KIEZgroup (Lower Intermediate Group)


 A Lower Intermediate group (hosted by the Bruno Taut Laden)  in their room in the Ladenstraße, Onkel Toms Hütte U-Bahnhof

Tuesdays  12.30 – 14.00

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




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!



Welcome to 2020!   We are reading an ‘easy’ version of Harriet Beecher-Stowe’s classic

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Here is the lesson I’ve planned for Feb 18th B TL 18th Feb 2020

You need to click on the blue letters to get a pdf of the lesson. (It doesn’t include the listening this time.) It includes this sentence:

For homework read to p. 93 for 25th Feb

and the end for the beginning of March.

Mark important lines and statements! Or do you prefer making right/wrong?  Then do that!


Here’s the lesson for 25th and the listening:

B TL 25th Feb 2020


Please finish the book for March 2nd


I’m planning to move on to EAT, PRAY, LOVE  by Elizabeth Gilbert in the Oxford Bookworm series (level 4). Et so far I don’t have enough second hand for everybody.  However, I will buy them from you for 5 euros later.

For March 10th please read the chapter: Beginning (pages 1 – 12). Here is what I plan to talk about

BLT March 10th 2020 A P S Beginning

For March 17th please read up to page 21 where Elizabeth is in Italy. We had a good discussion today, Tuesday 10th. Plenty to talk about. Next time we’ll look at the words: recipe, prescription etc and also ‘justify’ – sich rechtfertigen and ‘solve’/’solution’ – lösen, die Lösung. 

Just for fun I brought along a poem which is fun to listen to and to speak: 

From a Railway Carriage

Robert Louis Stevenson

Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle,
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.

Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;
Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;
And there is the green for stringing the daisies!
Here is a cart run away in the road
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone for ever!

From A Child’s Garden of Verses (1885)

You can try reading it to yourself at home and see if you can make it sound like a train moving along!


Here is the lesson for March 17th and the homework for 24th (finish chapter ‘Italy’, make right and wrong sentences for section 6)  BLT 17.3. 2020 Italy pp – 21 and later


 Do you have any wishes?  Let me know.  What other topics or technqieus are you interested in?


After the Coronovirus break: 

We are now at the end of June and preparing to move on to ‘David Copperfield’. 

We are meeting in Elisabeth’s garden and will soon move the time forward to 11.30.

These are recordings of each chapter!


For Tuesday June 30th please read the introduction to the Pearson English Reader David Copperfield. You will find out soon why I have chose to read this book!  

One reason: cd review radio times          

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On Tuesday, June 30th we’ll be talking about the introduction to the book.

When did Dickens live (about)? (1812 – 1870 Christmas Carol 1843))

What do you know about him and his books? (Have read any with or without enjoyment?)

What was happening in Britain, USA and in Germany during that time? (NB He went to USA more than once on reading tours!)

Do you know the names of other British authors of the nineteenth century?

Which authors were popular in Germany at that time?



a. Do you remember how you reacted to reading the first quotation? (Where is it important what sex a baby seems to be? Past and present.)

b. Do you know any Dickens’ characters (cf p. v) Uriah Heep is really a scoundrel (Schuft) who has as his leitmotif that he is “‘umble” because that is what his mother has taught him but really he isn’t, because he is greedy!

c. The reader wants to find out if David will find happiness is a world where cruel people are weak and good people are strong. Correct?

d.Dickens’ books are about the chldhood of rich and porr. Correct?

e.David Copperfield is about a search for happiness. Correct?


f. Dickens was the oldest/youngest of eight chldren.

g. His father was sent to prison because he had stolen a loaf of bread. Correct?

h. He had to work hard when we was of school age. Correct?

I. He t rained as a lawyer and liked the work. Correct?

j. He was 25 when his first book was successful. Correct?

k. His wife bore him ten chldren but then he left her for a duchess.

l. He lived into a ripe old age. Correct?


In addition most of you will have listened to the first mp3 download and we’ll talk about how easy or difficult it was to understand it.

For next week please read chapters one and two. 

For next week (7th?) please read chapters 1 and 2. Task: Pick out five sentences to read out and we should know who says them or what they are about.


Here are some additional exercises about the book that we’ll be using: acativitiy david copperfield

And here is information about what was going on in the rest of the worlod when DIckens was writing this bookStein Kulturfahrplan 1849


In connection with the introduction here is a link to the song from OLIVER the musical

(Both)Oliver, Oliver
Never before has a boy wanted more
Oliver, Oliver
Won’t ask for more when he knows what’s in store
There’s a long, thin winding stairway without any banister
Which we’ll throw him down
And feed him the cockroaches served in a canister

(Widow corney)Oliver, Oliver
What heavens pray will the govenors say

(Widow corney) They will lay the blame on the one who named him

(Mr. Bumbble) Ol-i-ver