ALEVEL GCSE GERMAN SPEAKING CONVERSATION PRACTICE QUESTION AND ANSWER PROMPT CARDS CARDS - 250 questions with 250 suggested responses which really help students develop confidence and competence in speaking German - 500 cards in total, with five reference books. This is a collection of five sets of German speaking question and answer prompt cards. Each set featureskey vocabulary and grammatical concepts from advanced beginner to advanced intermediate German.
Each set has a particular key focus:
Beginner German conversation
Advanced beginner to intermediate German conversation with a cultural flavor
Questions and answers with an emphasis on German separable verbs in the present tense
Moving on from Set 3, looking at German separable verbs in the perfect tense, which is also useful for word order
looks specifically at 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. A multi-skill approach to both speaking and listening practice, as well as 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 books, with all 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. My students also use the reference books as a writing frame to help them craft new questions and answers for each other - they really enjoy doing this. We revisit the Notes and Next Steps regularly - students write their reflections on progress, note any new language or grammatical concepts that they encounter, and it acts as a guide to inform whole-group discussion about learning and progress in general.
Sets 3 & 4 includealphabetical separable verbs lists German-English and English-German. Set 5 also includes a quick conjugation reference of all the verbs I’ve used in that set, 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 years. The reference books are 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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