Auf Deutsch is a German-language ITV schools TV series from the 1960s, covering German Language for secondary school pupils.
A series of interviews with people from Germany about their life and work, with props from their life to discuss with the interviewer in a simple question and answer format.
In the autumn term all of the guests come from the town of Wedel in north West Germany near Hamburg. A range of school children, young people and local professionals are interviewed, culminating with the town's mayor.
The programmes were made at ATV's studios in England and all of the guests were invited over specially to make the programmes in the UK, rather than in their home environment.
The interviews aimed for natural language speaking and were not carefully controlled for comprehension of every word, rather viewers were expected to be able to understand the overall gist of the conversation from the context, rhythm, repetition and visual cues. In each episode some key vocabulary was highlighted in a 'close-up' section with deliberate speaking and visuals showing an important message.
This philosophy of natural language taking priority over detailed grammatical work was the speciality of the programme advisor, Mary Glasgow, who also published a successful range of educational books and magazines. The programmes were intended for students studying in the fourth and fifth forms at school towards their secondary school examinations, but were not linked directly to any exam syllabus.
After one year of national broadcasts, and another of repeats to schools in the Midlands, West of England and Wales only, the series was replaced by another new venture in German by television from ATV, in the form of a drama series called Wir Waren Vier.
The programmes were made in England, with guests from various places in West Germany.
Episodes were titled in German, and an 'official' English translation of the title was also provided in the TV Times magazine. Both are listed here.
|1.||Unser Jugendheim||Our Youth Centre||17 Sep 1962|
|2.||Die deutsche Bundespost||The German Postal Service||24 Sep 1962|
|3.||Das Abitur winkt||The Exam in Approaching||1 Oct 1962|
|4.||Der Kuchenkünstler||The Artist in Cakes||8 Oct 1962|
|5.||Die Krankenschwester erzählt||The Nurse's Tale||15 Oct 1962|
|6.||Vorsichtig fahren!||Drive Carefully!||22 Oct 1962|
|7.||Ein Quartett aus der Schule||A Quartet from School||5 Nov 1962|
|8.||Mahlzeit!||Have a Good Meal!||12 Nov 1962|
|9.||Der Adventskranz||The Advent Wreath||19 Nov 1962|
|10.||Der Bürgermeister Spricht||The Mayor Speaks||26 Nov 1962|
|11.||Zu Hause in Deutschland||At Home in Germany||14 Jan 1963|
|12.||Besuch aus dem Wald||A Visitor from the Forest||21 Jan 1963|
|13.||Ein Anzug aus Samt||A Suit of Velvet||28 Jan 1963|
|14.||Mit Rucksack und Wanderkarte||With Rucksack and Walking Map||4 Feb 1963|
|15.||Marzipan ous Lübeck||Marzipan from Lübeck||11 Feb 1963|
|16.||Schmuggler und Grenzen||Smugglers and Frontiers||18 Feb 1963|
|17.||Aschenputtel kommt zu Besuch||Cinderella Comes on a Visit||4 Mar 1963|
|18.||Das Rote Kreuz im Edelweis||The Red Cross in the Edelweiss||11 Mar 1963|
|19.||Jeden tag etwas Neues||Something New Every Day||18 Mar 1963|
|20.||Silber, Gold und Stahl||Silver, Gold and Steel||25 Mar 1963|
|21.||Der Mann im Trainingsanzug||The Man in the Track Suit||29 Apr 1963|
|22.||Allein auf de Lokomotive||Alone on the Engine||6 May 1963|
|23.||Die Lübecker Knabenkantorei||The Lübecker Boys' Choir||13 May 1963*|
|24.||Fertig und nach Mass||Ready-made and Made to Measure||20 May 1963|
|25.||Sehr geehrter Herr||Dear Sir||10 Jun 1963|
|26.||Willkommen an Bord||Welcome on Board||17 Jun 1963*|
* - Die Lübecker Knabenkantorei was previewed as part of an Out of School programme on Monday 31 December 1962 at 15:01 on ITV
* - Willkommen an Bord was previewed as part of an Out of School programme on Thursday 18 April 1963 at 11:26 on ITV
|1962-63||Autumn 1962, Spring & Summer 1963||Mon||14:35||Tue||12:20||Wed||15:26||ITV||Mon shown nationally|
Tue in ATV & TWW regions only
Wed in ATV region only
|1963-64||Autumn 1963, Spring & Summer 1964||Tue||15:28||Wed||13:30||ITV||Tue in ATV region only|
Wed in ATV & TWW regions only (including former WWN region from spring)
There were teacher's notes available for each term.
Sources & References
- ATV (1962) School Broadcasts Programme Outlines school year 1962/3. Birmingham: Associated Television Limited. p.8
- Birmingham Post television listings, 1962-64.
- Cline, Sally (1962) 'First ITV School Lesson for under-10s' in TV Times (Northern Edition) no 359, 14 Sep 1962. pp.8-9
- Liverpool Daily Post television listings, 1962-64.
- The Times television listings, 1962-64.
- TV Times television listings, 1962-64.
With thanks to Roddy Buxton, Ben Rigsby and Trevor Wells
- ATV (1962) makes clear that the programmes were recorded in England, not Germany: "A number of people have been invited to come to England from Wedel and will talk about their homes, their life, their work and their play."
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