Final Role Play & Kothe-Hildner Prize – Deutsch 102

Final Role Play & Kothe-Hildner Prize – Deutsch 102

Towards the end of the semester, you will write and perform a final role play.  The role play should demonstrate your ability to speak freely.

Details:

  • 350 words of dialog (this also includes any lines spoken by the narrator(s))
  • Groups of 3 or 4
  • Grading scheme:
    • Content/originality: 40%
    • Comprehensibility (including pronunciation): 40%
    • Structural accuracy and complexity: 20%
  • Script and Content
    • Your role-play can be about anything related to the themes or people that have come up in class (in Vorsprung, in Die Känguru-Chroniken, in the videos/film clips for this course, in the “Kultur” texts, in discussions in your section, etc.).
    • EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: Please read and carefully follow these Guidelines for content of role-plays.  Ask your instructor immediately if you’re in doubt as to whether something you’re planning to do is appropriate!!!
    • Your final essay (Aufsatz 3) will be written by your group, and will consist of the script of your role play (==> 350 Wörter). The grade for this essay will be weighted equally for content and language, as usual.
  • Comprehensibility (40% of the grade!)The role play should be performed, not read. The more you can perform from memory, the better. The more your eyes are on your script, and the less fluently/naturally you speak your lines, the harder it will to understand you, and your grade will suffer.
    • Fall 2020/Winter 2021: Instead of a live performance, we are asking you to create a Zoom recording of a dramatic reading of your role play. Dramatic reading = You should be reading clearly and fluently, with appropriate emotion, gestures etc. It should be evident that you have practiced reading the script repeatedly out loud together  (MORE than just two or three times!!!) and that know what you’re saying :)
      • Once your instructor has graded your Aufsatz 3 rewrite, set up a Zoom meeting for your group, click Record > Record to the Cloud, and read your script. Zoom will send you the link to the recording; send your instructor this link. You can pause the recording as needed (e.g. to change Zoom backgrounds to indicate a change of location or that one of you is playing a different role), but you should submit the Zoom recording itself (i.e. the link), not an edited version. If you are not satisfied with the first take, do multiple takes, until you are satisfied.
    • Fall 2020: We will not be looking for perfect memorization. We will be looking for you to know some of your lines, and to be able to say/read the remaining lines clearly in such a way that it’s evident that you have practiced them repeatedly out loud together  (MORE than just two or three times!!!) and know what you’re saying :)
    • The more you can help each other when problems come up with the performance, the better it will be for your grade, because that will make it clear that you rehearsed together and know each other’s parts :)
    • If you’re good at memorizing lines and are able to perform your whole role play from memory, your instructor will be very impressed – and you will benefit a lot from learning that much correct German!
  • Vocabulary List: Please email your instructor a list of words/expressions that will be helpful for your classmates, so they can understand your role play. Do this well before your performance / before your Zoom video will be screened!
    • Only look up a word if you absolutely cannot simplify/rephrase your dialogue in order to avoid it. The more words you look up, the harder it will be for you to perform the role play!!
  • Grading details in case a group member does not contribute equally:
    • Your grade for Aufsatz 3 will be
      • an “E” if you do not contribute to the essay
      • a “C-” if you do contribute, but not in a timely manner.
    • Your grade for the role play will be
      • an “E” if you do not participate in your group’s rehearsals
      • a “C-” if you do participate, but not reliably.
    • The above grades (or other such grade modifications) will be given based on the consensus of your group.
    • If you anticipate a problem, please notify your group and your instructor promptly!
  • Kothe-Hildner Prize for Best Final Role play in German 102/103 (Fall & Winter semesters only)
    • Each Fall and Winter semester, a Kothe-Hildner Prize of $200 is awarded to the group of students performing the best final role-play in German 102/103.  Instructors of each section will nominate the best role-play(s) from their section to compete for this prize.  The competition is normally held at 10 a.m. on the day after the last day of classes ==> please try to keep this time free if you can!