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I am a German native speaker from Berlin who works in a secondary school in Dorset. I have been teaching for nine years from year 7 to A-Level and my specialty is using technology, puzzles and games in lessons.

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I am a German native speaker from Berlin who works in a secondary school in Dorset. I have been teaching for nine years from year 7 to A-Level and my specialty is using technology, puzzles and games in lessons.
Stimmt GCSE Murder Mystery – Menschliche Beziehungen (Chapter 3)
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Stimmt GCSE Murder Mystery – Menschliche Beziehungen (Chapter 3)

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Murder Mystery to run alongside Stimmt AQA GCSE Higher/Foundation Chapter 3 “Menschliche Beziehungen”, (some of the tasks would have to be adapted for Stimmt Edexcel.) Turn a whole chapter into a crime story! This project is intended to complement/ replace exercises from the text book and will link the pages together into one thrilling crime story. My students ask every lessons if they will find out ‘whodunit’, especially as there is a prize for the best detective! The project should not take up much more time than using the book on its own as some tasks can replace text book tasks and get students to revise the text book vocabulary in a different context. The topics included: describing appearance and character speaking about friendship family relationships and reasons why you (don’t) get on with each other weddings and opinions about marriage separable verbs future tense imperfect modal verbs Includes: • puzzle, reading, writing, listening, speaking, translation and role play tasks • film trailer for the project, powerpoint (more than 60 slides) and work booklet (12 pages) • teacher guidance (hidden in the ppt, can be seen in edit mode) • activity overview • answers to all tasks
An Introduction to France Escape Room
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An Introduction to France Escape Room

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Try it out here: https://view.genial.ly/602bdcd49f40ab0db681553f A web-based activity to introduce students to France’s geography and culture and first French words. Unlike other webquests, students here use internet research to solve puzzles and codes while learning about France . It also does not require any printing as all answers are entered and checked in the webpage. Ideal activity at the beginning of a course in French or European geography or as a fun activity last lesson before the holidays. The activity includes tasks on: • France’s location in the world • French cities • 360-degree picture quests • famous French people • French companies • Greetings in French
End of Term activity using authentic resources for beginners' German
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End of Term activity using authentic resources for beginners' German

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Here is an idea how to add more authentic resources as asked for in the new specifications. This is a worksheet and a presentation based on a German pop song and includes a gap fill, a translation task and a creative project. The song is slow and suitable for beginners but is ideally used after the introduction of numbers and plurals. (E.g. in chapter 2 of Stimmt 1). This download includes a PowerPoint with an introduction, the answer to the tasks and a translation of the text, a worksheet and a lesson plan. Note: This unit of work is based on the song Einmal by Die Prinzen. Please make sure you can access it on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZHrsf4xDE4 or somewhere else before buying. The song is not included.
An introduction to Germany Escape Room/  WebQuest
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An introduction to Germany Escape Room/ WebQuest

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New Digital Version now available Try it out here: https://view.genial.ly/5f04c16980f7af0d99101585 A web-based activity to introduce students to German geography and culture and first German words. Unlike other webquests, students here use internet research to solve puzzles and codes while learning about Germany. It also does not require any printing as all answers are entered and checked in the webpage. Ideal activity at the beginning of a course in German language or European geography or as a fun activity last lesson before the holidays. The activity includes tasks on: • Germany’s location in the world • German cities • 360-degree picture quests • famous Germans • German companies • Greetings in German
Introducing pets with Das Geheime Leben der Haustiere
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Introducing pets with Das Geheime Leben der Haustiere

