🎧German Level 3, Activity 11: Podcasts und Online-Medien / Podcasts and Online Media (Online)

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Description: Students will work on their interpretive skills by listening to a news story and explaining what they thought happened. They will later present their findings to the whole class.

Semantic Topics: Podcasts, Media, Medien, News, Nachrichten, Online, Conjunctions, Konjunktionen.

Products:  News Stories from German speaking countries.  News Stories aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum.

Practices: Paying attention to the world through news stories.  Durch Nachrichtengeschichten auf die Welt aufmerksam machen.

Perspectives:  Value of learning about events happening in our country and other countries around the world.  Wert des Lernens von Ereignissen in unserem Land und anderen Ländern auf der ganzen Welt.

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 written and spoken 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 listen to and understand most of a news video.
  • I can present information from a news video.
  • I can give my opinion on a news video.


1. Discuss the Can-Do Statements with the Students.


2. Discussion Questions:

  • Schaust, liest, oder hörst du zu die Nachrichten oft? (Do you watch, read, or listen to the news often?)
  • Welche Nachrichten Programme findest du am besten? (Which programs do you like to get your news from?)
  • Was denkst du macht ein vertrauenwürdiges Nachrichtenquelle? (What do you think makes a reliable news source?)

Main Activity

1. Students will be put into breakout rooms in groups of 2-3 people.

Die Schüler werden in Gruppen von 2-3 Personen in Breakout-Räume gebracht.


2. They will be assigned a news video according to their breakout room number. (Share the links to the videos in Zoom Chat)

Ihnen wird ein Nachrichtenvideo entsprechend ihrer Breakout-Room-Nummer zugewiesen.


3. The groups will watch their assigned news video 2-3 times in order to get a good understanding.

Die Gruppen werden ihr zugewiesenes Nachrichtenvideo 2-3 Mal ansehen, um ein gutes Verständnis zu bekommen.


4. After watching their video, they will discuss what they thought it was about.

Nachdem sie sich ihr Video angesehen haben, werden sie besprechen, worum es ihrer Meinung nach ging.


5. They will return to the main room and present the information they got from their news video. Students from other breakout rooms can ask questions about their news video.

Sie kehren in den Hauptraum zurück und präsentieren die Informationen, die sie aus ihrem Nachrichtenvideo erhalten haben. Schüler aus anderen Breakout-Räumen können Fragen zu ihrem Nachrichtenvideo stellen.


Ask students the following question(s) to finish the activity:

  • Weisst du, dass du Deutsche Serien schauen kannst? (Did you know that you can watch shows in German?)
  • Welche sind deine Lieblings Serien? (If you do watch shows, which ones are your favorites?)
  • Kannst du auf Tunein Deutsche Radio zu hören? (Can you listen to German Radio on Tunein?)

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 listen to and understand most of a news video.
  • I can present information from a news video.
  • I can give my opinion on a news video.

Cultural Resources

Here is a link to a list from All Language Resources, The 20 Best Podcasts for Learning German! Here is an example of a German Podcast.


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