German Level 4, Activity #03: Cool Sein, Kultur / Being Cool (Face to Face)

Photo of eight friends arm-in-arm

Description: Talking in German about what makes a person “cool”.

Semantic Topics: People, Leuten, Cool, Culture, Kultur, Adjective, Adjektiv.

Products: Google Slides of various individuals.  Google-Präsentationen verschiedener Personen.

Practices: The social “pecking order”.  Socially appropriate behaviors.  Die soziale „Hackordnung“. Sozial angemessenes Verhalten.

Perspectives: Importance of individual freedom.  Importance of appreciating people for who they are, what they like, and what they wear.  Bedeutung der individuellen Freiheit. Es ist wichtig, Menschen dafür zu schätzen, wer sie sind, was sie mögen und was sie tragen.

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 2.2 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products 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: COMP 2.1 Identify, describe and compare/contrast produces and their use in the target culture with the learner’s culture
  • Objective: CLTR 2.1  Analyze the significance of products (art, music, literature, etc…) in a target culture

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can talk about people’s characteristics.
  • I can discuss opinions about what is popular.
  • I can discuss cultural differences regarding trends.

Materials Needed:


Begin with the following discussion questions:

1. What makes someone cool?

     Fragen Sie: Was macht jemanden cool?

2. Have students write it on their whiteboard.

      Lassen Sie die Schüler es auf ihr Whiteboard schreiben.

3. Show students slide with pictures.

     Schülerfolie mit Bildern anzeigen.

4. Discuss who is cooler- the bragger or the humble/happy person.

     Besprechen Sie, wer cooler ist – der Prahler oder die bescheidene / glückliche Person.

Main Activity

Ask and discuss the following questions:

1. What is cool for people in the US.

     Was ist cool für die Leute in den USA?

2. Is being cool the same as being popular?

     Ist cool zu sein das gleiche wie populär zu sein?

3. Does buying a lot of stuff make you cool?

     Wenn man viele Sachen kauft, bedeutet das, dass man deswegen cool ist?

4. What stuff makes you cool?

     Was macht jemanden cool?

5. Is it important or not to be cool? Why?

     Ist es wichtig, cool zu sein? Warum? 

6. How has being cool changed over time?

     Wie hast die Bedeutung von “cool-sein” durch die Zeit geändert?

7. How is it decided what is cool?

     Wer entscheidet was cool ist? Wie würde es entschieden, dass etwas cool ist oder nicht?

8. How do you decide what’s cool and what’s not?

     Wie entscheidet man was cool ist und was nicht?

9. What is cool in Germany?

     Was ist cool in Deutschland?


Ask the following questions for further discussions:

  1. What is your favorite “cool” piece of clothing.
    Was ist dein “cooles” Lieblingskleidungsstück?
  2. What is your favorite “cool” music.
    Was ist deine “coole” Lieblingsmusik?

End of Lab

  • 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 labs!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can talk about people’s characteristics.
  • I can discuss opinions about what is popular
  • I can discuss cultural differences regarding trends.

Cultural Notes: In this Easy German video the presenters ask people on the street, What do Germans Think About Germans From Other Regions

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