This is a 36 page booklet covering basic grammar for GCSE level. It uses simple, none topic specific vocabulary as the focus is on grammar. There are simple explanations, exercises and solutions at the back of the booklet. I also give this to prospective Year 12 students to work through over the summer as a reminder/preparation for the AS level. I also have the whole thing as a Smart Notebook document, where answers can be revealed. Selected parts could also be used with good KS3 groups. 20 Grammar points are covered. Please see below.
• Personal Pronouns Page 3
• The Present Tense of Regular Verbs Page 5
• Irregular Verbs in the Present Tense Page 7
• Haben and Sein Page 9
• Separable Verbs Page 10
• The Perfect Tense with Haben Page 11
• The Perfect Tense with Sein Page 14
• The Perfect Tense with Haben and Sein Page 16
• The Future Tense Page 17
• Modal Verbs Page 19
• Word Order (Simple) Page 21
• Word Order (Complex) Page 22
• Word Order (Time, Manner, Place ) Page 23
• Prepositions with the Dative Case Page 24
• Prepositions with the Accusative Case Page 26
• Dual Case Prepositions Page 28
• Plurals Page 29
• Relative Clauses Page 31
• Questions Page 32
• Comparatives and Superlatives Page 33
• Solutions Page 35
Two versions of a GCSE German speaking preparation booklet, one with sample answers and one without for students to prepare themselves. Both booklets are higher level. The student booklet has lines under each question to guide them as to how much they should prepare. Originally based on AQA, but will still be useful for other exam boards. A similar booklet for foundation is also available.
A double sided worksheet that will last an entire lesson. Ideal for cover work. Students can work independently on a variety of tasks of increasing difficulty. Answers and other useful vocab provided for non-specialist cover teachers. Ideas for open ended tasks provided at the end as an extension or for early finishers. Concentrates on the perfect tense with haben, regular and irregular past participles.
A full lesson (can also stretch to 2) I did as an observation with Y11 on the topic of "Umwelt". It concentrates on the skill of writing for the outgoing controlled assessments, but it will still be very useful in the new spec as it is also about general writing skill and translation. This lesson comes with a PP, handouts, a help sheet for foundation candidates and ABCD posters for the plenary, where students had to turn to the correct letter stuck around the room. This lesson has been awarded "outstanding" twice. It is based on the Heinemann Higher book for GCSE but includes a help sheet for weaker pupils. I can also send you the lesson plan on request.
UPDATED DEC 2018 TO INCLUDE A NEW YOUTUBE LINK. THE OLD VIDEO HAD DISAPPEARED!
A lesson based on the German Peppa Pig episode “Schnee”. Would be good as a Christmas activity, that’s not just “watching a video” and has lots of educational content. Covers lots of winter vocab (to do with snow), body parts (on the snowman), clothes (hat, gloves etc.) and lots of basic verbs (bauen, machen, lachen, weinen, finden, sagen, fragen) mostly in the present tense (one bit in the perfect) and adjectives (kalt, warm, zufrieden). Includes a starter with extension, a gap fill and a vocab translation exercise. Oh, and another file with answers.
Edit: I’ve added a work sheet with gaps to be filled. This can also be cut up and used as an ordering exercise.
Another edit: I’ve added an easier version. I used the harder one with Y10 and top set Y9 and the easier version with Y9 middle sets.
Worksheets based on the film “Ferdinand” about a bull who doesn’t want to be a fighter. I used this with my lower set Spanish group who are not continuing after the end of year 9. The film and resources are in English, but have cultural references to Spain and there are also quite a few Spanish words to spot. Linked to this , we also did a lesson debating bull fights. This resource includes: Main Character summaries, comprehension questions and answers on the film trailer, comprehension questions and answers on the whole film. There are 45 questions on the whole film comprehension question sheet. Unfortunately, I have had to hide a lot of them, as TES are showing far too much in the preview! When you purchase the resource, just delete the black boxes covering some of the sheets.
A double sided worksheet that will last an entire lesson. Ideal for cover work. Students can work independently on a variety of tasks of increasing difficulty. Answers and other useful vocab provided for non-specialist cover teachers. Ideas for open ended tasks provided at the end as an extension or for early finishers. Language included = sports and hobbies vocab, regular and irregular verbs in the I, you, he/she/it and we forms, Some time phrases and the odd bit of extra vocab (which is provided in a list at the end)
A double sided worksheet that will last an entire lesson. Ideal for cover work. Students can work independently on a variety of tasks of increasing difficulty. Answers and other useful vocab provided for non-specialist cover teachers. Ideas for open ended tasks provided at the end as an extension or for early finishers. Language included = 10 animals and their plurals, numbers up to 10, einen/eine/ein and keinen/keine/kein. Could be laminated and used again in the future.
