We have just published a new Stage 5 German unit on caring for myself and my community, which highlights the importance of good health. We have included COVID-19 content to ensure the unit is relevant to students' worlds today. We have also published the assessment task for the unit, including marking guidelines. It's all available on our Stages 4 and 5 German page.
HSC workshops at the Goethe-Institut in Sydney
The Goethe-Institut is holding HSC workshops in Sydney in 2021. During these workshops, there will be intensive communicative activities, to prepare for the oral exam under the guidance of experienced teachers.
21 May – Beginners workshop
6 June – Continuers/Extension workshop
Further information can be found online.
If you are looking for posters to decorate your German classroom or to promote your German program at open days, the Goethe-Institut New Zealand has created posters you may find useful. The posters are available in 7 designs and showcase the similarities of German and English words. They can be ordered free of charge from the Goethe-Institut offices in Sydney or can be downloaded from the website.
Erfolgreich digital Deutsch unterrichten
The project EDDU presents teaching ideas on how to easily and successfully use digital tools in your German classes, taking into consideration the technical challenges that can arise in schools. The EDDU materials offer teaching advice on the use of chat apps, social media, videos, photos and other digital tools addressing topics that you will usually find in your textbooks and that are of interest to your students. The EDDU materials can be found online.
My Grammar Rules for adults
The Goethe-Institut is offering 90-minute grammar workshops. Each Tuesday evening, one challenging grammatical concept will be explained, applied and consolidated in an interactive online session. Workshop topics include reflexive verbs, past conditional, the verb “lassen“, coordinating conjunctions, indirect questions, declension of personal pronouns, pronominal adverbs, two-way prepositions, dative and accusative case. Further information about the workshops can be found online.
Kino for kids festival
The popular Kino for kids festival will run in cinemas in 2021. Screening German films for children and teens has been an integral part of our cultural student programs for many years. Students may be interested in participating in the film review competition we are running as well. Further information can be found online.
German careers day
This year the German careers day will be held as a nationwide online event. Students are invited to join us on Thursday 29 July to learn about career paths with German. Further information can be found online.
Deutschland. Kennen. Lernen
Students can learn about Germany and improve their German through using the free app Deutschland. Kennen. Lernen. The app uses augmented reality features. Further information regarding the app can be found online.
We've just published support materials for Stage 4 on our curriculum website. You'll find a unit starter based on preparations for Harmony Day, two sample assessment tasks (Harmony Day and student exchange), and an updated scope and sequence.
The German zoo worksheets have been uploaded to the Languages NSW - Resources group on Yammer, which can be accessed through the portal. Although they're now more than a decade old, and would need updating if you are planning a day at the zoo, they are still a good starting point.
The February 2018 Goethe Institut newsletter has arrived, with lots to offer NSW German teachers.
To keep in touch with the Goethe-Insitut and stay informed about the fantastic range of support they offer to teachers of German, contact Claudia Steiner-Taylor who will add you to the mailing list: Claudia.Steiner-Taylor@goethe.de
HSC CONTINUERS AND EXTENSION DAY – FREE WORKSHOP
Would you and your students like to prepare for the HSC oral exam with other German learners? The Goethe-Insitut is running a workshop with intensive communicative activities for high school students from different schools, who prepare for the oral exam under the guidance of experienced teachers.
Dates for 2018:
HSC Continuers Day: 4 May 2018
HSC Extension Day: 1 June 2018
Target group: HSC Continuers/Extension
Duration: 9am – 2 pm
For more information contact Inken Steeb.
Ph. 8356 8342
NATIONAL SCHOOL FILM AWARD
Each year students all over Australia produce short films which are screened in the German School Film Festivals in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The best films from each category in each city are entered in the finale – the German School Film Prize in Australia.
The National German School Film Award 2018 for the winning entries from 2017 with the topic Deutschland im Jahr 3017 will be held as a digital Vote for the Winner event.
VOTE for your favourite school film entry.
The films with the most votes will win the National German School Film Award 2018 and receive a German DVD. The winning films will be announced in mid March.
TEACHING AND LEARNING PROJECTS AND MATERIALS
Kalendar 2018 – Sport in Deutschland
The new 2018 wall calendar has arrived. This year's title is Sport in Deutschland. Each month is presented with an image on the front page and further information on the back page, including statements of young people, interviews, cartoons and statistics. The calendar addresses topics of interest to young people aged between 15 and 25, such as swimming, skiing, climbing, break dance, surfing, vaulting and unicycling. Of course one of the most important topics this year will be soccer. The materials are perfectly suitable for the German class room.
