|Below you'll find some materials I've prepared over the last few years while teaching German to undergraduates here at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. All of these pages are my own compilations, but I can't claim credit for every single sentence or idea - many of these worksheets were compiled from older textbooks and various internet sites. Please, if you do notice anything that appears to be a copyright infringement, I'd be more than happy to remove the offending material if you let me know.|
Unless otherwise noted, all materials are in German. Some may have English glosses for vocabulary and about half have English instructions.
Feel free to use these as handouts or links for your own teaching, or for your own reference - there's no need to give me credit. However, please do drop me a line if you plan on using them for anything other than classroom or instructional use.
| || ||Below are some of the teaching materials I've developed over the past few years for teaching German here at the University of Wisconsin Madison. All the pages that are here were put together by me personally, but many of the individual sentences or ideas come from old textbooks and various Internet sites. So if you see anything that violates any copyrights please tell me and I will take the offending material away immediately.|
Unless otherwise noted, all materials are in German, but some have English vocabulary lists and about half have English-language instructions.
You are welcome to use these pages as teaching aids (handouts or links), also for your own studies. If you would like to use the pages outside of the classroom, please contact me.
For easier navigation and load times, I've divided these pages into eight categories.
Grammar: covers all levels of basic German (first through fourth semester) as well as a few more advanced topics. Here you'll find worksheets - most with answer keys available - as well as web-based quizzes and self-tests on particular grammar topics.
Vocabulary: has vocabulary worksheets on various thematic topics (e.g. clothing, food, environment, politics) for all levels of basic German. Also includes some web-based vocabulary quizzes and self-tests, as well as suggested vocabulary lists from various textbook chapters.
Writing: a selection of writing assignments and project ideas for all levels of basic German, from very beginning to advanced composition. Includes handouts to help with dictionary work as well.
Culture: covers various cultural topics such as German history, German popular music, and geographical and political topics. Has material for various levels of German - some in English, some entirely in German.
Videos: supplementary in-class materials for German instructional video series. At present this only covers the series "Unterwegs" (also known as "A Reunion in Tübingen") and the advanced-level "Focus German" videos.
Lyrics: a collection of song lyrics (many with English glosses) for a number of German popular songs that I have used in the classroom.
Activities: a small selection of classroom activities, games or projects that I've used. This section is quite small at present, but will be expanded soon.
Miscellaneous: other materials such as reading comprehension worksheets, assignment sheets to correspond to the readings in kaleidoscope, and answer keys to workbook exercises for several different textbooks.
Course Web Pages: each semester that I teach, I keep a current class webpage with online worksheets (most of which are reproduced under the categories above), syllabi and other course materials. Available at present are pages for German 101 (Fall 2003), German 102 (Spring 2004), German 203 (Fall 1999), German 204 (Fall 2001) and German 226 (Spring 2000). Feel free to visit these pages, but be aware that they're no longer actively maintained.
Other sites of interest: I have many other German language sites listed on my general-interest links page, but there are three that I would heartily recommend to every visitor interested in learning or teaching German: GermanForTravellers.Com, a great site with tons of useful information and links ; Learn-German-Online.Net, based in Bamberg and providing free language-learning exercises as well as information about courses of study in Germany; and finally the often overlooked German.About.Com, which really does a great job of giving an overview of German-related links online.
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To make navigation and loading times easier, I've divided these pages into eight categories.
Grammar: covers all levels of German as a foreign language, with some topics also for advanced learners. Here you will find worksheets and exercises - most of them with answers - as well as web quizzes on special grammatical topics.
Vocabulary: worksheets and exercises on various vocabulary topics (e.g. clothing, food, the environment, politics), suitable for all levels of basic German. Here are some web quizzes as well as vocabulary lists from some GFL textbooks.
Writing: selected writing projects and essay ideas, suitable for all levels of basic German. There are also dictionary and reference handouts here.
Culture: covers various cultural topics such as German history, German pop music, geographic and political topics. The level of the materials ranges from beginner German to intermediate; some pages are in English, others entirely in German.
Videos: additional material for some DaF video series. At the moment only material for the series "Unterwegs" (also known as "A Reunion in Tübingen") and for the middle school series "Focus German" are available here.
Songtexte: a collection of song lyrics (many with an English glossary) for a selection of the German popular songs that I use in my class.
Activities: a small collection of activities for the classroom, also with games or projects that I use from time to time. This selection is very small at the moment, but will be expanded in the future.
Miscellaneous: other materials with different topics such as reading comprehension, worksheets for the textbook kaleidoscope, and also answers to the workbooks of some textbooks.
Course Web Pages: every semester I create a course page with online worksheets (most of which are included in the above categories), curricula and other course materials. Course pages are currently available for German 101 (autumn 2003), German 102 (spring 2004), German 203 (autumn 1999), German 204 (autumn 2001) and German 226 (spring 2000). Please take a look at these pages, but please be aware that they are no longer being maintained.
Other interesting sites: In my link collection I have listed many other sites for German learners, but there are three sites that I can definitely suggest to every curious visitor: GermanForTravellers.Com, a great site with lots of interesting information and links; Learn-German-Online.Net, from Bamberg, with tips and exercises for German learners as well as information about study opportunities in Germany; and finally the often overlooked German.About.Com, which provides a detailed overview of German-speaking and DaF-relevant pages on the Internet.
Any comments? They're bound to be gratefully received if you mail them to me.