German Level 4, Activity #13: Stereotypen / Stereotypes (Face to Face)

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Description:  Students discuss German stereotypes.

Semantic Topics: Stereotypes, Typisch, 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 2.1  Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.
  • Standard 3.2  Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through German and the German-speaking world.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • Objective: CLTR 1.2  Explain the relationship between cultural practices/behaviors and the perspectives that represent the target culture’s view of the world.
  • 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 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:

Warm-Up

Read the stereotypes and discuss whether the stereotypes are correct.

Lest die Klischees und besprecht ob die Klischees stimmen

Main Activity

Instructions in English/Deutsch

Stereotype 1:  The Germans eat bratwurst, beer, and potatoes.

     Klischee 1:  Die Deutschen ernähren sich von Bratwrust, Bier, und Kartoffeln.

Conclusion:  The stereotype is true and tastes good!

     Fazit:  Klischee stimmt und schmeckt!

Stereotype 2:  The Germans are cold, unfriendly and inconsiderate.

     Klischee 2:  Die Deutschen sind kalt, unfreundlich, und rücksichtslos.

Conclusion:  The Germans are very nice and helpful, even in a big city like Berlin.  Stereotype refuted.

     Fazit:  Die Deutschen sind sehr nett und hilfsbereit sogar in einer Großstadt wie in Berlin  Klischee widerlegt.

Stereotype 3:  The Germans are humorless and stiff.

     Klischee 3:  Deutsche sind humorlos und steif.

Conclusion:  The Germans are full of humor and not stiff.  They like jokes and are very funny.  Stereotype refuted.

    Fazit:  Die Deutschen sind humorvfoll und nicht steif.  Sie mögen Witze und sind ganz lustig! 

Stereotype 4:  The Germans love order and adhere to rules.

   Klischee 4:  Die Deutschen lieben Ordnung und halten sich an Regeln.

Conclusing:  Stereotype true.  The Germans love order and adhere to the rules.

   Fazit:  Klischee stimmt!  Die Deutsche haben viele Regeln und halten sich daran.

Stereotype:  The Germans love soccer!

   Klischee 5:  Deutsche lieben Fußball!

Conclusion:   World Champions 1954, 1990, 2014.  Stereytype ture!  In summer there is barbecue and soccer.

    Fazit:  Weltmeister:  1954, 1974, 1990, 2014  Klischee stimmt!  Im Sommer gibt’s Grillen und Fußball.

Wrap-Up

Discuss any new information the students learned about German stereotypes.

   Besprechen Sie alle neuen Informationen, die die Schüler über deutsche Stereotypen erfhren haben.

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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