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Mono-lingual Approach (Einsprachigkeit)


There are a lot of problems for teachers and pupils to speak English during the English lessons. Your mother tongue conveys an easier access towards understanding the meaning of English words, functions, structures, texts, and methods of leaning. But using your native language does not provide the most important task of language learning and language teaching:
performance in speaking and listening.
So every device that helps to accomplish that goal is welcome . "Slickers" or "Sliders to parallel worlds" is such a device.

I got the idea from a boy who wanted me to be his master in a role play. These role plays follow certain rules and the players are equipped with some abilities or skills or tools which they can use to solve all problems they may meet (introduced by
action cards or the orders of the master). "Slickers" is a situational frame (in simple and in advanced form) to provide the
pupils a set of rules so that they can't easily leave the mono-lingual approach without sanctions.

It's up to you to start with simple tasks in form 6 before you enrich the different role plays from time to time. The pupils can spy everything you want them to do from

  • rules of forms and functions of different tenses,
  • definitions of words,
  • the contents of texts,
  • rules for writings retolds, summaries etc.,
  • a list of functions for "asking the way", "at the doctors" etc.
  • You can differentiate the tasks from
  • "copying",
  • "making notes" to
  • "remembering" and
  • "retelling" or
  • "presenting the results in a visual way" etc.
  • If someone uses another language than English he or she will be put into prison and will be punished by a chosen authority
    (police or class)
  • to copy the class rules, or
  • to write an excuse, or
  • to prove in a different way that he/she is able to speak English.
  • He/she is sent back to our world with a message from the police telling his/her offense to the local authorities (class).
    The class may consider what to do with the offender.

    Try out if it works.


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