HALBAN The German Language Unit (GLU) of GUtech has invited a group of students from Al Amal School in Barka to meet with GUtech students and learn more about Christmas traditions in Germany. The visit of Al Amal School to GUtech is part of GUtech’s continuous efforts to connect with the community in Oman. “Our GUtech students and students from Al Amal School were involved in a German poem competition. I am also very proud to welcome Lubna Al Balushi, an Omani poet, who has been writing German poems since she started to learn the language. Lubna accepted my invitation to read the first poem of her book to our students and staff,” said Dr. Florina Dauberschmidt, German Lecturer and Coordinator at the GUtech German Language Unit.
Among the winners of the poetry competition was Aisha Al Nasseri from Al Amal School, 12 grade. She wrote a poem about herself. “My mother encouraged me to write and it was a great experience to write in German,” she said while adding that she would like to study abroad, maybe in Germany and to become a medical doctor or a pilot later on. Arwa Al Farsi, Environmental Engineering Student at GUtech wrote a poem about the sea: “The sea is my favourite place to relax,” she said. “All poems of the students were really good, it was difficult for us to select the winners,” said Dr. Florina.
The German lecturers prepared different activities for the students. On various locations within the German Unit, the students used their different senses and learnt more about German traditions during Christmas time such as baking cookies, singing Christmas songs such as “Oh Tannenbaum” and smelling typical ‘Christmas spices’ used for various food preparations and throughout winter-time such as cinnamon and cardamom.
(c) GUtech / Text & Photo: Dr. Manuela Gutberlet & Umaima Al Zadjali