KIEZgroup (Lower Intermediate Group)


A Lower Intermediate group(supported by the Mittelhof) in KIEZladen,Onkel Toms Hütte U-Bahnhof

Tuesdays  12.30 – 14.00

To download this week’s homework go to the bottom of this text.

10 Kiezladen Mittelhof

Inh. Stadtteilzentrum Mittelhof e.V.
Ladenstraße 27/28, 14169 Berlin
Telefon: 801975-40
s. Kurs-Termine im Schaufenster


I expect we will usually start our time together talking about our (mainly) cultural experience in the previous week. We will also do some other warming-up activities.

Then we will talk about something you have read at home and what you have been thinking about. Some of you know each other, others are new. We will experiment with talking in a big group and talking in pairs or groups of three.

We’ll start by talking about autumn, how you experience it and what you like and dopn’t like about it. We’ll also be listening to some (easy) stories of people who did something in their lives which needed courage. So we’ll also talk about being courageous.

(Stories of Courage, Clare Grey, Penguin Active Reading – but you’ll listen as much as read.)

‘Talking’ means just that – but also looking at the words you need, nicer words for the ones you think of – and so on. You can tell me what you would likte to do – and see if other people agree with you!

Look at this picture from a book called CHANGEMAKERS:

(Nobel Peace Prize winner W. M. is presenting a young refugee now living in a refugee camp in Tanzania with a prize. It is called ‘The Children’s Peace Prize’. This picture was taken in 2009.)

We have talked a bit about autumn and migration (birds)  – and then moved on to something more positive than the news we hear every day: there is a Children’s Peace Prize and we  are looking at information about the childred who have won it – and for what.

KIEZgroup Oct 10th

KIEZ 17.10.17 page 1

KIEZ 24th Oct

In the lesson from 24th you will read that there is some reading to be done from photocopies for Nov 7th (no class on Oct 31st which is a public holiday). If you do not have this paper please get in touch with me and ask for it. I can send it to you. It is from the book: CHANGEMAKERS but you won’t be able to buy the book.

On 7th we will look at the information about the different prize-winning children and decide which of them we will read more about.

Not everybody in the group knows each other so please make an acrostic with your name and interests for for 7th Nov, too. Thank you.

We have started our Christmas reading: The Before-Christmas Present by Rosamunde Pilcher

:1) pilcher vocab before xmas first pages

2) vocab Before-Christmas-Present

3) first three pages of before xmas present

4) spotlight interview pilcher

Here is the lesson from Dec 5th KIEZgroup Dec 5th
Welcome to 2018!
We are talking about biographies and autobiographies, why they interest us – and reading a fictional autobiography – of Patrick Bronte, the father of the famous three women authors from Yorkshire, Charlotte, Emily and Ann.
Here is the lesson for January 9th which includes the homework.
Here is the text for anybody without a book: chap 1 Thew Brote Story by Tim Vicary
(Sorry about the typing mistakes but I can’t change them now!)
There is a trailer to a tv programme called ‘Being the Brontes’ that you can see at
For Tuesday January 30th please read chapters 2 and 3 and practise reading one of the poems about ‘Wind’. .KIEZgroup Jan 16th 2018 Starting The Bronte Story

For Feb 13th read chapters 7 and 8, for 20th read chapters 9 and 10.

Chapter 7

‘When you are blind you listen to things carefully’ – talk about that and your experience.

Chapter 8

Acton Bell, Ellis Bell, Currer Bell: p. 39 re Jane Eyre; p. 40 re Agnes Grey; p. 41 re Wuthering Heights.

Tuesday Feb 13th is pancake day: pancakespancake tuesday.

Here is today’s lesson: Kiez Group 13th Feb 2018 Brontes, chapters 7 and 8 and pancake Tuesday

For Tuesday February 27th you have already finished reading the book. Please read this:

Mrs Gaskell from her life of C. Bronte

and see if you find out anything new about Charlotte.

On March 13th we’ll be talking about:

I also suggest you consider these three podcasts – and choose on which I will prepare in bits for class:

1) TheDocumentary-20180307-HerStoryMadeHistoryEllenJohnsonSirleaf

or ‘live’ at

Her Story Made History: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The Documentary

Lyse Doucet travels to Liberia to talk to former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who was the first elected female head of state in Africa.


or ‘live’ at

The Swedish Ambassador’s Guide to Britain

The Documentary

Nicola Clase, Swedish Ambassador to the UK for six years until 2016, is fascinated by the British mindset and, unusually for a diplomat, goes out to meet ordinary people in an attempt to understand it better. She travels to all four countries in the UK, talking to farmers, postmen, writers and to some about to adopt British citizenship for the very first time.

3) TheDocumentary-20180225-TheLostWorldOfTheSuffragettes

or ‘live’ at

The Lost World of the Suffragettes

The Documentary

In the 1970s, historian Sir Brian Harrison embarked on a huge project to record the experiences of women who had been part of the UK suffrage movement in the early part of the 20th Century. Now in the 100th anniversary year of women in Britain finally being granted the vote, journalist Jane Garvey listens through some of the 205 tapes to get an idea of their lives as well as the risks and sacrifices the women made in their fight for equality.

On Tuesday March 20th (or before) you’ll start reading Michael Rosen’s biography of Roald Dahl – and on that day we’ll read a bit of it together as well as deciding what you will read when we don’t have any classes. (You have the dates.)