For foreign language teachers of primary and secondary schools in Schleswig-Holstein Gisela Ehlers IQSH-Kiel, Course Director
The workshop started on Monday with the creation of the story setting “Our Street” including houses, shops and a beach area. The very attractive frieze that was produced became the focus for lively discussion about second language teaching possibilities in primary as well as in secondary schools. While the teachers then created the characters who lived and worked in the street they became aware of the many opportunities for differentiating the language tasks for their learners. They were convinced that Storyline is not only an ideal strategy for developing language in an authentic context but also a good way for teaching in heterogeneous classes. This first course was led by Steve Bell and Tina Stute On the 21st and 22nd Oct. 2008 the IQSH offered a two day follow up seminar in which drama was explored as an additional element in Storyline. Through a practical workshop linked to the Storyline frieze the participants experienced the wide variety of ideas and language tasks. Drama activities relate easily and effectively to such a context and establish a rich learning environment. The second course was led by Hannelore Tait and Gerhard Schroda.