German Level 4, Activity #06: Deutsche Städte und Essen / German Cities and Food (Online)

Evening photo of Frankfurt and the Frankfurt Bridge.
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Description: Students will discuss the differences between German and US cities, foods, fashion and more. They will also discuss differences in cultural etiquette and customs.  

Semantic Topics: Cities, Stadten, Deutschessen, German Food, Restaurants, Comparison, Vergleich, Superlative.

Products: German Cities, German Food, Deutsche Städte, Deutsche Küche.

Practices:  German living in specific cities.  German culinary experience.  Deutsche leben in bestimmten Städten. Deutsches kulinarisches Erlebnis.

Perspectives: Value of the difference between cities in the United States and cities in German speaking countries.  Value of the difference in culinary experiences in German speaking lands. Wert der Differenz zwischen Städten in den USA und Städten im deutschsprachigen Raum. Wert des Unterschieds in kulinarischen Erlebnissen im deutschsprachigen Raum.

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 spoken and written language on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 3.2 Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through German and the German-speaking world.
  • Standard 4.2 Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons between the cultures in German-speaking countries and their own.

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: CLTR 1.1 – Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.
  • Objective: CTLR 2.2 – Describe the connections of products from the target culture with the practices and perspectives of the culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can compare and contrast, in my own and German speaking culture differences between: Cities, Fashion, Eating Customs
  • In my own and other cultures I can make comparisons between products and practices to help me understand perspectives.

 

Materials Needed:

Warm-Up

  1. Discussion Question:
    • How are the skylines different?
      • Wie unterscheiden sich die Skylines von Frankfurt und Seattle?
    • Do you prefer old or new buildings?
      • Bevorzugt ihr ältere oder neue Gebäude?
    • What are the differences between German cities and cities in the US?
      • Was sind die Unterschiede zwischen deutschen und US-amerikanischen Städten?

Main Activity

  • Students will identify the differences between German and US cities.
    Identifiziere die Unterschiede zwischen deutschen und US-amerikanischen Städten.
  • Discussion Questions:
    • What stores would you see in the US that aren’t in Germany?
      • Welche Läden findet man in Deutschland nicht?
    • Where are stores located? ( in the city vs. mall)
      • Wo findet man diese Läden? (in der Stadt oder im Einkaufszentrum?)
    • How do people in Germany dress differently than in the US? (Adidas)
      • Wie kleiden die Leute in Deutschland anders als in Amerika?
    • What are US eating habits?
      • Was sind US Essengewohnheiten?
    • What are German eating habits?
      • Was sind deutsche Essengewohnheiten?

Wrap-Up

  1. Discussion Questions:
    • What is ‘Coffee and Cake’?
      • Was ist Kaffee und Kuchen?
    • When do you have / eat ‘Coffee and Cake’?
      • Wann nimmt man Kaffee und Kuchen zu sich?

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 compare and contrast, in my own and German speaking culture differences between: Cities, Fashion, Eating Customs
  • In my own and other cultures I can make comparisons between products and practices to help me understand perspectives.

Cultural Notes:  Linked below is a video describing Coffee and Cake – Afternoon Tea in German:  It is a little old-fashioned, but a great presentation on Coffee and Cake.  Linked blow that is a second video, Ein Tag in Frankfurt am Main.

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