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Recommended German resources please

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by zewcollins, Jun 27, 2019.

  1. zewcollins

    zewcollins New commenter

    Hi, I'm going to be teaching a very little bit of German next year and we have no resources at all. What course books do people recommend please?
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    What resources does the Department already have? That's one starting point.

    Which key stage?

    What's your own level of German? for a couple more.
  3. ChocolateChunk

    ChocolateChunk New commenter

    Your Head Of Department and/or Head Of German should be providing some of these.
    As Lara mfl said, it also depends on the Key Stage but also their ability on top of your very own in German.
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  4. zewcollins

    zewcollins New commenter


    We only teach French currently and use Studio.
  5. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    We used to use 'Echo' but I see Rachel Hawkes has produced a new set of textbooks (2013) called 'Stimmt' which look good and certainly as a teacher Rahel Hawkes should know what's needed.
    Plus there's an Active Learning Digital Service.
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  6. agathamorse

    agathamorse Senior commenter

    We use Zoom! Which also has online resources.
  7. lifereallyistooshort

    lifereallyistooshort New commenter

    Order inspection copies of Stimmt, Zoom and or any other resources you see out there and have a good look at them (ideally with colleagues) before you make a decision. You need to think about your particular context and which sort of approach is going to work best for you.
    Try and imagine your students using these resources - could they access the work? Is it too easy?
    Is it a 2 year or 3 year KS3 course? Do you want a follow-on GCSE course? Have you looked at all books in the series? How much time will you have to deliver the course? etc etc. What's right in one school is not necessarily best in another
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  8. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    This is an excellent approach and will ensure you get the best materials for your own circumstances.
    agathamorse likes this.
  9. zewcollins

    zewcollins New commenter

    Thanks all, will have a look at Stimmt & Zoom
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  10. LadyPsyche

    LadyPsyche New commenter

    I'm doing the same. We also have no up to date resources - the last purchased have a 19 at the start of the year, as German was phased out in my school some years ago.
    Happy to fill you in on how I'm approaching it - or intending to!
    Do you have any money for materials?
    I'm making quite a lot of my own stuff as I have a small group and limited time.
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  11. BrightonEarly

    BrightonEarly Occasional commenter

    @zewcollins - Why not contact my old school and see if they will sell you our German resources? This is the last year of German in the school. I’ll send you a message with contact details.
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  12. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Very sensible to suggest that, though as a German specialist I'm so sad to see the phasing out of German. :(
    And glad I'm now retired so don't have the problem of trying to justify its continuance to SMT. ;)
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  13. BrightonEarly

    BrightonEarly Occasional commenter

    Exactly my thoughts, I try not to dwell on it. I suppose it is helping me to cope with no longer teaching as my job wouldn’t still exist in any case.
    agathamorse and Lara mfl 05 like this.

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