German Level 1, Activity #01: Aktivitätsorientierung /Activity Orientation (Face to Face)

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Description: Students will go through an orientation presentation and quiz to cover the activity rules and philosophies. They will also introduce themselves to the class.
Semantic Topics: Activity Rules, Aktivitätsregeln, Hangman, Henker, Informal, Formal, Formelle, Informelle.
Products: Greetings with the formal you and the informal you in German.  Grüße mit dem förmlichen Sie und dem informellen du auf Deutsch..
Practices: Proper greeting of contemporaries, elders, and authority figures in German.  Zeitgenossen, Älteste und Autoritätspersonen auf Deutsch richtig begrüßen.
Perspectives: Respect for adults and persons of authority in German speaking countries are demonstrated through the use of du or Sie for you in German. Der Respekt gegenüber Erwachsenen und Autoritätspersonen wird im deutschsprachigen Raum durch die Verwendung von du oder Sie in deutscher Sprache demonstriert.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written language on a variety of topics.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages: 

  • Objective: COMM 1.1 Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • Objective: COMM 2.1 Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can introduce myself to others.
  • I can use survival phrases to ask for help.
  • I can understand class expectations and requirements.

Materials Needed:


1. Go through the Week 1 Activity presentation, the orientation for students. It discusses the activity rules and philosophies (listed in the speaker notes), which we call SPEAK.

  • Gehen Sie durch die erste Woche Aktivität-Präsentation, die eine Orientierung für Studenten ist. Diskutieren Sie die Laborregeln und Philosophien (aufgeführt in den Sprechernotizen), die wir SPEAK nennen.

2. Discuss how students can access the WLRC virtually and what assistance is available for them.

  • Besprechen Sie, wie Studierende virtuell auf das WLRC zugreifen können und welche Hilfen für sie zur Verfügung stehen.

Main Activity

1. Introduce yourself. Go over the proper way to introduce yourself in German and have the students introduce themselves.

  • Stelle dich vor. Gehen Sie die richtige Methode durch, um sich auf Deutsch vorzustellen, und lassen Sie sich von den Schülern vorstellen

Ich bin/heiße…

2. Go over survival phrases for the activity that you want students to use during the activities.

  • Gehen Sie Überlebensphrasen für das Aktivität durch, die die Schüler während der Übungen verwenden sollen.


  • How do you say…?
  • Wie sagt man…?
  • I don’t understand.
  • Ich verstehe nicht.
  • Excuse me?
  • Wie bitte?
  • How to speak … from?
  • Wie spricht man … aus?
  • Slower, please
  • Langsamer, bitte

3. Finally, remind students about make-up activities.

  • Erinnern Sie die Schüler schließlich an Make-up-Aktivitäten.


If there is extra time, help the students practice the German alphabet by playing hangman.

Wenn Zeit übrig ist, helfen Sie den Schülern, das deutsche Alphabet zu üben, indem Sie Galgenmännchen spielen.


End of Activity

  • Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate
    their confidence.
    (Use thumbs up/thumbs down)
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can introduce myself to others.
  • I can use survival phrases to ask for help.
  • I can review the activity activities.

Cultural Notes:  Linked here is an article discussing the importance of creating some stress free environments during language learning.  As a helpful reminder for students, this article will be linked in the Cultural Notes section in the first activity of each section..

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