Learning languages

What should pupils know in the foreign language at which point?

By Martyn Rawson, August 2019

We learn to speak a language in that we take part actively in social activities which take place in that language and are embedded in its societal and cultural framework. This is how all of us learnt our mother tongue(s). Learning a language in school is different from natural learning in that it takes place in an educational learning situation. This ideally contains regular and structures activities of the whole class community and is embedded in the target language. To this extent learning a foreign language in a Waldorf school follows the model of involvement in social activities. [more]

Learning languages

Why a second foreign language?

By Nicolai Petersen, August 2019

Our language environment is changing at breathtaking speed. Twenty years ago, people complained about the flood of “anglicisms” in German and many attempted to fight against it. Today we don’t really have any anglicisms any longer but our whole everyday language environment is suffused at every turn with words, sentences and syntagma that have their origin in English. [more]

Learning languages

Media in foreign language teaching

By Ulrike Sievers, August 2019

There is a wide range of media available for foreign language lessons. That is why we need criteria for deciding which of the many analogue and digital forms we want to use in lessons in which language, writing and images appear. Media allow us to immerse ourselves in a new language and gradually to understand languages better. At the same time the growing young people can become acquainted with the diversity and effect of various media through a constructive media concept from class 1 to class 12. [more]

Publisher's View, Learning languages

Learning from the freedom of children

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, August 2019

A recent scene at the baggage carousel: nothing has happened for an hour, then an announcement that there will, unfortunately, be a further delay. All the waiting passengers are irritated, tiredly check their smartphones, and feel the weight of lost time! All of them? ... [more]

Living Teachers, Learning languages

Karl Schubert – the first special needs teacher

By Tomás Zdrazil, August 2019

At the start of 1920, Emil Molt received an unusual application. The linguist Dr. Karl Schubert from Vienna was enquiring “whether I might find employment in the factory under your management, working with my hands or head …” [more]

Series, Learning languages

Henry Barnes – a Waldorf aristocrat

By Nana Göbel, August 2019

Henry Barnes (1912–2008) joined the Rudolf Steiner School in New York as a class teacher in 1940. And with the exception of three years in the army he remained a teacher there until 1977. Like Ernst Weißert in Germany or Francis Edmunds in Britain, he shaped Waldorf education in the USA for decades, particularly on the east coast. [more]


Hidden effect

By Mathias Maurer, July 2019

As the weather grows warmer again, more skin and muscle are also on show once more. Remarkable how many people in this country are discreetly or assertively wearing tattoos and piercings – across generations and social class. [more]

Body Cult

My body and I

By Michaela Glöckler, July 2019

The prematurely deceased drugs and addiction expert Felicitas Vogt (1956 – 2008) told me at one of our last meetings how she had been standing at a red pedestrian crossing in a small German town. Suddenly an approximately 15-year-old teenager stood next to her – also waiting – perfectly styled as a punk: dressed in black, on her head an impressive pink Mohican, nose and ear piercings, around her neck a silver necklace from which skulls were dangling. [more]

Body Cult

No body is perfect

By Michael Birnthaler, July 2019

In no previous period have people focused on their own body to such an extent as in the present time. From tattoos through bodybuilding to body modification, modern human beings do everything to perfect their body. Yet it seems that the search to obtain happiness from our bodies is futile. Instead, those who strive hardest for health and physical wellness seem least able to achieve it. Why is that? [more]

Body Cult

Self-optimisation in the service of what?

By Lorenzo Ravagli, July 2019

Since the major textile manufacturers started printing their logos on our clothing and turning us into their advertising media, we have grown to accept many things. Nowadays we no longer just voluntarily provide involuntary services to support the corporate image of global agents of exploitation, we even happily reveal to them our most intimate secrets when the inducements they offer us harmonise with our wants. [more]

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