Questions and activities relating to the Goodbye Lenin film. Creative writing homework task (good one for the holidays) to imagine they are a teenager in the DDR at the time of the Wende and to write diary entries about what they experience.
Useful resources from various sources- many thanks to contributors-and some PowerPoints I have used to support.Thanks to 'madaleinejones' for handouts, which I have adapted for the individual characters.
Part of a series of lessons to improve essay writing skills about Goodbye Lenin. 11 idioms are introduced and practised through exercises that are directly linked to the movie. Am a native German speaker so if my English idioms are not quite spot on, just
This is a good song for discussing love or to use for Valentine Day (Valentinstag). The lyrics are fairly simple and the tone is cute and sweet about a young couple.
Power Point with link to song and directions for a grammar search of subordinating conjunctions (mostly wenn) and relative pronouns (often was).
A handout of the lyrics with a quickly translated text and a fill in the blank worksheet that targets subordinating conjunction or relative pronouns.
Teenagers are more connected that ever and yet they seldom have any understanding of major world events. This handout is targeted toward broadening student's global horizons in a format that is not overwhelming for them. Instead of picking single articles for students to read I have them research world headlines (link to Deutsche Welle site included in handout directions), thus reducing the stress or frustration they may feel when assigned full articles.
I assign this to all levels of German even upper levels. I find that the more background knowledge students have about world events the easier it is for them to understand target language text I choose to work on.
The purpose of this activity is to show students how big of a player Germany is in the world news. Now more than ever Germany is leading Europe through turbulent times. Students should be aware of how their language skills and background knowledge about Germany could be an asset in their future careers if they choose to work in an industry involving the global market.
Evolving into a successful German student and Global Citizen is an essential goal for any language program!
I generally take my students to the computer lab to do this for a 50 minute period. That way I can walk around and discuss the topics they are looking at together. The conversations have been very interesting and I can tell they learn a lot. I also don't force them to only focus on Germany, because knowledge of all world news help them to develop an interest in the large world, thus increasing their interest of foreign study, which would increase their interest to continue with the language.
This assignment is designed to fit with Denk Mal Lektion 2.
The students are researchers and have to consider the problems of living in the city and support those problems with evidence. Then they have to suggest realistic solutions to those problems and explain them.
I have my students do this using Vocaroo a free online voice recorder.
This assignment is designed as a research project that encourages students to research authentic websites for information and uses web 2.0 resources to complete the presentation portion of their project.
I have the students complete the assignment as a Google Document, but it could also be done as an in-class project or used in a online German class.
If done in class this project would take about 3- 50 minute class periods.
The students are travel agents in the city of Berlin and they need to access the web ( or have access to print outs of the web info) to complete 4 activities:
1. Research 6 sites in the city of Berlin
2. Use googlemaps.de to give directions to lost tourists
3. Record themselves giving the directions using the online free recorder Vocaroo.com
4. Record themselves giving a sales pitch to tourists and why they should visit Berlin