Fussballfieber or more football fever!

June 13, 2010

If you are after some authentic texts in German for the World cup look no further than some of the many German sites geared towards children.  One of these is Hanisauland produced by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.  The screenshot shows their home page for everything to do with the World cup.  On these pages you can find information about all the countries playing, including geography and climate, together with images and a clip of the relevant national anthem.

Another useful site is ZDFtivi  which not only has a blog about the world cup but also more general information about the countries of Africa.  There is also a video about a young girl living  in Senegal and one about a boy from Mali who aspires to be a professional footballer.  There are also some interesting materials and video footage about the “Big five”  in South Africa which could be useful for some CLIL.

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The World cup – it’s more than just the beautiful game

June 4, 2010

The 2010 World cup in South Africa is a fantastic opportunity to either complement the text book, or to  get  away from it altogether, by making links with other subjects in the curriculum.  This can be done either through the whole curriculum dimensions or by borrowing content from other subjects and looking at those key concepts. 

The whole curriculum dimensions are:

  • Identity and cultural diversity
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Enterprise
  • Community participation
  • The Global dimension and sustainability
  • Technology and the media
  • Creativity and critical thinking

Two of the most obvious areas to link with are Citizenship and Geography.  Here are some ideas:

  • Countries participating in the world cup, where they are located, the languages spoken there, their flags (and what these signify), cultural similarities and differences between these countries. (Geography/citizenship/Identity and cultural diversity/Global dimension)
  • A focus on one of these  countries eg. francophone Africa, South America or the German speaking world.  There is information about South Africa and the host cities (including images) on the FIFA website in French, German and Spanish.
  • Exploring the climate of the host country or that of countries participating.  The website Monjtquotidien has recently added a video about the French national team training at altitude. A few days previously there was a video about who had been selected for the French national squad and there has already been a video about the sale of tickets and the ball to be used in the competition.
  •  Using the texts of songs and football chants to develop listening and reading skills – some examples can be found in German and French on the songs page.
  • Issues to do with Fair trade and the fight against racism (Citizenship)
  • Sponsorship and the role of multinational corporations (Business and enterprise/Global issues).  You can see the list of official sponsors here.

This is just for starters……….


Learning through Popkultur – German song resources from the Goethe Institut

June 2, 2010

If you are looking for some songs to use with German classes the Goethe Institute has put together some resources here as an introduction to the German Pop music scene.  Each of the seven songs comes with a worksheet and a PDF of the lyrics, plus links to videos and websites.  The video of the song Tausend Kilometer bis zum Meer includes shots of the iconic VW Beetle and Camper van – great for a bit of cultural input!

The songs are rated according to their difficulty and could be used either in class or as an independent learning activity.