GERMAN SPEAKING PRACTICE CARDS - 50 QUESTIONS WITH 50 SUGGESTED RESPONSES TO GET YOUR STUDENTS TALKING CONFIDENTLY IN GERMAN WITH A GRAMMAR FOCUS ON THE USE OF SEIN IN THE PERFECT TENSE
My German students really enjoy working and learning together in pairs or in small groups with these cards. They can go at their own pace, and as their confidence grows, they are keen to move away from the suggested questions and answers, initially using them as a frame of reference, and create their own - I always give them a question and answer template to do this. I’ve found that speaking in German is definitely the biggest challenge for many students, and this is really a great way of helping them develop their confidence, as well as competence. I use various sets of cards on a very regular basis across the school year - we also revisit them from earlier years too. The focus here is on the use of SEIN IN THE PERFECT TENSE - grammar worksheets are valuable, but a multi-skill approach to grammatical concepts is very effective, and the variety itself keeps students engaged.
There are lots of possible ways to use the cards, and I’ve described a number of activities that work really well in my German classroom. We use the comprehensive reference book, with all 50 questions and answers written in full in German, as a year-round reference resource, and also for quick whole-group translation and vocabulary quizzes - revisiting language in different ways is a really successful way of embedding language. I’ve also included a quick conjugation reference of all the verbs I’ve used, those taking both SEIN and HABEN in the perfect tense, 82 verbs in total - and given the first person in the present, perfect and imperfect tense, so that students can see the infinitives, the perfect tense auxiliary and the imperfect tense too. For additional info, they can see whether a verb is regular, irregular, separable or takes accusative/dative.
Try to laminate the cards if you can - one set per small group of students is fine - it’s extra prep (and expense) but absolutely worth it - they are far more learner-friendly when they are laminated, and do last for absolutely year. The 14-page reference book is good to go - download, print and photocopy. If your copier has a staple and double-sided function, the best format is double-stapled down the left-hand side.
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