This is one of the units from my GCSE German/Preparation for AS Level German Grammar booklet. This one is on personal pronouns. It consists of a very clear explanation with diagrams and exercises to complete afterwards to consolidate learning. I also have this available as a Smart Notebook document where the answers can be revealed to the whole class as you go along. I have left it very plain on purpose. Feel free to add your own decoration if you want!
UPDATED FEB 2017. SOME OUT OF DATE QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN CHANGED AND IT'S BEEN MADE LONGER.
A treasure hunt that I use every year on my Rhine trip to the Boppard area. The treasure hunt takes around an hour and you can edit it to meet students wherever you want (I suggest in a nice warm café with Kaffee und Kuchen). It start in the main square and I suggest sending group off with staggered timings, or even get different groups to start at different questions. I also give extra marks for speed, as long as they have answered everything!
This is a reading activity aimed at Year 10/11 on the topic of “Social Issues”. It focuses on the FSJ (Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr) so is ideal for the part of the course on “voluntary work”. The reading text itself is quite challenging (as it is adapted form an authentic resource), but I have also included a vocab list and underlined the words in the text which are included on it. There is also a set of comprehension questions to work through.
This is a lesson based on the French Halloween Song "La chanson des squelettes" on Youtube. It comes with PowerPoint and 3 different worksheets, gradually getting more challenging. I have used this with Year 7 mixed ability, but would be good for any KS3 classes. It also fits in quite well with the topics of daily routine and time and also the grammar point of present tense (3rd person plural) - it's good to illustrate the pronunciation (or lack of!) of verbs ending in -ent.
Two verb wheel templates for forming the perfect tense in German. One is for “haben” verbs and one for “sein”, although if you wanted, you could save card/photocopying charges by putting "haben"on one side and “sein” on the other. The sections have been left blank for students to enter their own verbs, but a 3rd slide has been provided with lists of suggested verbs. Obviously, you can choose different verbs or even type the rest in for them to make the activity quicker. I have tried to choose verbs most commonly used by secondary school students. You will also need some split pins for this activity. I’m going to use it as an end of term activity for my year 9 classes who will then put them in their folders at the beginning of year 10.
Two versions of a GCSE German speaking preparation booklet, one with sample answers and one without for students to prepare themselves. Both booklets are foundation level. The student booklet has lines under each question to guide them as to how much they should prepare. Originally based on AQA, but will still be useful for other exam boards. A similar booklet for higher is also available.
This is a resource that I originally made to help my Year 11 with their pronunciation for one of their upcoming speaking assessments. It features many of the main commonly mispronounced sounds, with various example words. It the builds up to a slide with a mixture of words and sounds, culminating in some really long words, just for fun!
As a bonus, I have left in the last activity which was to help my class memorise a paragraph, something which, obviously, we are moving away from again, but still might be useful (it seemed a shame to delete it anyway!)
I made this lesson for a Year 11 taster session in the summer term. I wanted to pick something they were familiar with, so chose the topic of "family" but used resources from Zeitgeist rather than Nelson Thornes 1) because I think Z is easier and 2) because we use NT in Year 12 so didn't want them repeating the same work later. It comes with a PowerPoint, handouts and a vocab sheet. You can make this last 2 hours if you include the extra grammar activity. This can, of course, also be used with actual Y12s!
Instructions and resources for making a card with a pop up Eiffel Tower inside and some interesting facts about the tower. Great for end of term or other French cultural lessons. Would suite primary, Year 7 and even my Year 8s still like it.
I've written detailed instructions on how to do it. Even my bottom set managed, but if you're struggling, let me know and I'll send you a picture of a finished one!
This is a lesson I made as part of the "Overcoming the Monster" topic where students had to eventually write their own monster story. It focusses on how to write an epic battle/final showdown section and also on the more general theme of how to use language to improve writing i.e. using powerful verbs, adjectives, similes, metaphors etc. I have based it on a section near the end of "Stormbreaker" when Alex battles the jelly fish. The resource includes a PP and the extract from the book which you/pupils can read out or you can use the audio book which are available on YouTube.
This is the first in a series of lessons which I wrote for a skills (rather than topics) based scheme of work. It covers basic greetings and numbers up to 10 but the main focus is on setting up the class with the skills to work out things for themselves. The focus for this lesson is pronunciation. These lessons can be used alongside Echo/Echo Express 1. (They would probably also go with any beginners course). The lessons were originally written for set 1/2 year 8 beginners but could be adapted for year 7 mixed ability learners.
This is the second in a series of lessons which I wrote for a skills (rather than topics) based scheme of work. It covers the alphabet but the main focus is dictionary skills in order to set up the class with the skills to work out things for themselves. These lessons can be used alongside Echo/Echo Express 1. (They would probably also go with any beginners course). The lessons were originally written for set 1/2 year 8 beginners but could be adapted for year 7 mixed ability learners.