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A collection of speaking, listening and vocabulary-building exercises based on the Deutsche Welle video 'Oeko-Hauptstadt Hamburg'. Suitable for advanced (post A-level) learners of German. Answers are provided.
These exercises (and answer sheet) are based on the short story 'Türken pflanzen immer nur Bohnen' by Gisela Schalk. The story is available in: Teichert et al. (2004). Allerlei zum Lesen, Houghton Hifflin. The short story as well as these exercises are suitable for (lower) intermediate students (~AS level). They would fit well into a unit on national stereotypes, character traits or a discussion on tolerance.
This exercise is based on an article of the 'Frankfurter Rundschau' which is freely available on the internet (link provided in document). Reading the article/looking up unknown vocabulary can be given as homework, so that the class time can focus on the discussion itself. The questions should be used as prompts for discussion (first in pairs/followed by a class discussion). Depending on the confidence/ability of students, it might be helpful to give them 5-10 minutes to think about the questions and make some bullet points before starting the discussion.
In this exercise students plan a short trip through Germany in small groups, which they then present to the other students in class. As such, it is very much a research and speaking exercise. It was written to be used with laptops/computers and internet access available during class time. However, the research part of the exercise could also be given as homework and it could then be used in a more traditional setup. This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ Please attribute Livia Schanze when re-using.
This is an exercise that might be useful in putting students at ease during their first lesson with a new teacher. Students have to talk to each other to find out information. While this particular exercise is in English, it would also work well if translated into any other language. This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ Please attribute Livia Schanze when re-using.
A series of reading, writing, listening and speaking activities based on Heinrich Heine's famous poem 'die schlesischen Weber'. Suitable for advanced (post A-level) students of German. Answers are provided.
Speaking and listening exercises for advanced learners of German, based on the police drama 'Tatort'.
Pair work speaking exercise aimed at describing contrasting personalities; based on 10 pictures of a German newspaper comic strip (Strizz); can be expanded as a class discussion about stereotypes; suitable for intermediate to advanced learners (AS level and above)
This learning object is in German, and considers how the internet can be used to practise speaking in German.