Topical teaching ideas

If you want authentic materials for your lesson but don’t have time to search the net, here’s something for you. Topical, engaging news articles and video clips with suggested teaching ideas.



by Teachit
1st August 2014


German | Reading | Holidays | Descriptions | Photos

Wish you'd booked your summer holidays in Germany? You will when you read this article about the weather in other European holiday destinations!

Teaching ideas

Starter: project just the title, subtitle and photos for this article by minimising and resizing the webpage. Ask students to translate or explain what the article is about. 

Vocabulary race: students work in pairs to write down as many weather words and European country names in German as they can in a given time. You should do the same and then call out your answers. Anyone who has the same word as you scores one point. Anyone who has written a correct word which you hadn't thought of scores two points.

Photos: click on the link to the Fotos and scroll through slowly (keeping the description of each photo – which below the image – hidden initially). Ask different students to say a sentence about what they can see in each image. They could describe the weather, people, mood, possible location, activities. You could show the photo descriptions to see if they guessed the locations correctly.

Reading: if they'd like to know more about the weather in one particular location, you could project that section of the article and set a short time limit for them to get the gist or write brief notes.


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