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Teaching “Arbeiten trotz Rente” (DW)

Here are additional materials and activities I have created for teaching Deutsche Welle Top-Thema module “Arbeiten trotz Rente“.  The original Deutsche Welle materials can be accessed from the theme webpage, or the text and exercises (pdf) and audio (mp3) can be downloaded for offline use. In the post Teaching

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Teaching German with Deutsche Welle’s Top-Thema and Video Thema

I regularly teach a Contemporary Issues in German-Speaking Regions course for intermediate to advanced learners. In this course, I want learners to become informed citizens and ultimately to learn to converse intelligently on topics of current interest in the German-speaking

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Working with German numbers: Children and day care in Germany

DESTATIS just recently published a report on day care participation in Germany. The text, graphic and data table reveal some interesting trends.

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Practicing German numbers

Learn German numbers

With the start of every semester, it’s time to teach beginners German numbers (the subject of this post). And any time is a good time to review numbers with the intermediate and sometimes even advanced students of German. The key

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Teaching German days, months, and seasons

Monate - Tage - Jahreszeiten

Children’s songs are a fun and easy way to learn and memorize common phrases and vocabulary. German has some short, simple songs that can easily teach the words for days, months, and seasons. The songs serve as a memory aids not

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Top 10 career paths in Germany

In the process of developing a teaching unit for next semester on Studium und Beruf, I came across the latest statistics of the German Federal Statistics Office (Statistisches Bundesamt) on the most popular career paths among young Germans and compiled

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Teaching the German simple past tense

Here is an activity I use to teach the German simple past tense inductively. Students are already familiar with the perfect tense, and they have begun practicing the simple past forms of haben, sein, and the modal verbs (though this

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Top German verbs: Scavenger hunt

Top German verbs are from Tschirner & Jones’ Frequency Dictionary of German I posted a list of the top 100 German verbs a while back. It’s time to return to that list and do some more work with German verbs. Every

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Top 100 German verbs

This verb list comes from Randall Jones & Erwin Tschirner’s A Frequency Dictionary of German. Core Vocabulary for Learners, which lists the 4034 (!) most commonly used words in German. We’ll be doing lots of fun things with this list with

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Top 500 German words (301-400)

Words 1-100 | 101-200 | 201-300 | 301-400 | 401-500 Source: A Frequency Dictionary of German. Core Vocabulary for Learners 301. handeln (verb) to deal, trade 302. Mark, die, – (noun) mark (former unit of German currency) 303. Entwicklung, die, -en

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