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Author Archives: Jason D. Smith

Guessing Quiz Answers: Architectural History

                                             Co-produced with Sister Column, The Bridgehunter’s Chronicles A few months ago, the Flensburg Files and sister column the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles produced a two-article series on architectural and infrastructural history and their place in … Continue reading »

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In School in Germany: Bilingual Teaching from the School’s perspective: An interview

In the last entry on bilingual teaching  in Germany, the author discussed the benefits and drawbacks of teaching a subject in a foreign language from his own experience, as well as tips for teachers willing to and planning on teaching a bilingual class in the future. To summarize briefly, bilingual teaching can be beneficial if … Continue reading »

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In School in Germany: Teaching Geography

This class is the first of many in the series on topics that should be taught in US schools from the point of view of the teacher observing classes at a German school. The first topic deals with Geography. OK fellow Americans (and especially fellow Iowans and Minnesotans), before we get started with the subject … Continue reading »

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In School in Germany: Bilingual Teaching in the Classroom: An Author’s Perspective

  This is a continuation of the series of Bilingual Teaching, the introduction of which can be viewed here. Books closed. Exams completed. Chapter closed.  A sigh of relief for the pupils in the Gymnasium. Now moving onto the next chapter- but this time in your native tongues, please.   Having taught history in English, … Continue reading »

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Germany wins fourth World Cup Title

Mario Goetze’s goal in overtime, plus Manuel Neuer’s staunch defense, secures a 1-0 victory against Argentina and Germany’s first title since 1990 Fireworks usually go off on at the stroke of midnight, ringing in the new year, here in Germany. Yet tonight is the exception, as every town in Germany is setting them off, blowing … Continue reading »

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In School in Germany: Is President Obama too American?

Frage für das Forum:  Is President Barack Obama too American or too International? Two years left until he finishes his second and final term as President of the United States and soon, we will be looking at the legacy of President Barack Obama. Once loved by many Americans and Europeans alike because he was a … Continue reading »

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Your Grandma does not do Wiki!

Life is like a cheeseburger: the sloppier you are, the more likely you will pay for it dearly. Many of us have forgotten to submit our homework assignments or even cheated on them. For each crime there was always an excuse or a lie, like my dog ate my homework, or it grew arms and … Continue reading »

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Newsflyer: 11 June, 2014

Giant Storm Causes Widespread Damage throughout Germany.  World Cup in Brazil in Full Gear.  Hamburg SV Handball Team Finished? Getting off the train this morning at Erfurt Central Station in central Thuringia, passengers received a shock of their lives, as the sounds of thunder and lightning made the state capital sound like warfare going on. … Continue reading »

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In School in Germany: Story Cubes and Index Cards

In teaching, there is a golden rule to keep in mind: A teacher is a natural if and only if he is constantly creating new activities out of things that he has in his possession. A nature boy with a creative talent is a teacher at heart, just like the Nature Boy Ric Flair and … Continue reading »

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In School in Germany: Mini-presentations

Question for teachers of foreign languages, history, social studies and even classes dealing with religion and culture: when preparing a topic that is complex and difficult to handle, how do you approach it? Do you divide them up into subpoints and provide them with materials and activities or do you provide a question-answer session pertaining … Continue reading »

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