Creative Activities for your German Class

New Series - Welcome to the 12 week series of video-podcasts produced by PDST Technology in Education as part of its Scoilnet / German.ie initiative. Each week, Simon Green from Challenging Ideas will talk teachers through how they can incorporate a new creative activity into the Junior Cycle MFL classroom.

Week Three

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Previous Episodes

Week One                                

STROOP - Playing with German

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/22072/21795.pptx Added: 31 Mar 2017 Contributor: Simon Green Resource type: Lesson Plan / Presentation

Show a list of nine nonsense words in five different colours and ask one pupil to read out loud the colours in sequence (in English) and not the words. Time the activity. Check the time – usually ten seconds or so.
Now repeat the exercise (same pupil) but this time in German. Check the time. Compare times.
Comment: meaning can interfere with form and many pupils find German difficult because they are taught implicitly to look for meaning first and form second. By reversing this process and slowing it down, we help the pupils to think more creatively about the German they are learning.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
German

Strand: 1. Communicative Competence

Strand unit: Spoken Interaction/ Sprechen

Suggestions for use: 1.15 take part in routine classroom interactions such as pair and group work, asking questions, language games and activities.


Strand: 2. Language Awareness

Strand unit: 1. The Workings of the Target Language

Suggestions for use: 2.2 apply all language learning to creative activities such as producing simple games.


Strand: Topics

Strand unit: Colours/ Farben

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TY Core Subjects

Strand: A Language

Strand unit: German

Asset type: Presentation
Language: German
Rights: Attribution-Noncommercial Share Alike Creative Commons
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Week Two                                

Colour Dictation

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/25099/24823.pdf Added: 23 Nov 2017 Contributor: Simon Green Resource type: Lesson Plan

This is an exercise emphasising the high skill element in learning German - a dictation exercise using colours

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
German

Strand: 1. Communicative Competence

Strand unit: Listening/ Hören

Suggestions for use: 1.2 recognise frequently-used words and phrases related to areas of immediate relevance and experience.


Strand: 1. Communicative Competence

Strand unit: Spoken Interaction/ Sprechen

Suggestions for use: 1.11 interact in routine exchanges with pronunciation and intonation which is clear enough to be understood and with appropriate non-verbal language.
1.15 take part in routine classroom interactions such as pair or group work, language games and activities.


Strand: Topics

Strand unit: Colours/ Farben

Suggestions for use: A simple dictation exercise for individual pupils that becomes progressively demanding.

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TY Core Subjects

Strand: A Language

Strand unit: German

Asset type: Document
Language: English , German
Rights: Attribution-Noncommercial Share Alike Creative Commons
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Week Three                

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Konkrete Poesie

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/23128/22851.pdf Added: 19 Jun 2017 Contributor: Simon Green Resource type: Presentation

These six short poems are examples of "konkrete Poesie" - the form of the poem is as significant as the content. Acknowledgements to the Goethe-Institut for permission to use these poems.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
German

Strand: 1. Communicative Competence

Strand unit: Reading/ Lesen

Suggestions for use: Read each of the six short poems out loud. The first one "Konjugation" is short and to the point. The second "empfindungswörter" seems innocent enough - it can be read in many ways. The third "Markierung einer Wende" is more effective if you cover up the last word "mai" and invite pupils to guess what it could be. The fourth poem "unbestimmte zahlwörter" invites the question: was? That can led to an interesting discussion about Geman history. The fifth "Worte" shows two ways in which words can affect us - a wall or a bridge. The sixth is a play on words about the German notion of "ordnung". Invite the pupils to write their own poems in a similar fashion.


Strand: 2. Language Awareness

Strand unit: 1. The Workings of the Target Language

Suggestions for use: 2.2 apply all language learning to creative activities such as producing simple poems and games.

TY
TY Core Subjects

Strand: A Language

Strand unit: German

Asset type: Document
Language: German
Rights: Attribution-Noncommercial Share Alike Creative Commons
Special Needs:

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