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An Ach-Tongue Lashing

| Learning | May 1, 2013

(Our school has just hired a new German teacher and my class is the first to get her for lessons. The following happens in the second week of term following the first test we had. As we were all new to the language the test was pretty easy, such as how to spell German in German (“Deutsch”). The teacher begins handing back tests we just took.)

Teacher: “So you all did pretty well; though there was one issue.”

(The teacher stops behind one of the boys in the class.)

Teacher: “[Student’s name], how do you spell German in German?”

Student: “I don’t know.”

Teacher: *to student* “Stand up and go outside!”

(The teacher props our classroom door open so we can hear what is being said. Note that our class was on the second floor.)

Teacher: “I want you to run up and down these stairs five times and spell out the word – D.E.U.T.S.C.H – one letter per step.”

(Our teacher stayed with the boy whilst he spelt it out twice correctly before coming back into the class. As far as I know, no one ever forgot how to spell Deutsch after that!)