Thursday, July 20, 2017

Flüchtlingskind Tiba

The eighth episode of Flüchtlingskind Tiba is up on Die Seite mit der Maus, and I can't believe I haven't blogged at all yet about this great video series!

One of the best resources I discovered last school year was the video series "Flüchtlingskind Tiba" on the children's TV show Die Sendung mit der Maus, and I can't recommend it highly enough to other German teachers.

The series follows a 9 year old girl, Tiba, and her family, who have fled the Syrian civil war for Germany.  Each episode is 7 or 8 minutes long and shows the next step in the family's journey from Syria to a temporary refugee camp to a permanent apartment in Germany.  It's great for discussing the topic of refugees in Germany and bringing it to a more personal, individual level.

Die Sendung mit der Maus is designed for elementary age children, so the language is fairly simple and straightforward and deals with familiar topics like family, school, hobbies, and food.  

Last school year I watched the series with my German 4 class, and they really enjoyed it. Both the hardships experienced by Tiba's family and the services provided in Germany made a big impression on my students.  

Next year I will only be teaching German 1 and 2, but I still really want to use the series with my students.  

I've taken the first episode, which is also available on YouTube, and inserted comprehension questions using EDpuzzle:

I think my German 2 students should be able to handle these questions, and now I'm thinking of making a family tree activity with Tiba's family for my German 1 students to use in our second semester unit on family.

I highly recommend that you take a look at this great series!

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