Die 8b mietet eine Amerikanerin

Melissa Muller zu Gast an der Albert-Schweitzer-Realschule

In unserem digitalen Zeitalter ist es ein Leichtes, die fremdsprachliche Kultur durch Webseiten, Filme oder Blogs ins Klassenzimmer zu holen. Aber wer beantwortet uns die Fragen zu Land, Leuten und Kultur, die uns wirklich interessieren?

Dank des Projektes „Rent an American – die USA zu Gast in deutschen Klassenzimmern“ des Deutsch-Amerikanischen Institut (da.a.i.) Tübingen hatte die Klasse 8b die fantastische Gelegenheit, mit einem „echten Ami“ ins Gespräch zu kommen und Einblicke in ihren ganz persönlichen US-Alltag zu bekommen.  Am 18. Februar 2019 besuchte uns Melissa Muller aus Kalifornien an der Albert-Schweitzer-Realschule.

 

Wir buchten dafür einen sogenannten Conversation Visit beim d.a.i. Tübingen. Der Besuch konnte individuell von uns geplant und die Ideen und Bedürfnisse der Schülerinnen und Schüler aufgegriffen werden. In der Vorbereitungsphase gab es deshalb viel zu tun. Wir wussten bereits, dass Melissa uns durch persönliche Fotos ihrer Familie, ihrer Schule, ihrer Heimatstadt und ihres Heimatlandes viele Einblicke in den American way of life geben würde. Es stellte sich nun die Frage, was wir ihr über uns und unseren German way of life berichten könnten. In Gruppen bereiteten die Schülerinnen und Schüler kurze Präsentation zu unserer Schule, zu Bruchsal, zu weiteren Sehenswürdigkeiten in Deutschland und zu typisch deutschen Festivitäten wie z.B. dem Fasching vor.  Wir sammelten mögliche Fragen an Melissa und setzten uns mit unserem Bild von Deutschland und den USA auseinander.

 

Um den Besuch für Melissa möglichst angenehm zu gestalten und ihr kleine Einblicke in die deutsche Kultur zu gewähren, bereiteten wir ein typisch deutsches Vesperbuffet für sie vor und stellten ihr als Dankeschön unsere liebsten deutschen Süßigkeiten zusammen.

Eine Schülerin der 8b beschreibt das gemeinsame Erlebnis wie folgt:

On February 18, 2019 Melissa Muller – an American university student – came to our school and visited us. It was very interesting for us students to talk to an American and to find out about her and her life in California.  

We started by introducing ourselves, then she presented her home in southern California to us. She talked about life in America and her high school experience. She also talked about prom, school activities, her family and friends, the holiday, etc. … We were really interested in that. 

Next, every group of students had a presentation for Melissa We presented our school, sights in our town, sights in Germany and Adolf Hitler. We made a typical “German Vesper” for her with bread, cheese, salami and so on. We had time to ask her some questions about herself and her life. At the end, we gave Melissa a small thank you gift – a bag with lots of German sweets. We also took a picture together.

We learned so much from Melissa and we found out lots of information about living in America. We enjoyed her visit and we hope to see her again.

by Sidra

 

Wir hätten uns keinen besseren Gast wünschen können! Melissa Muller zeigte uns in einer hervorragend vorbereiteten und sehr ansprechenden Präsentation viel aus ihrem Leben in den USA, hörte sich interessiert unsere Präsentationen an und stellte und beantwortete viele Fragen. Unsere gemeinsamen 90 Minuten vergingen wie im Flug, gerne hätten wir noch mehr Zeit mit Melissa verbracht.

Was die Schülerinnen und Schüler als besonders interessant empfanden, zeigt sich in ihren Thank you – Mails an Melissa Muller.

Dear Melissa!

I hope you enjoyed our presentations and I hope now you know more things about our country Germany. By the way Döner isn`t German, it was made by a Turkish man who lived in Germany (but u couldn’t know that). I really liked the part of your presentation where u talked about your mother’s culture hobby and where u talked about your own traditions of your country. I hope you visit us again soon and I wish you good luck for your future. Thank you for coming.

Yours Ruken Nida

Hello Melissa,

I really enjoyed your presentation about California. I think it was interesting hearing an real American next to me. What I also found interesting was the big difference between American and German schools.  I didn’t know that sport is there so important. I hope you liked your trip to Bruchsal.

Best regards,

Sven

Dear Melissa,

 I hope you like Germany and the sights.

I also hope, that you like our presentation.

It surprised me that you like Döner and it’s cool that you live in a WG.

I wish you good luck, if you go from Heidelberg to Darmstadt by a bike.

 Yours Yasar

 

Dear Melissa,

I learned a lot of your home and your family. I also learned that you love thanksgiving and the Fußgängerzone in Heidelberg. In our family we don´t eat turkey at thanksgiving,we eat them at christmas. I like how he smells when he comes out of the oven. I also would like to live in California, because the temperature is always warm and its close to the pacific ocean. I wish you another good time 

yours Jan

Hello Melissa,

I wanted to thank you for coming to our class. It was cool to learn more about California and yourself. Maybe, when I am older, I can also try the Californian Wine. How was your day in Bruchsal? Did you go to  Phoenix Cafe? If  so, what did you order? I was there today and later I am leaving for a camp from our church. I will be there untill Sunday and am looking forward to it. Did you visit a Point of Interest  from our presentations?

I hope you have a wonderfull day and I am looking forward in hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Annika Oellermann

 

Hey Melissa,

it was very nice to meet you. I was always curious if it’s true what we learn in school about the United States and since you came to our school, I finally know. I really enjoyed and learned a lot when you talked about California and I hope you also enjoyed listening to us talking about Germany.

 Yours Sophica