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.
The official video of the group Grand Corps Malade has some fantastic choreography to go with their spoken version of an updated Romeo and Juliette story. Great for AS students covering the relationships topic, but could also be used with younger students depending on the task set.
Copy and paste the lyrics from www.paroles.net into a Word document.
Choose several words from each verse to cut from the lyrics, according to the level of your class.
Paste these into a textbox at the bottom of the Word document. This can be folded behind or covered over to allow for differentiation for more able students.
Play the song with strategic pauses to give students time to complete the lyrics with the missing words.
An easier task would be to cut up the song lyrics into sections for students to re-order.
Students could then work on translating a verse each in small groups. There is a suggested English translation under the YouTube video of the song for them to compare their translations.
Deutsche Weller, Germany's international broadcaster, has a photo feature on its culture pages about 10 German terms of endearment, with explanations in English. Here's a suggestion on using these 10 words as a vocabulary / thinking skills starter activity when teaching the relationships topic with GCSE or AS classes.
Put each of the German words below onto cards, with enough copies for each group of four or five students to have one set of 10 word cards:
Challenge the students to work out the one connection between all the words. To do this they should start by working as a group to write an English translation of each word on the cards. They can use (online) dictionaries in a race against other groups / the clock. The first group to correctly guess that the theme is something to do with 'words you might call your girlfriend or boyfriend' wins!
Show the class the 10 photos and explanations of each term of endearment here so that they can check their answers.
Taking her love for Twilight character Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson) to extremes, Lauren Adkins has actually married a cardboard cut-out of her idol. This article would make an interesting introduction to the GCSE context of relationships or the AS level topic of marriage/partnerships.
Put the verbs below on the whiteboard and ask students to write them down in the order they think these actions should happen, before discussing their answers with a partner:
Tenir hijos, enamorarse, casarse, encontrarse, admirar, comprometerse, salir, convivir.
Project the image from this news article and invite students to speculate on the content of the story.
Divide the class into two halves and scroll down to show the first two paragraphs of the article.
One half of the class should work in groups to translate the first paragraph into English and the other should do the same with the second, using dictionaries if necessary.
Ask students to stand up and find a partner from the other half of the class to share their translations and the meanings of any words they have looked up.
More able students may like to read the end of the article as a class, discussing what they have understood.