Author: Claudia Kusian, Goethe-Institut
The German singer/songwriter Martina Schwarz, whose work many German teachers know from her “Learn German with songs” books, toured Scottish primary schools over three days in June 2016. Over 450 primary pupils from P5-P7 in four local authorities (Edinburgh, Fife, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire) had the pleasure of seeing her live in concert with her accordion.
In the hour-long concert she performed all her “classics”, including the Tier-Tango, as well as songs about the days of the week, months and numbers, all with lots of audience interaction.
Martina invited pupils onto the stage to join in with singing and dancing, and they had a fantastic time. Her songs are real “Ohrwürmer”, which is German for catchy tunes you just cannot get out of your head. Music is an excellent vehicle for language learning and Martina’s songs help the children to remember key structures and relevant vocabulary.
The “Learn German with Songs” books are available from the Goethe-Institut.
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