German Level 3, Activity #13: Musik / Music (Face to Face)

Colorful photo of a musical staff with notes, reses, bass clef, and treble clef signs.
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Description: Students will practice listening to German song lyrics for understanding and will ask and answer questions about different artists.

Semantic Topics: Review, Rezension, Lyric, Text, Music, Musik, Adjective,  Adjektivgebrauch, Questions, Fragen.

Products: Music Training Link, Link zum Musiktraining, Question Cards, Fragenkarten.

Practices: Understanding people through the type of music they enjoy.  Menschen durch die Art von Musik verstehen, die sie genießen.

Perspectives: Value in every type of music and in individual preference.  Wert in jeder Art von Musik und in individueller Vorliebe.

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 effectively use the vocabulary I have learned throughout the semester.
  • I can be interviewed in German and answer questions in detail.
  • I can speak German for an extended period of time.


1. Students find a song that they like.

Die Schüler finden ein Lied, das ihnen gefällt

2. They then choose what level they want but a beginner level is recommended.

Sie wählen dann das gewünschte Niveau, aber ein Anfängerniveau wird empfohlen.

3. They should choose then choose the to fill mode instead of write mode (in the top right corner of the video area.)

Sie sollten dann den Füllmodus anstelle des Schreibmodus auswählen (in der oberen rechten Ecke des Videobereichs).

4. They don’t have to make an account.

Sie müssen kein Konto erstellen.

5. They can repeat a line (or it will automatically repeat if they miss the word) and can also pause the video if they need to catch up.

Sie können eine Zeile wiederholen (oder sie wird automatisch wiederholt, wenn sie das Wort verpassen) und können das Video auch anhalten, wenn sie aufholen müssen.

Main Activity

Guessing Game

1. Students will each be given a set of the question suggestion cards. They will walk around the room asking other students questions and trying to guess who their favorite artist is.

Die Studenten werden alle einen Set von Fragenkarten bekommen, dann gehen sie um den Klassenzimmer und fragen andere Studenten verschiedene Fragen um zu versuchen ihr lieblingsmusikkünstler herauszufinden.

  • Instructors should wander about,  making sure students are interviewing each other.
  • Die Lehrer sollten umhergehen und sicherstellen, dass die Schüler sich gegenseitig interviewen.

3. Students will group back together once finished.

Die Schüler gruppieren sich wieder, sobald sie fertig sind.


Ask the students which artist they had the most difficulty figuring out. Which one was obvious?

Frag die Studenten welche Musikkünstler war am schwierigsten zu raten und welche war offensichlich?


  • 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 effectively use the vocabulary I have learned throughout the semester.
  • I can be interviewed in German and answer questions in detail.
  • I can speak German for an extended period of time.

Cultural Notes:  Anya shares 5 German Artists You Must Know,    In a very fun video the Easy Germans share The Most Annoying Song Ever.

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