3 Audio book version of text being studied.

Audio book version of text being studied

I've recently been working on Die Verwandlung by Kafka and was delighted to find what I thought was a really good audio-book version of the novella.   I downloaded the mp3 files from www.vorleser.net and opened them in the Readdle App on my smartphone to play them (other options are offered when you try to open the file).    I do a 4 mile walk every two or three days and like to listen to podcasts of an improving nature so began to listen.

Ingrid Maclean is currently working on the book for www.alevelgerman.com but I agreed to do the page by page vocabulary to help me top up my failing memory-I therefore had the whole, admittedly not very long, narrative in my head.  

The novella was read by Karen Schulz-Vobach and was well produced with frequent spooky sound effects and I was struck by several things.   I do find reading complex German sentences challenging and was surprised to find to what extent hearing the text read meaningfully, with emotion, highlighted the meaning and brought it back stronger into my consciousness.  

My suggestion is that it would be extremely useful to get students to go back over, via the audiobook, the section/chapter they have just been covering to help capture it in the mind in a more meaningful way.   I think it's certainly worth trying-it also helps students internalize the musicality and rhythm of well written language. 

The alevelgerman.com set of resources on die Verwandlung is due out shortly and will comprise full page by page vocabulary, a gapped summary of the text, questions, contextualized grammar and sample essay plan and essay.

One can also imagine using the audio version of the text to practise dictation of particular extracts or as a way of getting students to think of the context in which a short extract occurs.  

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