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
7th September 2016


German | Reading | Mobiles

Six German teenagers, aged from 14 to 17, give their opinions on everything from politics and discrimination to family relationships and technology in this youth survey from Spiegel Online. Scroll to the end of the article to click on the photo of each teen and find out their views.

Teaching ideas

  • Ask your students to find out how much each of the six teenagers uses their phone and to put the names in rank order, from most to least. 
  • To do this, they will need to click on each of the six photos and find the bold question: 'Wie wichtig ist dir dein Handy?'.
  • They will need to skim just the answer to that question to find out how many hours each person spends, or how important their mobile is for them.
  • They could work in groups with each student taking one or two of the German teenagers and reporting back.
  • The group should then be able to rank the teenagers as follows:
  1. Malin: can't live without her phone
  2. Evelyn: 2-3 hours a day
  3. Joanna and Takashi: 1-2 hours and 1.5 hours respectively
  4. Arthur: about one hour a day
  5. Emilia: could live without her phone


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