Little Things

I have never seen the point in giving people Homework that is not due for one or two days. Certainly giving a writing assignment on Wednesday that is due Friday and then another on Thursday that is due Monday and a third assignment over the weekend means that you end up writing every day anyway. So why not just make the writing assignments due the next day. Using the excuse that its supposed to be an intensive course when people complain about the number of writing assignments doesn’t help either.

As well as writing assignments we have to make a presentation, ein Referat, on the subject of our choice to show off our (lack of) German. I had mine this week, before we had all these writing assignments and not so long in the course that I needed to use complex grammar things like Nominalisierung or Konjunktiv I or stuff like that.

As part of the Referats people have being using presentations as inspiration, enlightenment and occasionally as a crutch. Open Office is so far the tool of choice, and NeoOffice for the Apple fanboys. I am providing a lot of advice and support for Impress and inserting pictures etc. The first question I always ask is do people have a good Internet connection to access Wiki Commons or Wikipedia or to find other publicly available info and sometimes to download OpenOffice itself. And the answer is always yes! Sometimes with a side order of “what kind of backward place do you think you are in that everyone doesn’t have at least a 6Mb connection to the Internet”…

2 Responses to “Little Things”

  1. John Browne Says:

    Are you sure it’s not an “Oh my God are you asking me do I know about wikipedia” question?
    Why would everyone be using Open office or Neo office? Is every German learning Ex-pat a masochist? They do know that “power point” exists don’t they? They’re not complete Mac Retards I hope?

  2. mgb Says:

    well the question usually is along the lines of “OpenOffice (or NeoOffice) is quite large. Do you have a good connection at home to download it?”

    The Lehrer recommeds OpenOffice and its what he runs when he uses his own laptop (when the school one is broken). After that, like everywhere else, the class is a mix between people who have MS Office pre-installed on their laptop, or acquired it through uni or work and those who don’t have any office suite

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