🚌German Level 3, Activity 04: Reisen durch Berlin / Traveling Through Berlin (Face to Face)

Photo of the Brandenburg Gate at sunrise.
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Description: Students will use a map of Berlin to give directions on how to navigate from one landmark to another.

Semantic Topics: Directions, Anfahrt, Wegbeschreibung, Berlin, Navigate, Navigieren, Travel, Reisen, Map, Landkarte, Landmarks, Sehenswürdigkeiten, Commands, Befehle.

Products: Map of Berlin,  List of Tourist Attractions in Berlin.  Karte von Berlin, Liste der Sehenswürdigkeiten in Berlin.

Practices:  Learning how to navigate Berlin with a map. Provide instructions to various tourist attractions in the German language.  Lernen, wie man sich mit einer Karte durch Berlin navigiert. Geben Sie Anweisungen zu verschiedenen Sehenswürdigkeiten auf Deutsch.

Perspectives:   Value associated with foreign travel to a world capital.  Wert, der mit Auslandsreisen in eine Welthauptstadt verbunden ist.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World Readiness Standard

  • 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 ask for directions to a place.
  • I can give directions from place to place.
  • I can tell someone where something is located.

Materials Needed:


Have the students think about what sort of international travel have they done? How did they communicate with others? Have students talk in pairs then come back to the group and describe what the others have done.

Müssen die Schüler darüber nachdenken, welche Art von internationalen Reisen sie unternommen haben? Wie haben sie mit anderen kommuniziert? Lassen Sie die Schüler zu zweit sprechen, kommen Sie dann in die Gruppe zurück und beschreiben Sie, was die anderen getan haben.

Main Activity

1. The instructor will share the slideshow with the map of Berlin with the students.

Der Dozent wird die Diashow mit der Karte von Berlin mit den Schülern teilen.


2. The instructor will then put students into groups and assign them two Berlin landmarks.

Der Lehrer wird die Schüler dann in Gruppen einteilen und ihnen zwei Berliner Sehenswürdigkeiten zuweisen.


3. The students will work together to decide how to get from one landmark to the other.

Die Schüler werden zusammenarbeiten, um zu entscheiden, wie sie von einem Wahrzeichen zum anderen gelangen.


4. The instructor will bring the students back together and ask the students to show them how to get to these places.

Der Lehrer bringt die Schüler aus den Breakout-Räumen zurück und bittet die Schüler, ihnen zu zeigen, wie sie zu diesen Orten gelangen.


List of Landmarks to Assign:

Liste die Sehenswürdigkeiten zu zuweisen :

        • Großer Tiergarten (The Tiergarten (zoo))
        • Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
        • Der Stadtbad (The Stadtbad)
        • Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate)
        • Alexanderplatz U Bahnhof (Alexanderplatz Subway Station)
        • Fritz SchlossPark (Fritz Castle Park)
        • Fernsehturm (Television Tower)
        • Oberbaumbrücke (Oberbaum Bridge)
        • Berlinischer Galerie (Berlin Gallery)
        • Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)
        • Brotfabrik Cinema and Cultural Center Brotfabrik (Bread Factory Cinema and Cultural Center Bread Factory)



Ask the students what their favorite place they have traveled to is, and what their favorite sight they saw there was. Another option could be having a debate about which sights are more important to visit and why.

Fragen Sie die Studenten was ihre Lieblingsreise jemals war, und was ihre Lieblingssehenswürdigkeiten dort war. Eine andere Aktivität könnte sein dass die Studenten eine Debatte über welche Sehenswürdigkeiten am wichtigsten zu besuchen sind machen.

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 ask for directions to a place.
  • I can give directions from place to place.
  • I can tell someone where something is located.

Cultural Resources

Attached is the link, “What Do You Like About Berlin” from Easy German..

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