Plus Groups

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Procedure for German+/ English+/ ILS during Remote Learning


German+/ English+/ ILS will be treated like a subsidiary subject during Remote Learning phases. This means that it will be taught as a 45-minute lesson online, on a fortnightly-basis. An assignment will be set which should take no longer than 45 minutes to complete.


Starting point: Experience during Lockdown 2020 has shown us that pupils have mainly, if not solely used their native language to communicate due to the narrow, as well as unilaterally, social contact they have experienced. As a result of this, the ability they have in any other languages has become much less. In order to prevent this, and so that we can support pupils more in their language acquisition during Remote Learning, we need to continue offering the support provided by the Plus Groups and follow the Language Support Concept at the DSL. Obviously, those more able children, who already have strongly developed linguistic skills, should also have the opportunity during Remote Learning to further develop their above average abilities and to continue working on the projects as part of the ILS programme offered.


Ideas for Teaching and Learning:


The following aspects must be emphasised when planning Plus Group lessons:

Plus Group lessons should first and foremost be planned to further develop students’ ability to communicate in both languages; therefore they should be clearly language-orientated towards the use of productive language.


All activities should be based on and planned according to the four cornerstones of language learning: the four skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing). Pupils should be made aware of the four skills they are learning when the activities are introduced and explained.


· A class text to read together

· Self-organised, and project-orientated work based on a book with learning aids to support this

· Exercises from a differentiated German workbook

· Practise short presentations on own chosen topics ( to support formal spoken language)

· Work on projects (e.g. short animations, a variety of games, debates, discussions, story writing, creating comic strips, creating a newspaper, etc.) in small groups

· Text manipulation from normal German and English lessons (looking more deeply at a text to unpick language and meaning)

· Analysis of news programmes such as “Logo”.

· Use a variety of stimuli to base further work on and engage learners (e.g. short films, songs, articles, images, fiction and non-fiction texts)

· Exercises from grammar workbooks (differentiated per group) to further support/develop language acquisition

· Students teaching each other aspects of grammar


Together we can support our pupils to come out of their comfort zone and achieve confidence in both languages.

Contact person: Frau Martin

Status: 08.09.2020