative adverts.”
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