In my previous two posts I wrote about a series of short video clips in French and in Chinese. Now for German…..this website has a terrific collection (approx 146,000!) of short video clips lasting a mere 45 seconds or less.
They are principally information videos covering a huge range of topics including famous places, people and events. The sound is, I suspect, computer generated and uses text from Wikipedia articles (Wikipedia.de). Don’t let that put you off however, as each video is accompanied by a selection of images relating to the topic which make it clear what it is about even if pupils are unable to understand all that is said; these images on their own without any sound are particularly useful for giving a culturally specific angle to a topic
These videos would be perfect for developing listening skills at KS5 – pupils could attempt to transcribe what they hear and then compare with the Wikipedia.de entry for that topic. Even at KS3 and KS4 there are some that would be accessible with some support, or with a simple task; for example pupils could be asked to list the order in which the colours blue, green, red, white and yellow are mentioned in this video about Newweling (a traditional candle from Mainz). In the video about the Oktoberfest they could be asked to pick out numbers and dates.