Freiwillige mündliche Prüfung

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Freiwillige mündliche Prüfung im LK Englisch 2010

Viel Erfolg im Colloquium zunächst einmal, und falls wir uns in der mündlichen Prüfung in Englisch sehen, da natürlich auch.


Abitur Exams

The best of luck to all of you - keep a cool head, trust in what you've learned in all those years. You haven't spent all those years at school for nothing.
Keep an eye on your watch, plan your work sensibly.
Write something clever and well-phrased - it's so much nicer to correct ;-)

Don't forget your dictionary!


What is poetry for?

Here are some of the definitions the poets gave in the short interviews:

What is poetry for?

- Poetry is for trespassing and feeling at home at the same time.

- Change / Weakness / Celebration

- Experiencing the full range of human emotions.

- It is for itself. It is “to be”.

- Poetry is for asking questions and for thinking about what their answers might be.

- Poetry is there to track and mark the hidden speech, the hidden life, the hidden dream.

- Poetry is for everyone to recognize how many layers they’re made of, and how much depth they have.

And here's where you can find the poetry videos and texts that are contained in the introductory sequence that I used in class today:

What is poetry for?  (replacement for broken link, inserted 30th May 2017)


J. D. Salinger, "The Catcher in the Rye"

Here are some questions for you to think about for next time :)

Chapters 7-11

1 “I’m a very rapid packer” (45). – What does this sentence tell us about Holden?

2 “Almost every time somebody gives me a present, it ends up making me sad” (46). – Why is that so?

3 “Then I started shooting the old crap around a little bit” (48). – What does this mean in other words? Which first sentence of a previous chapter does it refer to, and what other paragraphs later in this chapter?

4 What problem does Holden have when he arrives at Penn Station (53, 1st par.)? Why is it typical?

5 “… you wouldn’t believe me if I told you” (55). – What’s funny about that sentence?

6 “Sex is something I just don’t understand” (56). – What would “understanding sex” mean for Holden? Any ideas?

7 What do you know about Hazel Weatherfield (60-61)?

8 “She killed Allie, too. I mean, he liked her, too” (61). – Why is this interesting as far as the narrator is concerned?

9 “What a lady, boy. A queen” (64). – What does Holden mean? What other royal title does this remind one of?

10 “I’m a very good golfer” (69). – How was this useful, as Holden remembers it?

11 “I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it” (72-73). – Can you paraphrase this in a way that makes sense?


Enjoying the moment

Here's the beginning of an article about the use of present progressive vs. simple present:

They don't agree on food culture, but they speak to the same crowd: Jamie Oliver says "It's smelling delicious" and McDonald's use "I'm lovin' it" in their advertisements. Never mind their slang. The basic rule is still to say "It smells delicious" and "I love it." Why is the "incorrect" phrase so popular in youth culture? Well, it's all about enjoying the moment, ...

If you want to read the rest (and watch the video clip), go to the web site of Spotlight Magazine:
Anne Hodgson: "That smells delicious"


Love is all you need

This is
a) a Cultural Studies info about the importance of The Beatles for world culture,
b) fun.


I found this great video at Markus Brendel's incredible site, Der Englisch-Blog, which I warmly recommend.