What's going on in ... ? - German for beginners in 11 sequels


no.: 42161-CP-1-97-1-DE-LINGUA-LD

Telenovela für den Deutschunterricht
A soap opera for learning German


Content and aims:

A self-tuition program for beginners to acquire a firm basic knowledge of the language.
Target level: A2.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Some of the students in the evaluation courses reached the B1 level only by self-tuition with this course.

Target group:

Adults and young people wishing to learn German.
Beginners and improvers wishing to brush up their language skills.
University students of German.
(The grammar follows the model of reference worked out by the University of Rome 1 "La Sapienza". (Carlo Serra Borneto et altri (2003): Ein “europäisches” Curriculum für den Studiengang “Lingua tedesca” – Das “Römische Modell”, Università di Roma I „La Sapienza“ )

Suitable for:

Self-tuition, adult education, commercial training, secondary and higher education, universities.


The approach of Was ist los in Hauptstraße 117? is to take the popular form of television soap opera, to involve the language student with the lives of German speakers in real-life situations, and so help the learner to acquire language that relates to the actuality of contemporary Germany. The soap opera episodes are prefaced by additional video material, which wittily and amusingly reinforce the relevant language concepts, and by written and online material, which ranges from useful exercises to 'fanzine' articles about the characters in the soap opera. The combination of personal involvement (what will happen next?) and personal identification with characters grounded in reality guarantees genuinely instructive entertainment.

Coordinator: Susanne Hecht

Transkom - Institut für transkulturelle Kommunikation-Susanne Hecht, de
Università degli Studi di Genova, it
De Montfort University Leicester, uk
Chancen e.V., de
Tricast Video Production, de

supported by

Goethe-Institut, de
Regionalverband Ruhr,de

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, de:
Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek
Institut für Germanistische Sprachwissenschaft/ Lehrstuhl für Sprechwissenschaft


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