Information über das Endprojekt

Information über das Endprojekt

Instead of cramming for a final exam, you will do a final project, in order to bring the course to a creative and enjoyable end.

Content, Length and Logistics

  • At the end of the semester, you will work on a final project with your partners. The project will focus on questions of identity and will incorporate materials from the semester.
  • It can be a video project, a presentation, zine or a short book, or any other creative format. Please discuss your ideas with your instructor if in doubt. No matter what format it is, it will have a speaking component.  
  • Your project must RELATE to ideas/content covered in the course and should include grammar and vocabulary you learned this semester.
  • The project must demonstrate your ability to speak freely (as opposed to reading from a script or from props like laptops, books or letters) when you film the video or present your work.
  • The presentation of your project should be roughly 5-7 minutes: longer is not necessarily better.
  • You should work in groups of 3 or 4.
    • For groups of 5 (not recommended), the project needs to be minimum 8-10 minutes
  • Grading and communicating with your group:
    • If overall you did not contribute a fair amount to your group’s essay and/or project, your instructor will determine an appropriate grade for you individually that reflects this.
    • Your grade for the essay will be an “E” if you do not contribute to your group’s script/project writing, or a “C-” if you do contribute, but not in a timely manner.
    • Your grade for the video will be an “E” if you do not participate in your group’s work on the video, or a “C-” if you do participate, but not reliably.
    • If you anticipate a problem, please notify your group and your instructor promptly!

Grading Scheme

For exact rubrics and requirements of the final project please refer to the actual assignment. 
Please note that if you are making a video the quality of your camera work/video editing does not factor into the grade. Many students enjoy practicing their filmmaking skills, but you are not required to produce a professional-looking video. What is required is that you edit the video sufficiently to create a coherent sequence of scenes, and that you ensure sufficient sound quality so that your German can be easily understood.

Guidelines for Content of Role-Plays and Videos:

These are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! Please click on the link above and read these guidelines carefully.  Ask your instructor if you’re in doubt as to whether something you’re planning to do is appropriate. Otherwise s/he may have to ask you to rethink your video or to come up with an entirely new video.

  • Speaking component: no matter what kind of project you decide on, there should be a speaking component that lets each group member speak for about 5 minutes. 

Comprehensibility

Important for this part of the grade: you should be speaking freely, not reading your lines==> know your lines before you shoot your video or present your project in class. We recommend that you schedule an appointment with your instructor where your whole group can run through the script once to get feedback on pronunciation.

You are welcome to include a short list of words you had to look up for your script in the titles before your project begins or before you present your project to class

Kothe-Hildner Prize

  • A Kothe-Hildner Prize of $200 is awarded each semester to the group producing the best final project in 221/231.
  • There is a length limit: videos nominated for the prize competition cannot be longer than 15 minutes.

Here are a number of prize-winning videos from previous semesters.

Cameras/Video Editing Equipment

You can borrow video cameras from either of the two locations of the LS&A Media Equipment Loan Service:

  • ISS Mason Hall Loan Center, G340 Mason Hall, 763-5158
  • ISS Media Center Sound & Motion, 2001 MLB, 763-1104

****If you think you will need to borrow a camera from one of these facilities, make reservations well ahead of time****