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


We 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.

‘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!

Thank you  v e r y  much for your generous gift of cinema tickets –

as well as for learning in such good moods during 2018!

I can already recommend the film RBG. We read about Ruth Bader Ginsburg last year and I also sent you an article about her.


Welcome to 2019!

You have all been looking at different short stories that are available in bilingual editions – so we’ll see which of them you recommend for reading when we meet on Jan 8th 2019.

I’ll be bringing with me  Jack London’s ‘Call of the Wild’  a Penguin Active Reader called ‘Mysteries of the Unexplained’. The first is fiction and you’ve probably heard of it, the second is a bunch of articles about different phenomena which, despite our growing knowledge of science, are still unexplained – so it’s non-fiction. In the course if 2019 we’ll certainly read both.

In addition, you have the ‘Rebel Girls’ at home. Perhaps you would like to read and discuss a few more. After all this is where I first met RBG and Maria Reiche of the Nazca lines, which come up again in ‘Mysteries of the Unexplained’.


KIEZ Group Jan 15th 2019 Chap One of Mysteries – (plus Are we alone? BBC)

1. Read with your neighbour(s):

I’ll give you a sequence of numbers: 1,3,5,7 and ask you what is the next one.

I’l give you a sequence of letters: z x v t. What comes next? r

The consequence of reading a lot is knowing about a lot of books.

Kids like consistent teachers. They only threaten with things they really also do.

Kids are well-served by consistent parents who always stick to the same rules.

If you practise most things consisently they you get better at them, sometimes more quickly than others.

If we consistently eat far too much the consequence is sure to be getting fat.

If we consistently practise a few words the consequence will be that most of you remember most of them.


What is the consequence of jogging consistently every morning?

What is the consequence of consistently eating only sweet stuff?

Discuss your answers in the big group: ……………………………….

2. luck happiness power strength

a) She won a lot of money in the lottery so she is very …………….

b) She has met the man of her life so she is very …………….

c) She has heard that the chemotherapy is having a good efect so she is very……

d) They say that the people who live in Bhutan are the …………… st in the world.

e) There is a British joke:

They say you can’t buy………………….. But that is only true for the people who haven’t found the right shop.’

f) The question is, who should have the ………………….., the government or the people.

g) People who do weightlifting (consistently) have very …………… arms (and backs?)

h) In some countries men are more ………………… than women and in other societies is it the opposite.

I) It takes a ……………. will to train to swim from Calais to Dover.

m) Some people who are …………….ful have great strength of mind.

B U T you need a powerful engine in your car or your boat in order to be able to move very fast.

3. Chapter One of your book – questions and exercises!

4. Is there anyone out there?

This question is the subject of a 23-minute programme called ‘The Inquiry’ on the BBC World Service.

It’s a question humans have asked forever. Are we alone in space? But it wasn’t until the late 1960s that humans started an organised, systematic hunt for extra-terrestrial intelligent life. We have listened to radio waves, peered through the celestial dust and beamed The Beatles to distant planets. So how’s it going? Is there anybody out there? This is the story of the search for extra-terrestrial life. (You can listen to the whole programme by going to:

We’ll listen to the last two minutes.

21 11 pilosphical questions….There are even more esoteric questions to consider, too, he says.

If we did discover alien life, what effect would that have on religion?

A few years ago…at a meeting where this very issue was discussed. A Jesuit from the Vatican observatory was there and he had this question for the group: His question was: Would you baptize an extra-terrestial? And his answer was: Only if it asked. 21.38

Ethical… How should we treat aliens? What should their moral status be? 21.44

Then there’s the question of who should speak for the world? 21.48 The UN …

So what are the answers?

Well, no-one has any answers … (Who should get together?) Astronomers, philosophers, anthropologists, politicians together 22.01 …talking about these problems.

