More details and ordering info for the book Germans Are Funny - A Guide to Teaching Foreign Languages can be found at the Sophia Institute website.
One valuable Waldorf-based resource for teaching world languages to adolescents is a book by Conrad Rehbach with the unlikely title Germans are Funny. (A 2011 poll of 30,000 people around the world determined Germans to be the least funny nationality!) Rehbach draws on his long experience teaching German to Waldorf high school students in America to share many helpful hints in making language lessons engaging and fun. Among the activities he has used to engage adolescents in language study are paying an imaginary visit to a German pizzeria, attaching humorous captions to random photos, reviewing the action in German in an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, telling humorous stories about an exploding outhouse, reciting nonsensical but rhyming poems, and doing a treasure hunt that culminates in hidden bars of German chocolate. While the examples in the book grew out of Rehbach's German classes, the book is meant to be helpful to all teachers of world languages. The underlying message is that the world language teacher needs to be imaginative and uninhibited to get and hold the attention of teenagers. Decorum and a staid persona must be sacrificed at the altar of learning!
- Ronald E. Koetzsch, PhD, editor of Renewal: A Journal for Waldorf Education
Renewal: A Journal for Waldorf Education / Book Review: Germans Are Funny - A Guide to Teaching Foreign Languages
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