😁 German Level 1, Activity 01: Orientierung / Orientation (Online)

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Description: Students will learn more about how conversation activities will be facilitated and introduce themselves to one another. If there is enough time the students will strengthen their knowledge of the German alphabet by playing Hangman.
Semantic topics: orientation day, einführungstag, hangman, henker, formal, formell, informal, informelle, present tense, präsens

Products: Greetings with the formal you and the informal you in German.  Grüße mit dem förmlichen Du und dem informellen Du auf Deutsch.
Practices: Properly greeting contemporaries, elders, and those in authority in German. Zeitgenossen, Älteste und Autoritätspersonen auf Deutsch richtig begrüßen.
Perspectives: Respect for adults and persons of authority, in German speaking countries, are demonstrated in 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 für Sie 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 review the class activities.

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. Go over survival phrases that you want students to use during class.

  • 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


2. Next, introduce yourself.  Go over the proper way to introduce yourself in German and have the students introduce themselves.

  • Als nächstes machen Sie Einführungen von sich selbst. Gehen Sie den richtigen Weg durch, um sich auf Deutsch vorzustellen und lassen Sie die Schüler sich vorstellen.
  • Ich bin/heiße…


Wrap Up

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

  • Wenn es extra Zeit gibt, übe die deutsche Buchstaben mit der Hangman Spiel.
  • Vogel
  • Buch
  • Wolken

End of Activity:

  • Ask students how they felt they did, if they are not comfortable with telling you directly, they can type their answer in the chat.
  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence.
  • 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 class activities.

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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