It’s always better to have a plan. The plan doesn’t always work but it’s always better to have these things sorted out ahead of times. 22.12

22.12 So: Is there anyone out there? Well, as you’ve heard, so far we’ve found no hard evidence of alien life. In all the decades of searching. Nothing. 22.17

But there’s another way to look at it: it’s a question of probability. As there are 40 billion planets in our galaxy alone it seems unlikely that we’re the only planet to have evolved life. So, yes, there probably is life out there. But will we ever find it? May be. Or – will it find us first? 22.51”

For next week (22nd ) please read chapter two – Do you know of any more examples?

At home if you wish: Are We Alone In The Universe? The Real Story (60 mins discussion)

It’s an old question, but despite many estimates …that our own Milky Way galaxy could contain up to a million alien civilisations, the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence begun in 1961 has so far failed. This week on The Real Story we ask a panel of space scientists: are we any closer to finding extra-terrestrial life? What new approaches are showing promise? How will we know if we’ve found it? And what might that life be like?

Funding for SETI – as it’s known – has also been a problem, although private money has partly filled the gap. But SETI scientists are now hopeful

that, after a 25-year pause, the US Congress will mandate NASA to spend ten million dollars a year, for the next two years, renewing the search.


For January 29th please read chapter three. We warmed up today with the story about Nessie – or not about Nessie. I’ll bring you the text you listened to, next week. Or post it here.


Apart from consequent and consistent we also talked about these terms that you’ll be learning for next week:

Of course if you want to contrast brave and ………………….. that is also different in German and English.

Which words do you know for the opposite of brave (Engl.) ………………………..

We talked about brave = courageous;

What about adventurous, daring and gutsy?

Guts = Eingeweide but brave is gutsy. (Especially as: She’s a gutsy woman.)

There is also confident, of course.

And the opposites: afraid, diffident, spineless, weak…..and many more.

If someone is brav I suggested well-behaved, but there is also

dutiful = pflichtbewußt usw , and also prissy = zimperlich, brav, überkorrekt but I would have translated that as something like ‘far tooo good’ (horrible!) spießig.

For Feb 5th we are returning to the story of strange disappearances. Please read the photocpies of part of an Agatha Christie story that I gave you. We’ll start the last few pages together without a translation in class and then you can finish it yourselves at home.


If we con……………………ly (always, often, regularly) eat chocolates in our classes like we did last week we will con………………ly get fatter. (The con….. will be getting fatter.)

We are ……………………, we think, to have been born on a continent where there is a democratic system and little serious poverty. We have every reason to be ………

The un………………. ones have to flee or migrate.

I used an impolite word to describe Bourbon whisky meaning it doesn’t taste good in the mouth. (Gaumen = palate). We might also say that we find it imp……………. to have certain parties in parliament or certain people as President of USA.

What do you say if you have deceived somebody successfully: Look, there’s Nessie! ……………………………… How do we describe the quiet grandeur of our favourite mountains and lakes? S……………………(noun) ……………..…….. (adj)

If you can shut your eyes and hear the water of a lake or the sea it either

l……..s or the waves b………………

For March 5th you read chapters 5 and 6.

For March 12th we’ll be finishing off the whole book about Mysteries of the Unexplained – and possibly starting to talk about the gold rush and/or husky and other working dogs before starting to read and to listen to ‘Call of the Wild’ by Jack London (level three Oxford Bookworm).

You will work from photocopies but also listening to some chapters without reading (unless you want to).

NB no class on April 2nd  Read chapters 1 – 4 of Call of the WIld. You can listen here: Each listening unit is one chapter.


We meet on 7th May, 21st May and18th June. Please write that down somewhere !

That is the end of the first half of 2019


On May 7th we’ll finish talking about The Call of the Wild

On 21st May we’ll talk about an excerpt from Michelle Obama’s book  M O 10            M O 12          M O 14       M O 16      vocab Michelle Obama Learning the piano

On18th June we’ll talk about one or more stories by Saki : Tooth and Claw.

Do have another look at the REBEL GIRLS – we could do to talk about a few of them!