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

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Description: Students will learn more about how conversation activities will be facilitated and introduce themselves to one another.
Semantic Topics: conversation guidelines, introductions,  aktivitätsregeln, 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 State Content Standards: 

  • 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 Activity 01 presentation which introduces conversation activities and some important guidelines. It discusses how activities are setup, Can-Do statements, and guiding principles (listed in the speaker notes), which we call S.P.E.A.K. (Spontaneous, punctual, engaged, apply, kind)

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.

Main Activity

1. Introduce yourself to the students. 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.


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



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 understand class expectations and requirements.

Cultural Resources

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..  https://languagelearnersjournal.com/2018/05/14/is-stress-impacting-your-language-learning-ability/

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