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Use the new Pixar film to introduce pets in German with enough material for about 3 lessons. These lessons are based on chapter 2, units 1 and 2, pages 30-34 in “Stimmt 1” but can also be used in combination with Zoom 1 and other text books. It includes picture description and translation tasks, modelled on the new GCSE exams. Topics are pets, genders, description (body/character) and modal verbs. Some tasks are based on a YouTube clip, but can be skipped if you can’t access YouTube in your school. This download includes a 90-slide PowerPoint presentation, three worksheets and a lesson plan. Lesson Overview • Slide 2: German Trailer • Slides 3-15: introduction of animals and genders • Slides 17-26: listen and repeat animals • Slides 27-37: Pass Auf! Game • Slides 48-59: Was fehlt? Game • Slides 60-67: Speaking description words • Slide 68: writing task venn diagram description words • Slide 69-73: plurals • Slide 74: reading tasks, additional description words • Slides 75-77: listening task, ways of saying good bye • 78-84: modal sentences with “kann” • Slides 85-88: Picture description • Slide 89-90: Bingo • Slides 91-94: Translation tasks answers • Translation Worksheet • Puzzle Worksheet Note: PPT now corrected
Good Bye Lenin and Berlin Wall Puzzles
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Good Bye Lenin and Berlin Wall Puzzles

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For teaching Good Bye Lenin to 6th form students. This contains two vocabulary lists in German-English, one general Berlin Wall vocab, one more specific Good Bye Lenin film vocab, there is also a big crossword puzzle for each vocab list, including answers.
An Introduction to Spain Escape Room
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An Introduction to Spain Escape Room

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Try it out here: https://view.genial.ly/6028548d6b277f0d30ada823/game-breakout-discover-spain-escape-room-copy A web-based activity to introduce students to Spain’s geography and culture and first Spanish words. Unlike other webquests, students here use internet research to solve puzzles and codes while learning about Spain. It also does not require any printing as all answers are entered and checked in the webpage. Ideal activity at the beginning of a course in Spanish language or European geography or as a fun activity last lesson before the holidays. The activity includes tasks on: • Spain’s location in the world • Spanish cities • 360-degree picture quests • famous Spanish people • Spanish companies • Greetings in Spanish
Berlin Wall Escape Room - remote learning/ end of year activity
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Berlin Wall Escape Room - remote learning/ end of year activity

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Let history come to life with an escape room lesson! Try out a sample here: https://view.genial.ly/5ef4a659be972e0d68958fbe New version: no preparation, self marking, remote learning ready. Get students to puzzle their way through the history of the Berlin Wall, trying to stay in touch with their long lost friend Thomas on the other side of the wall. Engage students with a story website that will require them to work through a mix of text, video, jigsaw puzzles and codes to be the first one to win. This resource can be used as a revision lesson on the topic of the Berlin Wall or, with some internet research by the students, as a first introduction to the topic. It should take between 45 min and 2 hours, depending on age and prior knowledge. The new digital version is longer. As a native of Berlin I have been teaching this topic as part of my German lessons for about 10 years now. On the 3rd October, German national day, all my classes (aged 13-18) get a one lesson run through of the history of the wall and students are always fascinated by it. The topics covered here are: • the situation of Germany under the occupation of the allies after the war • the differences between East and West • why people escaped to the West • the building of the wall • what is the Stasi • what led to the fall of the wall • what happened on the 9th of November 1989 Includes: • link to dedicated story website (2 versions) • documents, excel and powerpoint files • puzzles • lesson plan • answers I have also included a powerpoint presentation of statistics showing the present-day differences between former East and West Germany and a collection of my favourite youtube videos on the topic.
Steps to the past tense
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Steps to the past tense

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A powerpoint to illustrate the steps needed to turn a French present tense sentence into the past tense, 3 different examples
Treasure Hunt Plenary Game
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Treasure Hunt Plenary Game

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A fun plenary or starter game for any subject or topic that doesn't need any preparation. On each slide there are 16 squares with five treasures hidden behind them. Students answer a question and if they get it right they choose a square and get a point/sweet/sticker if they find a treasure. There are 11 slides with treasures hidden in different places and the slide to be used can be chosen randomly by clicking the spinning wheel on the first slide. This activity is based on the gamification theory that random rewards make games more addictive and fun. Note: In presentation mode click on squares to make them disappear and reveal the treasures.
German Escape room Der Stundenplan - Remote learning End of year activity
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German Escape room Der Stundenplan - Remote learning End of year activity