All pages and additional teaching material for each month are available for download from the Goethe Institut website.
Enterprise German – Unternehmen Deutsch promotes the collaboration between schools and German companies/or Australian companies with a relationship to German speaking countries within the region. Applications for Term 2, 2018 are now open.
Lego Mindstorms – robotics and coding in German
LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 is a robot composed of a programmable computer, motors and sensors. The robots can be built into different models using LEGO bricks. Depending on the complexity of the project LEGO MINDSTORMS are suited to students from Years 5 to 9.
Coding with Blue-Bot: resources for primary schools (K–2)
Blue-Bot is a small robot that can be programmed using a tablet or PC or with the arrows on the robot itself. Through this coding game students adopt new skills in Digital Technologies and learn German at the same time. Additionally, with the Goethe-Institut’s classroom mats other learning areas can be integrated in the German lessons.
The Goethe-Institut Sydney is pleased to announced the opening of a new Teachers' Resource Centre in Sydney. The new 'Goethe Collection' can now be found in the library of North Sydney Boys High School. These resources include German books and DVDs and provide useful materials for both teachers and students of German.
The catalogue can be viewed via the Softlink Oliver system. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the library in person. North Sydney Boys High School Library is located at 365 Pacific Highway (cnr Pacific Highway and David St), Crows Nest NSW 2065.
For further inquiries please contact:
Teachers' Resource Centre, Goethe-Institut Australien, Sydney
90 Ocean St, Woollahra NSW 2025
E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: (02) 8356 8333
As Cherrybrook High School is discontinuing their German courses, they are giving away all the German textbooks that have been accumulated over a 20 year period. These textbooks include several sets of Feuerwerk and Katzenspung textbooks. If you are interested in obtaining some of these resources for your school, please contact Nicola Dracakis within the next six weeks to ensure that you don't miss out on these resources before they are disposed of.
The Languages and Culture team are in the process of populating the new curriculum website with examples of learning and teaching documents (such as unit plans, scope and sequences, and assessment schedules) for large-candidacy languages. To ensure the documents we produce are relevant, we aim to avoid referring to textbooks and resources that are outdated and no longer commonly used in schools. To this end, we would like to know what you are using in your classrooms.
Please comment below to let us know which texts and resources you use in Stages 4 and 5.
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02 9244 5573
Study day NSW: Language, Higher Education and Exchange - 23 Mar 2017
University of Sydney
Join us on 23 March 2017 for an insight into higher education and exchange in Germany. Invited are German teachers and their students that are interested in studying at a Germany university. The day will be a great opportunity for your students to learn more about study and research in Germany. For more information and to RSVP, please contact: email@example.com
Study day NSW: Language, Higher Education & Exchange
HSC Continuers and Extension Days NSW - 5 May and 2 June 2017
Goethe-Institut Australia, Sydney
Do your students want to improve their German for the HSC exams? Then enrol your class for one of the GI's full-day events of intensive communicative activities for Year 12 HSC students and support their preparation for the oral HSC examination.
HSC Continuers and Extension Days NSW
German School Film Festival - Palace Cinema, Sydney
Deadline 8 Sep 2017
Finale 19 Oct 2017
This year, the German School Film Festival will take you on a time travel into the future. “Deutschland im Jahr 3017”: Imagine it is the Year 3017. What does the world – what does Germany – look like? Entries for ACT, NSW, NT and QLD close on 8 September 2017. Further information will be available soon on the GI website.
Felix and Franzi - New teaching materials
Some of you might already know the fun Felix and Franzi teaching materials for primary level. Another set of lesson plans with new topics has been developed by our colleagues in London and is now available for download.
Concepts and Materials: German for Children
"Das Autobahnspiel” is an informative, interactive station game that provides many impressions and facts about the German-speaking countries, their culture and products. It's the perfect motivational game for students who are about to choose a foreign language, for beginners of German and even for parents. Please contact the GI if you would like to have "Autobahn" at your school.
The Ponds HS has class-sets of Katzensprung 1 and Katzensprung 2 to give away for free.
If you’re interested, please contact Lauren Hasna at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pick-up preferred, and first in, best dressed.
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