German Level 3, Activity #12: Debatten / Debates (Face to Face)

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Description: Students will practice defending their opinions and beliefs by taking stances on different topics. They will practice being able to explain their reasons for being in each position.

Semantic Topics: Debate, Debatte, Environment, Umwelt, Technology, Technologie, Opinions, Meinungen, Facts, Fakten, ,if-then,  Wenn-dann.

Products: Situation Cards, Stance Cards.

Practices: Debating present-day topics in German.  Diskussion über aktuelle Themen in deutscher Sprache.

Perspectives: Value of the freedom of speech.  Value of other people’s ideas and convictions.  Wert der Meinungsfreiheit. Wert der Ideen und Überzeugungen anderer Menschen.

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 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 defend my arguments in a debate.
  • I can exchange opinions with people on different topics.
  • I can debate about topics regarding the environment.

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Warm-up

Discussion Questions:

1. Do you eat organic food or do you care what you eat?

Isst du bio Essen oder ist es dir Egal was du isst?

2. Do you eat meat or animal products like milk and eggs? Is there a reason not to eat it?

Isst du Fleisch oder Tiers Produkte wie Milch und Eier? Gibt es ein Grund sowas nicht zu essen?

3. Do you always go by car or are do you use  other options, e.g. bus or bike?

Fahren Sie immer mit dem Auto oder nutzen Sie andere Möglichkeiten, z. Bus oder Fahrrad?

4. Do you use recycling or do you throw everything in the trash?

Benutzt du das Recycling oder wirfst du alles in Müll?

5. Are there other options for electricity, e.g. wind or solar energy?

Gibt es andere Möglichkeiten für Strom z.B. Wind oder Solarenergie?

Main Activity

Each person picks a situation and stance card that they will then defend in a small debate whether they agree with what has been chosen or not.

Jede Person wählt eine Situations- und Haltungskarte aus, die sie dann in einer kleinen Debatte verteidigen, ob sie mit dem Gewählten einverstanden sind oder nicht.

WRAP-UP

Ask students if they have been persuaded to make any changes because of what they heard in the debates.

Fragen Sie die Schüler, ob sie aufgrund dessen, was sie in den Debatten gehört haben, davon überzeugt wurden, Änderungen vorzunehmen.

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 defend my arguments in a debate.
  • I can exchange opinions with people on different topics.
  • I can debate about topics regarding the environment.
Cultural Notes:  Here is a fun Easy German video about How to Argue in German.

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Let's Chat! German by Alexandria Crandall; Annika Henderson; Brenna McNeil; Camille Daw; David Crasper; Emma Eason; Erica Laursen; Jacob Cortez; Julia Dryer; Katherine Bukhantsov; Luca Heid; Mary Berheim; Mimi Fahnstrom; Naia Robinson; Nicole Woychick; Reagan Solomon; Robin Wagner; Sarah Lausch; Shawn Moak; Shelby Cole; Sophie Campbell; Stephi Arth; and Zahra Akbari is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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