German Level 3, Activity #06: Berufe / Jobs (Online)

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Description: Students will discuss and answer questions relating to different professions, as well as what they might do during an interview.
Semantic Topics: Interviews, Vorstellungsgespräche, Job Interview, Professions, Beruf, Dream Job, Traumjob, Future Tense,  Futur.

Products: Profession Cards, Berufskarten.

Practices: Socially appropriate conduce in job interviews.  Sozial angemessenes Verhalten bei Vorstellungsgesprächen.

Perspectives: The value of employment and the value of a second language in the workforce.  Der Wert der Beschäftigung und der Wert einer zweiten Sprache in der Belegschaft.

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 written and spoken language on a variety of topics.

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: 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 identify various professions.
  • I can give my opinion about interview behavior.
  • I can describe my dream job.

Materials Needed: 

Warm Up

1. One student will be chosen to guess the correct occupation.  The occupation will appear when you click on the orange box in the Google Slide Show.  Have the one student close their eyes as the rest of the zoom room sees the word.  Click on the word again and it will disappear.

  • Ein Schüler wird ausgewählt, um den richtigen Beruf zu erraten. Der Beruf wird angezeigt, wenn Sie auf das Kästchen in der Google Slide Show klicken. Lassen Sie den einen Schüler die Augen schließen, während der Rest des Zoom-Raums das Wort sieht. Klicken Sie erneut auf das Wort und es verschwindet.

2. The other students give hints about what the job could be by describing it without explicitly saying what it is.

  • Die anderen Studenten geben Hinweise darauf, was der Job sein könnte, indem sie ihn beschreiben, ohne explizit zu sagen, was es ist.

3. Once the student has guessed the word, the next student will get to guess the job and so on.

  • Sobald der Schüler das Wort erraten hat, kann der nächste Schüler den Job erraten und so weiter.

Main Activity

Discussion questions:


  • What should you do to prepare for an interview? (use imperative form or indefinite ‘you’ form)
    • Was sollte man tun, um sich auf ein Vorstellungsgespräch vorzubereiten? Man sollte… oder man sollte nicht….
  • What should you do in an interview to stand out? (use imperative form or indefinite ‘you’ form)
    • Was sollte man in einem Vorstellungsgespräch tun?
  • What can an interviewer do to make someone more comfortable?
    • Was kann ein Interviewer machen, damit sich der Befragte wohlfühlt?
  • What’s the hardest question you’ve been asked in a job interview?
    • Was war die schwierigste Frage, die du jemals in einem Vorstellungsgespräch gefragt wurdest?
  • What’s your dream job/ where would you like to work?
    • Was ist dein Traumberuf? Warum?
  • Is a high salary or an enjoyable job more important?
    • Was ist wichtiger, ein größeres gehalt oder das Beruf?
  • What’s the worst job you’ve had?
    • ​​​​​​​Was war den schlimmsten Job, den du je hattest? warum?
  • What jobs are available with your major?
    • ​​​​​​​Welche Berufe kann man mit deinem Hauptfach machen?


  • Ask the students what jobs they have now or have had in the past.
  • Fragen Sie die Schüler, welche Jobs sie jetzt haben oder in der Vergangenheit hatten.



  • 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 identify various professions.
  • I can give my opinion about interview behavior.
  • I can describe my dream job.
Cultural Notes:  Linked is an interesting video in German, “Job Interview Questions and Answers

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