German Level 4, Activity #06: Entsetzen und Angst / Horror and Fear (Face to Face)

Photo of men dressed-up as Krampus.
Jody Marx

Description: Students discuss Halloween scary concepts, traditions, and plans.  Student learn about Krampus.

Semantic Topics: Horror, Angst, Scary, Krampus, Halloween, Christmas, Traditions, Traditionen, Comparisons, Vergleiche, Adjectives, Adverbs, Adjektive, Adverben.

Products:  Video about Krampuslauf.  Video zum Krampuslauf.

Practices: The German tradition of Krampus.  Halloween celebrations in the United States.  Die deutsche Krampus-Tradition. Halloween-Feiern in den Vereinigten Staaten.

Perspectives:  Value attached to cultural traditions in the United States and cultural traditions in a German speaking land.  Wertschätzung kultureller Traditionen in den Vereinigten Staaten und kultureller Traditionen im deutschsprachigen Raum.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 4.1  Students demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language through comparisons between German and their own languages.
  • Standard 2.1  Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • Objective: CLTR 2.1  Analyze the significance of a product (art, music, literature, etc…) in a target culture.
  • Objective: COMM 3.1  Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can exchange and respond to opinions about horror and the horror genre.
  • I can engage in discussion about my associations with horror.
  • I can understand symbols of horror in German-speaking countries.

Materials Needed:

Watch this clip about the Krampuslauf im Graz

This explains a bit about the Krampus tradition:


What do you associate with the expression “horror” and what do you not.
     Was assoziiert ihr mit dem Begriff “Horror” und was nicht?  

Tension, fear, laughter, thrill, entertainment, horror, joy, screams, joke, blood, violence, popcorn, couch / sofa, girls and boys, teenagers in the woods / in a hut, boredom, close eyes, panic, night, Halloween, to cling to someone, crying, joy, calm, serenity,

     Spannung, Angst, Lachen, Nervenkitzel, Unterhaltung, Grusel, Freude, Schreie, Witz, Blut, Gewalt, Popcorn, Couch/Sofa,  Mädchen und Junge, Teenager im Wald/ in einer Hütte, Langeweile, Augen schließen, Panik, Nacht, Halloween, sich an  jemanden klammern, Weinen, Freude, Ruhe, Gelassenheit, 



Main Activity

Watch the clip about Krampuslauf im Graz
     Sehen Sie die Clip über Krmpsulauf in Graz.

Look at the Krampus tradiiton explanation from The
     Sehen Sie die Krampus-Traditionen von


Ask about students’ Halloween traditions.
     Fragen Sie nach ihren Halloween-Traditionen.

Ask about students’ Halloween plans.
     Fragen Sie nach ihren Halloween-Plannen.

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 exchange and respond to opinions about horror and the horror genre.
  • I can engage in discussion about my associations with horror.
  • I can understand symbols of horror in German-speaking countries.

Cultural Notes:  Linked is a fun video, Eine Krampus Geschichte!

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