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Michael MillerBy Michael Miller
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Michael MillerBy Michael Miller
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$1,370
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 14 2014 5:59 PM UTC +00:00

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I am an award-winning German teacher committed to providing the best instruction I possibly can. I have developed an innovative curriculum that is used across the country by those willing to take on a more natural approach . . . an approach that seeks to speak the language naturally rather than focus on grammar. I would like to expand this reach by providing a series of free short (10 minute) videos, each about a particular phrase or word. Such videos could be used by German teachers, German students, or anyone interested in picking up German in a fun and natural way. The videos will simply use the phrases in a variety of contexts . . . primarily in questions and answers, stories, anecdotes, cultural explanations as well as a variety of tenses. While other online German courses tend to focus on either a grammar lesson or a list of vocabulary with little repetition, my approach will flood viewers with comprehensible input and lots of it. My silly Jr. High humor should help keep the lessons lively and engaging. Along with a free web series, I hope to create a companion ibook for iPad that would also be a free download. I will also develop a series of teacher resources (worksheets, teaching ideas, quizzes, etc.) that would be available for schools to purchase for a nominal fee.

I have a unique opportunity to take a sabbatical to create these videos. I am seeking money from Kickstarter to supplement the salary I would receive during the sabbatical (which is 2/3 of my normal salary), buy a dedicated computer with lots of storage to hold large video files, camera, mic, lighting and green screen equipment, video editing programs, web design programs, web hosting and various props and costumes. 

I have set up a sample website to get the idea across. It's just a simple representation at this time but should help you to see my vision and what I can do with some borrowed equipment. Here is the link.

I will embed one of the lessons here. This one focuses on the phrase "es gibt" (there is/are). 

Would you like to see another demo of how I can speak in German and make it easy to follow along? That's what a comprehensible input-based approach seeks to do. Here is a little sample based on the word Flasche, which means bottle. This is a quick, raw, unedited version but I'll bet you can follow a lot of what I'm saying, even if you don't speak German.

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 Note to German teachers: I know there are several mistakes here. I just wanted to get the idea of CI across.

I wish I could offer more satisfying rewards, but as this is a free product, I had to offer awards that wouldn't cost any money. 

Risks and challenges

This project is dependent on acceptance of a sabbatical from my school district. If I am not granted the sabbatical for this project, I won't be able to do it at this time. I would have to forgo the money or possibly see if I could take half of the money for purchase of equipment and simply go at a slower pace.
Technical issues can, of course, delay a project of this magnitude. I can usually overcome such challenges, but one never knows. Each 10-minute video will probably take the better part of 8 hours. Making a hundred of these videos in six months will require quite a time commitment.

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