21. Februar 2020

NMS Grammar Lesson

These are examples of the sentences and texts that pupils of the Neue Mittelschule classes  4a, 4b and 4c produced in the creative workshops in December 2019. These workshops were run by Sandra and Andrew (‘Sandrew’) Milne-Skinner, together with class teacher Silvia.

WISHING & DREAMING

(hypothetical conditions: if  & past tense, followed by conditional present tense)

If kindness were a star, I would look out for the stars every night. (Lena)
If friendship were a tree, I would really care for it. (Patrizia)
If friendship were a tree, I would give it a big hug. (Sophie)
If friendship were a teddy-bear, I would hug it a lot. (Anisja)
If friendship were a flower, I’d give it water every day. (Simon)
If happiness were a sweet, I would share it with my friends. (Sina)
If I were a Super-Woman, I would make sure that there’s no third World War. (Sophia)
If I were a tree, I would give people oxygen (H20) to live. (Max)
If I were a dog, I would catch squirrels all day long. (Lucas)
If I were to win the lottery, I would have my grandma’s house renovated. (Jacqueline)

SEEKING EXPERIENCE (present perfect tense)

I’ve never done bungee-jumping, and never done sky-diving, but I’ve always wanted to. (Noah)

CONTRASTING  BAD PAST HABITS, WITH PRESENT IMPROVEMENT! (used to ….. & present simple tense)

I used to be stingy with my property and money, but now I am much more generous. (Hannah)
I used to be self-centred, but now I love to share and I’m open to the world. (Leonie)
I used to be a fussy eater, but now I really like all kinds of food. (Lorenz)

ANSWERING A QUESTION (with poetic imagination!)

Could you tell me the way to the rainbow? First, you have to find one in the sky, then go straight on, next you have to stop at the 10th kilometre, then turn right and put on your special suit. Finally, you can see a big chest (of gold…?) in front of you. That’s the way to the rainbow. (Felix & Lorenz)

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Andrew and Sandra were both born in Scotland and both studied at the University of St Andrews, although they didn’t know each other then. Andrew is an English teaching professional with 40 years’ experience at school and University level. He has held seminars all over Europe and is still active in professional development for teachers and in related publishing. Andrew moved to Inzing from Innsbruck in 1998. He has worked in Austria for most of his working life. He is a great reader and has an impressive library. His other interests include classic cars and football. Sandra had a varied career as a manager in public services in the UK, finally specializing in Customer Service. She spent the last part of her working life as a freelance management consultant. She is also qualified to teach English and is a member of the Institute of Customer Service (UK). Her hobbies include gardening, hillwalking and cycling. She and Andrew married in August 2006 and Sandra moved to Inzing in 2011 when they built their house in Brechtenweg. Andrew and Sandra are members of the Inzing Freundeskreis für Integration and help to run a fortnightly Sprachcafé for newcomers. Andrew was a contributor to the Radio Enterbach project in 2009 and Andrew and Sandra now make two programmes for Freirad, Poetry Café and reading Circle (both in English). They are keen to ensure that the Dorfzeitung remains a meaningful and useful publication which offers something to everyone who lives in the village.

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