German Resources and task ideas to facilitate students' meaningful use of German
Pair task sheets with readers
Hayley Johns of St Thomas’s School uses as many little German readers as she can lay her hands on. These two tasks relate to two of the sets of German readers from Australia that many of us use, but are now out of print. The readers can be borrowed from Wendy. But the ideas from these tasks can be adapted to other readers.
A group of the 2008 teachers in Auckland put together this German version of the Märchen Rotkäppchen (Little Red Riding Hood) as a text that could be used as a Co-operative Logic Exercise.
Finde die Personen?
Adrienne Plowright, from Farm Cove Intermediate School used this "Find the people" activity to get her students walking around talking to each other in German. Each student had a new unique identity (their ID card at the bottom of the page was filled out). They had to ask each other questions to find the answer for each question in the grid: e.g. Was ist deine Adresse? Woher kommst du? Hast du eine Schwester? Wie ist sie?
A huge variety of questions could be asked, so this is an opportunity for sustained conversations in German. The grid and ID could be adapted to suit your own class and learning intentions.
Here is the original of the co-operative logic exercise on the folk tale.
Pam, Alison and Janet made this reading card resource for a story about football.
Alison Glenny of Stanhope Road School has provided this great grid for getting the whole class moving around asking and responding to the question "Hast du Geschwister?"
Jude’s ‘Madagascar’ profiles
Judi Delbridge, of Ellerslie School, provided these descriptions of the characters from the film "Madagascar". You could use these as a listening or reading task. Maybe don’t tell the students they are from the film Madagascar at first or it will be too easy.
A hint, if they need it, could be: Sie sind nicht Personen......
A second hint, if they need it, could be: Sie sind Tiere......
Quartett for practising using numbers
Tania Everleigh of Murrays Bay Intermediate School has provided this "Happy Families"- type activity. In German this type of game is known as ‘Quartett’. It challenges the learners to converse in German in order to try and win all cards in a family. The language they need is numbers and the questions Hast du ...(Christian / Sabine ....)? Wie ist sein / ihr Familienname? Wie alt ist er /sie? Wie ist seine / ihre Telefonnummer? Wie ist die Postleitzahl?
It also provides a meaningful context for increasing students’ use of such formulaic expressions as nein; ja; wie bitte?; ich weiß nicht; tut mir leid; du bist dran; ich bin dran; wer ist dran; ...... ist dran.
Ein Sonntag bei Familie Mayer
Kerrie Marks of Pukekohe Intermediate School used this simple description about a family in the garden for a lesson which had her students listening, acting, speaking, reading and writing in German. Her lesson sequence is included here. The story contains many cognates and could be adapted for Spanish or French.
Interactive revision activity
These cards were created by Pam Stewart of Glen Eden Intermediate School. Her students hadn’t had German for a term and she wanted them to revise the basic questions one uses when getting to know someone.
German reading tasksheets
These are German reading tasksheets to accompany some basic readers for use with primary and intermediate classes learning German. They have been made up by Doris Anschober, who used them with her classes at Springbank School. Doris translated simple readers that you probably have in your school in English. She kindly shares her translations here too. Doris commented in her action research about improvements and changes she would make to these tasks. You may like to adapt them.
Helen Brunner’s students have these placemats on their desks. “They seem to work well”, Helen says, “though I still have to remind them by pretending not to understand when they ask for something in English! Some boys started combining phrases straight away (eg. Es tut mir leid, ich weiß es nicht). H… managed to memorise from Day 1: „Es tut mir leid, dass ich zu spät komme!” – he uses it regularly!!!