Workshops

Foto:  Moritz Haase + Olaf Janson

During our workshops, we take time to interactively address specific topics. Participants become more acquainted with the topics through introductory talks, group discussions, e-learning elements and gaming elements, and acquire fundamental knowledge. They then reflect on what they have learned, and are encouraged to continue their research and try things out on their own.

School students (grade 10 and over), trainees, university students

Using Wikipedia competently and efficiently

Aim: After completing this workshop, participants will be able to fully utilise all of Wikipedia’s functions, e.g. switching between the desktop and mobile website version, and converting articles to PDF format. They will also be able to understand article categorisation and use this to explore topics, search through the bibliography for suitable sources, and understand the article’s edit history. They will be about to explain how the authorship of a Wikipedia article must be assessed, and what information can be reused in which form.

Activities: Introductory talk, group work: applying the functions, game: competition, group discussion with digital bulletin board

Recommended number of participants: Max. 25

Duration: 60 minutes

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Making your own Wikipedia page!

Aim: Wikipedia is the product of a huge international community project to create an encyclopaedia. There are standards for composing articles, the articles are mutually proof-read and corrected, information is filed following a specific order, and knowledge is shared digitally and around the world. Achieving this requires clear literacy in media and information, which is why we want to teach our participants how Wikipedia articles are composed, organised and proof-read. We will also introduce the site’s sister products, such as Commons and Wikiquotes, Wikipedia’s quotation and media database.

Activities: Introductory talk, group work: applying functions, team game: authors vs. proof-readers

Recommended number of participants: Max. 25 

Duration: 60 minutes 

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Refugees and integration groups

Reading together

Duration: 90-120 minutes

Aim: Reading together and reflecting on topics using a small range of vocabulary helps encourage communication in German. This session puts a different, playful slant on the language compared to conventional language classes or formal everyday life. 

The group reads a selection of short literary texts together and discusses them. Anyone who wants to can read aloud or simply listen. This format prompts an interest in literature, helps participants learn how to analyse texts, develops a sense of the language, and encourages linguistic understanding in the foreign language. 

Activity: Reading (aloud) together and discussing literature in an open, friendly atmosphere.

Recommended number of participants: Max. 12 

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Storytelling

Aim: Do you teach an orientation class or run a German course and are looking for a playful challenge to offer as part of the language-learning process? Then we recommend this workshop for digital storytelling on tablets. It encourages communication in German through words and images, and strengthens language skills. It’s a simple way of teaching participants how to use digital media and tie this into literature research when addressing a particular topic. 

Activities: Explaining the app on the tablet, independently preparing and recording the story individually or in groups, presenting the e-books created

Recommended number of participants: Max. 12 

Duration: 1-2 sessions of 180 minutes each 

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