I received a Fulbright grant to be an assistant English teacher in Germany this year. I’m very excited about it. I’ve received some very warm and sweet messages already from the headmistress, teachers, and students–the school is in a small town, and they have never had a native English speaker there to teach before. I feel that I will be welcome, and have a sense that in general I won’t be headed into some inner-city-public-school-like atmosphere. I also speak Germany pretty well already. A lot of things are in my favor.
Still, I am a rookie teacher, and I figure I can use all the advice I can get for working creatively with students on foreign language. Any thoughts on good resources? Or thoughts, period?