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5. Spin the bottle: Divide the group in small teams of 4 or 5. Give each pupil a list of questions you want them to practice and an empty plastic bottle. Tell pupils to spin the bottle and the pupil sitting in front of where the bottle points has to answer a question.
6. Debate: Divide the group in small teams of 2-3. Choose a topic e.g. school uniform or the school rules. Each team will be given a different point of view to the topic. For example, one team could be for the school uniform, another one against. One team could be the parents' point of view and another team the pupils' point of view, etc...
7. Longer please: Divide the class in 2. Write on the board: Ich spiele. (just an example), pupils have to add something to the sentence to make it longer. The next pupil (from the other team) has to remember what the sentence was and add something to it. The first pupil to repeat the sentence incorrectly loses the point for the team.
8. Telephone game: Prepare 5-6 questions in advance and write them down on a piece of paper. Divide the class in 2. (it works best when you have a student teacher or a classroom assistant with you, but you can also use the help of your best pupil) Both 'teachers' secretly whisper the phrase or sentence to the first pupil of the team (or first table depending of your sitting plan). The pupil then whispers the sentence to the table behind him/er and so on. The team that does it the fastest and with the least errors, wins.
1. Eine E-Mail: you have received the first e-mail from your German penfriend. You need to reply to introduce yourself. (Download the file here)
2. Die Vorsätze: here are 10 things you should change this year. Use whether 'Ich werde...' or 'Ich sollte...'. (Download the file here)
3. Der Lebenslauf: you friend asked you to help write his 'letter of application' for a summer job in German. Here is his CV. (Download the CV here)
Here are different ways of exploiting a text:
1. Give the pupils the text and in groups they have to write questions (in German or in English) then swap questions with another team.
2. FIll in the gaps. (see example below)
3. True or false.
4. Find the vocabulary or expressions in the text.
5. Add linking words to improve the sentences.
6. Reorder the text. Cut each line of the text, put in an envelop and ask pupils to reorder the text. Can be done in pairs/groups.
7. Definition: give the definition of a word in the text, ask pupils to find it.
8. Answer teacher's questions.The questions can be in writing or teacher can say them out loud.
9. Find the synonyms in the text.
10. Underline all the verbs, circle the adjectives, highlight the linking words...
To download an example of a fill in the gaps, click here.
To downoad an example of how to exploit a text, click here.
Here are different ways to exploit a recording:
(right-hand click on the link, then click on 'save target as' to save the recording on your computer)
1. Answer the questions with: Richtig, falsch or Nicht im Text.
2. Beantworte die Fragen auf Deutsch oder auf Englisch.
3. Split the group in 4 teams, each team has to find different details
a. Team 1 writes down all clothes
b. Team 2 writes all colours
c. Team 3 writes all adjectives (other than the colours)
d. Team 4 writes all people
4. Using the transcript, tell pupils they will have to tell you what the next word should be. Start reading the text, then stop. Pupils will say what they next word is. Then read every 2 words, every 4 words, the first word of each line, a sentence backward, etc....
5. Play the text, then tell pupils you will play it again and after a few seconds you will turn down the volume, pupils have to carry on reading the transcript as if they are listening to the recording, then stop the tape. Pupils have to underline the word they think will be said if the teacher restarts the tape.
6. Fill in the blanks. Leave blanks and pupils need to work out what the words are or give pupils the words at the bottom of the page and they have to choose them from the list.
7. Tell pupils they have to stand up every time they hear a colour and sit down when they hear a piece of clothing.
8. Cut up the text (transcript) and pupils have to reorder it.