German Level 4, Activity #09: Stereotypen / Stereotypes (Online)

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Description: Students will discuss and learn about different stereotypes between Germany and the U.S.

Semantic Topics: German Stereotypes, Typisch Deutsch, Prejudice, Vorurteil,  Adjectives, Adjektive.

Products:  Cultural clichés, Kulturklischees.

Practices: Understanding cultural clichés about people in German speaking countries. Kulturklischees über Menschen im deutschsprachigen Raum verstehen.

Perspectives:  Danger in stereotyping people.  Value of cultural individualities of German speaking lands.  Gefahr, Menschen zu stereotypisieren. Wert kultureller Individualitäten im deutschsprachigen Raum.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 4.2 Students demonstrate an 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 2.1 Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • Objective: Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can discuss stereotypes of German speaking countries.
  • I can discuss stereotypes of my own culture.
  • I can form an opinion about the validity of certain stereotypes.

Materials Needed:


  1. Discuss Can-Do Statements with Students
  2. Discussion Questions:
    • What is a cliché/stereotype
      • Was ist ein Klischee/Stereotyp?
    • Are clichés always true?
      • Sind Klischees immer wahr?
    • What stereotypes do you know of from other countries?
      • Welche Stereotypen kennt ihr von anderen Länder?

Main Activity

  1. Read the following clichés and discuss whether they are true or not.
    • Germans get their nutrition from just bratwursts, beer, and potatoes.
      • Die Deutschen ernähren sich von Bratwurst, Bier und Kartoffeln.
    • Germans are cold, harsh, and ruthless.
      • Die Deutschen sind kalt, unfreundlich und rücksichtlos.
    • Germans do not have a sense of humor.
      • Deutsche sind humorlos.
    • Germans love order and hold themselves to rules.
      • Die Deutschen lieben Ordnung und halten sich an Regeln.
    • Germans love soccer.
      • Deutschen lieben Fußball. 
  2. Discussion Question:
    • Are there any more clichés ?
      • Gibt es noch andere Klischees?
    • Are these clichés true?
      • Sind diese Klischees wahr?
    • Do you agree with these clichés ?
      • Stimmt ihr diesen Klischees zu?


  1. Discussion Question:
    • What clichés are there in Germany about the US? Do you guys agree with them?
      • Welche Klischees/Stereotypen gibt es in Deutschland über die USA? Stimmt ihr zu?
    • What do you think Germans think about Americans?
      • Was halten die Deutschen von den Amerikanern? Was denkt ihr?
  2. Read the following German article about stereotypes that Germans have of Americans and then discuss.
  • Lesen Sie den folgenden deutschen Artikel über Stereotype, die Deutsche von Amerikanern haben, und diskutieren Sie dann
    • What to Germans think about Americans?
      • Was denken Deutsche über Amerikaner?
    • What do you think about that?
      • Was denkt ihr darüber?

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 discuss stereotypes of German speaking countries.
  • I can discuss stereotypes of my own culture.
  • I can form an opinion about the validity of certain stereotypes.

Cultural Notes:  Attached is a link from Meet the Germans, What do Foreigners Think about Germans.

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