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Welcome to our online resource for German teachers. This webpage has been developed with the goal of helping new and experienced German teachers design language classes that encourage students to learn in innovative ways. This may involve using visual presentations to help learners understand grammar concepts or allowing students to interact with materials to increase their cultural knowledge.

We believe you will find many sites here which will either augment lessons you have prepared or provide material for an entire lesson, which complements a particular theme you have been exploring with your students.

Allow us to introduce the site and help you make your visit a productive one.

Most of the materials have been collected from a wide variety of sources. Using feedback from German teachers at all levels, we have organized the resources in a way to make things easy to find and easy to use.

A number of the materials have been developed here at the University of Calgary. For example, the Learning Objects for Verbs have been designed to take advantage of the brain’s remarkable visual capabilities. What students may not grasp in words, i.e. grammar rules, can often be more comprehensible in a relatively short time using visual means.

The other resources have been organized in the following manner:

Warm-Ups and Activities: Games and partner activities, some based on themes, others focussing on grammar, some just to break the ice

Learning Objects for Verbs: Explanatory animations plus student activities for verb placement, separable prefixes and modal verbs.

Audio Resources: Students can hear native speakers interact in essential discourse contexts or listen to the alphabet, numbers, tongue twisters, and a variety of useful expressions. Also includes links to news and music sites.

Elementary Resources: Especially for young learners, alphabetically arranged, theme-based sites, including animals, birthdays, food, numbers, shapes, toys and much more.

Culture: Alphabetically arranged sites on many topics, ranging from cell phones to art, literature, history, weather, sports, jokes, idioms, music, fairy tales, film and much more.

Grammar: Literally hundreds of exercises, practice activities, as well as PowerPoint presentations.

Textbook Homepages: Neue Horizonte, Vorsprung, Deutsch heute, Themen aktuell, Themen neu, Komm mit! And Kaleidoskop plus activities that teachers have developed for working with these texts.

Reading Comprehension: Authentic texts reworked for the German classroom.

Writing Projects: Detailed writing projects suitable for high school or first, second, and fourth semester university students.

On-line Courses: A selection self-study materials; most are for beginners.

General References: Includes dictionaries, information sites about German-speaking countries, newspapers, radio, TV plus a generic clip art site.

Placement Tests: Produced by various international agencies such as the Goethe-Institute and BBC.

Professional Development: Tutorials about using the web or videos in the classroom, and information about conferences, courses and workshops.

Professional Organizations: regional, national and international organisations for teachers of German at all levels and all kinds of learning institutions.

Alberta Education: Information concerning the Languages Initiative, including new curricula, new authorized resources, language learning opportunities for teachers and students, plus the Interactive German Learning Tour.

Why Learn German? Reasons for learning German related to careers, personal development and learners’ interests, plus strategies and materials to help advocate for German.

Useful Links: Includes authoring software for developing your own materials, a link to our German Consultant in Edmonton and much more.

Thank you for browsing our site. Please contact us if you have suggestions for additions or modifications to improve this service to teachers of German.

This site developed by:

Dr. Sandra Hoenle, Project Leader
Beverley Durance, Research Assistant

With the support of:
The Language Research Centre, University of Calgary

In partnership with:
Media Services, Calgary Board of Education

Animations by Eleanor Andrews

Funded by the Alberta Government