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Ok so I was in a local newspaper last week.........

Ok so last week I did a workshop in Colchester and found out I was in the Local newspaper!

Below is the write up by Owen Bennet I found at:

I was sent this newspaper shot by the good Melissa Capes who organized the whole thing for the school

Thomas Lord Audley School pupils learn to rap... in German

PEOPLE often complain they do not understand the language of today’s youth.

But things are about to get a lot more difficult now youngsters are rapping in German.

Thomas Lord Audley School, in Colchester, invited a rap artist to help pupils, aged 13 and 14, with their German lessons.

Karl Nova, who describes himself as a poet, rapper and freedom writer, helped the teenagers adapt the German they had learnt into lyrics on life in Colchester.

Francesca Mahon, a Year 9 pupil, said: “It’s great. It’s something new and a different way of learning.”

Ashleigh Greene, who is also in Year 9, agreed it had brought the language to life. She said: “He’s really good at rapping. We should do this more often.”

The day was organised by Melissa Capes, head of modern foreign languages at the school, in Monwick Avenue, who was voted National German Teacher of the Year for 2009.

As well as a session on rapping, the students also spent time making a video with specialist Toby Roberts, and a soundtrack with musician Dan Dolman.

These were then mixed with the rap.

David Boggis, assistant headteacher, said: “Karl enthused and captivated the students with his contemporary and engaging approach.

“The clear message was music and rapping, key elements of youth culture, can be used in a different context to help improve learning of a language in a much more inclusive way.”

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Matilda said...

You know German!!?!? :-)

Anonymous said...

"PEOPLE often complain they do not understand the language of today’s youth."



Tonda said...

Congrats! You and the students look like you were having fun.

Karl Nova said...

@Matilda: I don't know any german! hahahah! My job was to teach the basics of creative, writing and rap with the assistance of a german teacher present and then get them to write in German

@Martha: I don't understand the ??? I didn't write the piece above.

@Tonda: Thanks! I appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

LOL! i know you didn't write it. I was just thinking that the youth don't really have an outlet to be themselves and are rarely portrayed in a positive light. All we see is the negative image of youths, that is what people know, it is no wonder no one bothers get to know them that much really.MO


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