German Level 4, Activity 03: Ab ins Kino / Off to the Movies (Online)

Inside the Theater in Stuttgart
Shawn Moak

Description: Students will plan a trip to a movie in Vienna, using the computer to plan the travel, figure out how to purchase their tickets, discuss favorite movies and actors/actresses, and figure out what snacks to have at the movie.

Semantic Topics: Movies, Film, Movie Theater Food, Essen im Kino, Freindship, Freundschaft

Products: Music video about a relationship.  Musikvideo über eine Beziehung.

Practices:  How to interact in a relationship.  Determining what is important in relationships.  Wie man in einer Beziehung interagiert. Bestimmen, was in Beziehungen wichtig ist.

Perspectives: Cultural norms in relationships both with an English speaking individual and German speaking individual.  Kulturelle Normen in Beziehungen sowohl zu einer englischsprachigen als auch zu einer deutschsprachigen Person.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written language on a variety of topics
  • Standard 5.1 Students use German both within and beyond the school setting
  • Standard 3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through German.

Idaho State Content Standards:

  • Objective: Comm 1.1 Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • Objective: Conn 1.2  Relation information studied in other subjects to the target language and culture.
  • Objective Comt 1.2  Discuss personal preferences in activities and events both within and beyond the classroom.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can figure out how to get from one place to another in a foreign city.
  • I can discuss my preferences about and describe movies.
  • I can invite someone to a movie with me.

Materials Needed:


1. Discuss the Can-Do Statements.

  • Diskutieren Sie die Kann-Aussagen.


2. Divide the students up into breakout rooms of twos or threes.

  • Teilen Sie die Schüler in Zweier- oder Dreier-Breakout Rooms auf.


3. The students are friends studying abroad in Vienna.

  • Die Studenten sind Freunde, die in Wien im Ausland studieren.


4. One student asks another if they would like to go to the movies.

  • Ein Student fragt einen anderen, ob er ins Kino gehen möchte.


5. The Students discuss their favorite German/Austrian Actors/Actresses, Filmmaker, and Films.

  • Die Studierenden diskutieren ihre liebsten deutschen/österreichischen Schauspieler/innen, Filmemacher und Filme.
  • use the links below to compare and discuss the 2021 Box office #1 films in Austria against the 2021 Box office #1 films in the United States.

Main Activity

In the zoom rooms have the students…

  • In den Zoom-Räumen haben die Schüler…


1. Research the movies available to see in Vienna.

  • Recherchieren Sie die Filme, die in Wien zu sehen sind.


2. Decide on which movie to see.

  • Entscheiden Sie, welchen Film Sie sehen möchten.


3. Create directions to the Theater from the University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien, Austria.

  • Erstellung einer Anfahrtsbeschreibung zum Theater der Universität Wien, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien, Österreich.


4. Decide what food/snacks they will be ordering and eating at the movie theater.

  • Entscheiden, welche Speisen/Snacks sie im Kino bestellen und essen.


Have the students present their movie plans to the rest of the class.

  • Lassen Sie die Schüler ihre Filmpläne dem Rest der Klasse präsentieren.


Have the students invite the others to the movie, give a short description of the movie, and see who would like to join them.

  • Lassen Sie die Schüler die anderen zum Film einladen, geben Sie eine kurze Beschreibung des Films und sehen Sie, wer mitmachen möchte.

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 figure out how to get from one place to another in a foreign city.
  • I can discuss my preferences about and describe movies.
  • I can invite someone to a movie with me.

Cultural Resources

Here is a really fun video from Easy German, The Worst Movies You Have Ever Seen

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