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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.
German numbers escape room - remote learning/ end of term activity
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German numbers escape room - remote learning/ end of term activity

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A lesson that your students will not forget quickly! Digital version - no prep - self marking Try it here: https://view.genial.ly/5efcfb7c9ac3580d7dc7b88a/game-breakout-sample-alien-uber-deutschland Students are immersed in exploring a secret space facility to find the alien and practise German numbers and dates on the way as well as cultural skills like recognising Euro coins. There are two versions included: A new digital only version which can be played on any device. The original version which includes some documents to print out to use in class. Answers included.
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
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
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.
Stimmt 3 Chapter 3 (Meine Ambitionen) GCSE Style role play, picture description and translation
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Stimmt 3 Chapter 3 (Meine Ambitionen) GCSE Style role play, picture description and translation

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Get your students used to GCSE-style questions early on with translations (Eng-Germ and vice versa), picture description and role plays based on vocab learned in Chapter 3 Stimmt 3 Red. This download includes: -PowerPoint with three pictures with questions in German and optional English to guide students along. The first picture can be used as example/writing task, the other two for pair work. -translation worksheet -two role play cards for student pair work -example answers for speaking and translation tasks included in the PowerPoint. More chapters available soon! Note: vocabulary slide should be first in ppt, was put to back so preview on TES shows pictures.
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.
Puzzles for Stimmt GCSE Green School Chapter 1
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Puzzles for Stimmt GCSE Green School Chapter 1

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Save over 60%! A collection of fun puzzle worksheets practising school vocab from chapter 2 Hobbies in AQA GCSE Stimmt! Green book. Includes three word puzzles per topic and answers. Ideal as cover work, homework or revision work.
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
Lying game
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Lying game

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A game for the first lesson in a new group or as recap of first few chapters of book. This is an example of 4 sentences in German, one of which is a lie. Every student writes 4 sentence about themselves, and then go around getting other people to guess which one is a lie.
"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.
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
Treasure Hunt - Places in Town and Directions
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Treasure Hunt - Places in Town and Directions

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A fun game that can be used to practise speaking about places in town and giving directions. Works best if there are prizes for finding the treasures! There are 5 maps with streets and town buildings (church, hospital ect) and three hidden treasure per slide. Students have to guess where the treasure is by naming the place of giving directions there, when you click on the place it reveals either an empty space or a treasure. The third slide turns the whole game into a race between different teams. In stronger classes they could practise prepositions and cases/genders (in der Kirche/ au stade ect) The last two slides are more detailed to practise more complex directions like ‘over the bridge’, ‘at the traffic light’ ect.
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.
Euros and prices
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Euros and prices

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Use the PowerPoint to show what Euro coins and notes look like (including German, French and Spanish coins) and the worksheet to practise recognising euros and writing prices in the target language. The example and the answers are in German but otherwise the worksheet can used in any language.