Valentine's Day and the attendant themes of love and romance provide a wonderful opportunity to spice up a classroom full of teenagers. On this topic we have assembled some excerpts below for you to use in your classroom during this amorous time of the year.
Suited for 1st year and up: Imagine heading out to meet someone for what you think is a "date", only to find that it is something else entirely. This is exactly what happens to Dezsö as he meets Jenny at her house, flowers-in-hand. The situation that unfolds in a clip from the DVD for Berliner Platz 1 NEU is priceless and will be sure to get a response from your students at any level!
Suited for 3rd year and up: Should kissing be allowed at school? Spielend Deutsch lernen is an ancillary text full of wonderful ideas to get your students talking. In this exercise, each student is given a card with a different position to represent in a classroom debate on the question. Students are given cues on how to express an opinion.
Suited for 3rd year and up: Another extremely useful ancillary text for teachers, Grammatik im Gespräch allows teachers to practice various grammar topics in a more interesting, contextualized conversational setting that engages the students. In this exercise, students practice adjective endings while addressing the question of whether appearance or character is more important when selecting a partner.
Suited for 2nd year and up: In this excerpt from our textbook series Portfolio Deutsch, students are provided with e-mail addresses for two organizations in Germany that set up e-mail partnerships between individual students and between school classes. Students are coached through the various stages of this writing exercise on how to write and respond to an ad for an e-mail partner.