1 Was wir tun, wenn der Aufzug nicht kommt-Katja Berlin, Peter Grünlich

Was wir tun, wenn der Aufzug nicht kommt

How good do graphs get?  Well I was thoroughly tickled when I picked up this book in Dortmund airport recently and it's currently a big hit in Germany.

The book takes dozens of scenarios from our daily lives, mainly around niggling irritations and then extrapolates a graph or other form or graphic from each of them.   The statistics are based on ironic humour and prejudice rather than on statistical surveys and cover a wide range of topics which will be familiar to language teachers.

A typical example would be Was Menschen in Horrorfilmen machen, wenn sie jemand Fremden im Haus hören.

The pie chart gives very, very thin slices to

Die Polizei rufen

Sich verstecken


and 95% of the pie chart to Nachsehen, woher das Geräuch kommt

You will find other examples by clicking through to the Amazon link on the right.

Already, seeing the language there, you can relate to the topics and the potential oral exploitation.  Content with little explicit language is so much easier to use to get students talking-making suppositions etc.

For anyone looking for a chuckle and to lay the myth that the Germans have little sense of humour, this is the perfect tool.

Part two

The link on the right is to the Kindle version of the book.  Did you know  you can download the Kindle application to use on your desktop?

You can download it here.  Download page

Using the Kindle version of the book hooked up to your laptop you have an easy way of getting a good starter talking point on the whiteboard for GCSE or A Level.

Buy the book