German Level 2, Activity #08: Arbeit und Leben / Work and Life (Face to Face)

Picture of a desk with a computer on a stand, notepad & pen, second screen and plants
Ken Tomita
Description: In this activity, students will be practicing forms of Konjunktiv II and discussing job related topics.
Semantic Topics: Subjective, Konjunktiv, Grammar, Grammatik, Jobs, Jobs, Beruf, Future, Zukünftiger, Zukunft, Income, Einkommen.

Products: Bingo Cards over goals and dreams.  Bingokarten über Ziele und Träume.

Practices: Learning about other students goals and dreams.  Lernen über die Ziele und Träume anderer Schüler.

Perspectives: When building friendships, it is important to value the goals and dreams of others. Beim Aufbau von Freundschaften ist es wichtig, die Ziele und Träume anderer wertzuschätzen.

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
  • Standard: 3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through German

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.
  • Objective: CONN 1.2 Relate information studied in other subjects to the target language and culture

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can use different forms of Konjunktiv II.
  • I can talk about what job I would like to have.
  • I can talk about where and how I would like to live.
  • I can say how much I would like to earn.

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1. Would you rather…?

Würdet ihr lieber…?

  • Live alone or with friends?
    • Alleine oder mit Freunden wohnen?
  • Work abroad or in Boise?
    • Im Ausland oder in Boise arbeiten?
  • Think about the future or the past?
    • Denken Sie an die Zukunft oder die Vergangenheit?

Main Activity

Dream Living – Traum Leben Tic Tac Toe

Before the activity print and cut-out the Bingo cards.  One per person.

Students will walk around the room asking several of the posted questions about where the students would like to live, what they would like to be, at what age they want to retire, how much they want to earn, and with whom they would like to live. Have students try to get around eight to ten spots filled in instead of the usual 4 in a row.

Die Schüler werden durch den Raum gehen und einige der geposteten Fragen stellen, wo die Schüler gerne leben würden, was sie gerne sein würden, in welchem Alter sie in Rente gehen möchten, wie viel sie verdienen möchten und mit wem sie leben möchten.Lassen Sie die Schüler versuchen, etwa acht bis zehn Plätze anstelle der üblichen 4 in einer Reihe zu besetzen.

1. Hand out the bingo cards.

Verteilen Sie die Bingo-Karten.

2. Students should ask the questions on the slide to other students. (Explain the underlined words if they do not understand).

Die Schüler sollten die Fragen auf der Folie anderen Schülern stellen.(Erklären Sie die unterstrichenen Wörter, wenn sie nicht verstanden werden).

  • Students should answer in complete sentences.
  • Schüler sollten in einem vollständigen Satz antworten.
    • Where do you want to live?
    • Wo möchtest du wohnen?
    • I want to live in California.
    • Ich möchte in Kalifornien wohnen.
  • After answering each student should write their answer on the bingo card of their partner.
  • Nach der Antwort sollte jeder Schüler seine Antwort auf die Bingokarte seines Partners schreiben.
  • After each student has asked the other a question, they should find someone else to ask.
  • Nachdem jeder Schüler dem anderen eine Frage gestellt hat, sollte er jemanden finden, den er fragen kann.
  • Continue until someone has 10 answers or there are 5 minutes left till the end of the session.
  • Fahren Sie fort, bis jemand 10 Antworten oder 5 Minuten bis zum Ende der Sitzung übrig hat.


Ask the students what should be reviewed in the activity next week. The topics are on the slide.

Ask the students what should be reviewed in the activity next week. The topics are on the slide. 

  • What should we repeat?
  • Was sollen wir wiederholen?

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 use different forms of Konjunktiv II.
  • I can talk about what job I would like to have.
  • I can talk about where and how I would like to live.
  • I can say how much I would like to earn.

Cultural Notes:  Here is a video from Easy German over Friendships in Germany.

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