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A lesson that your students will not forget quickly! Now includes a remote learning ready, digital only version. Try a sample here: https://view.genial.ly/5ee69dd40d7bd20d89ff30b6 A timetable themed escape room activity in which students need to do German language related puzzles to get a find all the codes to help Johann stay out of trouble at school . Ideal as vocab revision for the first year of German. Will keep them focused even in the last lesson before the holidays! It includes vocab from the topics school subjects and opinions, numbers, colours, telling the time, hobbies (online activities). There is a “digital only” version and a" mixed media" (digital+paper) version. The “mixed media” version is more fun because it involves the game website and real life puzzles ( jigsaws, code wheels and string activities) that make the activities more “real”, but requires quite a bit of preparation by the teacher. The “digital” version only requires one print out and can be done last minute. Student will need one computer, laptop or iPad per group. The resource includes: Link to "Der Stundenplan” website Teacher instruction, including how to put together the puzzle items and example pictures Teacher answers Powerpoint with game introduction Puzzles to print out/Files for digital versions
Good Bye lenin Escape Room
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Good Bye lenin Escape Room

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Can your students help Alex find his long-lost father’s phone number and bring his parents back together again? Can they get some Spreewaldgurken for his mum and find the money to exchange at the bank? Try the sample: https://view.genial.ly/6061c609727be90d482dfb24 Make A-Level revision fun with this educational Escape Room that follows the story of the film. It is all online and there is no marking or preparation required (but tablets or computers are recommended). Students need a good knowledge of the film and will revise: • main vocabulary • historical timeline • essay writing phrases • East vs West items • Key quotes • film technology • order of film scenes • tragedy or comedy? • passive and reported speech • the four main themes • good vs bad essay examples
6th form German Grammar Booklet - Deutsche Grammatik
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6th form German Grammar Booklet - Deutsche Grammatik

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This is a revision and reference grammar booklet (9 pages). Small enough to be always at hand while giving students an overview over all the main topics: word order, cases, prepositions, pronouns and tenses. Aimed at A-Level and Higher GCSE students.
Feste und Traditionen - German holidays and celebrations
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Feste und Traditionen - German holidays and celebrations

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The pictures in the presentation can be used to introduce and talk about celebrations in Germany and how important they to the people. It is aimed at AQA AS Level or Higher GCSE level. The first part of the puzzle sheet is a version of my puzzle sheet to go with Stimmt AQA GCSE "Wir feiern", the second part (crossword) is to aid understanding of the text on page 60 in the new Hodder AQA AS Level book. With answers on the worksheet and in the presentation. NB The presentation does not contain the description of all the celebrations, but pictures and names.
German pronunciation with sound - Deutsche Aussprache
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German pronunciation with sound - Deutsche Aussprache

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Practise German pronunciation with this 70-slide PowerPoint. It is suitable for all levels from beginners to A-Level, and can be used whenever the students struggle with a certain sound. This version includes all the word lists read out by a native speaker. There is a presentation-only version available to buy. It covers the main difficult letters/letter combinations like ‘ie’ and ‘ei’, ‘sp’ and ‘st’ and ‘J’. The sounds are practiced with the following activities: listen and repeat contrasting pairs (for students to work out the pronunciation), listen and point to what sound you hear, pair work, tongue twisters and a rule to copy down if possible. The presentation is meant to be presented in chunks, when students come across a new sound or before speaking exams. Note: the slides are not in alphabetical order but in order of how common the problem is. There is a hyperlinked index.
Weather and activities sentence builder game
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Weather and activities sentence builder game

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Sentence builder for weather and activities (Es regnet, also spiele ich Fussball). Students write down one sentence and then guess what sentence their parter has written. Can also be used as a kind of bingo game, the students write down 1-3 sentences, if they have the same sentences as the teacher they win.
"Weil" sentences
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"Weil" sentences

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The word weil wears a big boot that kicks the verb to the end of the sentence. An exercise on recogognising verbs, then some demonstrations of the boot and then some sentences for the students to work out themselves.