German Level 3, Activity #06: Berufe / Professions (Face to Face)

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Description: Students will discuss and answer questions relating to different professions, as well as what they might do during an interview.

Semantic Topics: Interviews, Vorstellungsgespräche, Interview, Professions, Beruf, , Traumjob, Future Tense,  Futur.

Products: Profession Cards, Berufskarten.

Practices: Socially appropriate conduce in job interviews.  Sozial angemessenes Verhalten bei Vorstellungsgesprächen.

Perspectives: The value of employment and the value of a second language in the workforce.  Der Wert der Beschäftigung und der Wert einer zweiten Sprache in der Belegschaft.

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 identify various professions.
  • I can give my opinion about interview behavior.
  • I can describe my dream job.

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Warm-Up

  • Pass out the profession cards.  Each student should let the others look at their card without looking at it themselves.  One student will be chosen to guess the correct occupation.
    • Verteilen Sie die Berufskarten. Jeder Schüler sollte die anderen auf seine Karte schauen lassen, ohne sie selbst anzusehen. Ein Schüler wird ausgewählt, um den richtigen Beruf zu erraten.
  • The other students give hints about what the job could be by describing it without explicitly saying what it is.
    • Die anderen Studenten werden Hinweise geben, um was der Beruf sein konnte. Ohne zu sagen, was es wirklich ist.
  • Once the student has guessed the word, the next student will get to guess the job and so on.
    • Wenn der Student ratet die richtige Antwort, geht das nächsten Student dran.

Main Activity

Discussion questions

    • Ask the students what they should do to prepare for an interview? (use imperative form or indefinite ‘you’ form)
      • Fragen Sie die Schüler, was sie tun sollten, um sich auf ein Vorstellungsgespräch vorzubereiten. (Verwenden Sie die Imperativform oder die unbestimmte „Sie“-Form)
    • Ask the students what they should do in an interview to stand out? (use imperative form or indefinite ‘you’ form)
      • Fragen Sie die Schüler, was sie in einem Vorstellungsgespräch tun sollten, um aufzufallen. (Verwenden Sie die Imperativform oder die unbestimmte „Sie“-Form)
    • Ask the students how can the interviewerer make someone more comfortable?
      • Fragen Sie die Schüler, wie der Gesprächspartner es jemandem angenehmer machen kann.
    • Ask each student, what’s the hardest question they have  been asked in a job interview?
      • Fragen Sie jeden Studenten, was die schwierigste Frage ist, die ihm in einem Vorstellungsgespräch gestellt wurde? 
    • Ask the students what are their dream jobs/where would they like to work?
      • Fragen Sie die Schüler, was ihre Traumberufe sind/wo sie gerne arbeiten würden?
    • Ask the students, is a high salary or an enjoyable job more important?
      • Fragen sie die Schüler, was ist wichtiger, ein größeres gehalt oder das Beruf?
    • Ask the students, what’s the worst job you’ve had?
      • Fragen sie die Schüler, as war den schlimmsten Job, den du je hattest? warum?
    • Ask the students, what jobs are available with your major?

Wrap Up

Ask the students, what jobs can you do with your major?​

  • Fragen sie die Schüler, welche Berufe kann man mit deinem Hauptfach machen?

End of Activity

Can-Do statement check-in… “Where are we?”

    • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence using 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 identify various professions.
  • I can give my opinion about interview behavior.
  • I can describe my dream job.
Cultural Notes:  Linked is an interesting video in German, “Job Interview Questions and Answers

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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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