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Plan für G2             Aufgabe 1  - Pretest & Review            Ende:  Mo. den 13. September 2004

 Daily Log Sheetprint off a copy of this sheet and record all your work times on here. This will help you and me know how hard or easy it is for your to learn and how consistently you are working.

Reading Record Sheetprint off a copy of this sheet and record the time you spend reading in your reader as described below.

Listening Record Sheetprint off a copy of this sheet and record the time you spend listening to Pimsleur and Learn to Speak German (or other listening items) as described below.

Be sure print off, complete, and turn in your 'Unterrichtsplan'.

There are five sets of materials which will be of great value to students who wish to continue their study of German using primarily technologically based materials.


The first item will be used as a grammar reference book for English speaking students. This book will again be referred to throughout the year for explanations of English grammar which is often not completely covered in our schools. A good understanding of English grammar is very helpful in understanding how German sentences are constructed and why certain structures and forms are used.

"English Grammar for Students of German" [ISBN: 0-934034-31-1] for about $20. Call 734-663-0235 or visit www.oliviahill.com to order.


The second item is a set of CD’s which will help you improve your listening skills and will teach you a variety of structures and vocabulary. I recommend that you purchase the materials listed below and complete the lessons listed in each Aufgabeplan. This material is only audio material, so other work in this course will help establish your ability to read and write correctly in German.

"Pimsleur Language Program – German I" [ISBN: 0-7435-1836-5] for about $200 ($50 less with a coupon if you purchased the eight lesson introductory materials). Call 1-800-831-5497 or visit www.Pimsleur.com to order

The third set of materials is the other commercial German learning program that you used in German 1. I recommend the packet of materials because it contains a good set of activities for practicing the connection between the written language and the sound of the language in the section entitled ‘Pronunciation’. Two other parts of this set of materials should be used throughout the year also. There is an extensive text reference section on German grammar that can be used in conjunction with the first item listed above, and there are ‘Simulated Conversations’ which provide good listening.


Learn to Speak German” [ISBN:0-7630-6861-6] also for about $20. Call 1-800-779-6000 or visit www.learningco.com or www.broderbund.com to order. [Unfortunately, the latest information about this material is that it is out of print and will not be reprinted – and it is also not available easily through the Internt either (8/1/04)]


"Graded German Reader: Erste Stufe"[ISBN:0-669-01533-4] (I refer to this book as the GGR). This is the revised second edition published in 1978. It is available only from R.Morrey for CHS students. There is a third edition [ISBN:0-669-20159-6] available from Houghton Mifflin (see http://college.hmco.com) for about $60, but it has a few less stories available, and an earlier (1957) second edition was also produced that was very good.

This reader is a very valuable resource for the Level 2 student. It was orginally very carefully and skillfully created by Peter Hagboldt about 1933. The book contains five sections:

the first is an introduction to about 500 new words  and some 30 expressions and is an excellent review of vocabulary for the Level 2 student;

the second section contains 30 fables and short stories and introduces 170 new words and 40 phrases; this section is written with short easy sentences in the present tense;

the third section has 20 'Anekdoten' and 'Erzählungen', and some additional words and phrases; the sentence structure becomes more complex, the stories somewhat longer and it is written in the narrative past ("Präteritum");

the fourth section provides several stories about two historical figures in German popular literature; while

the fifth section contains five fairy tales of some length; here the sentences may contain several parts, a variety of cases are used, and the entire range of verb tenses may be found.


Note!! The content of some of these selections may be somewhat harsh by modern standards, but the text itself is very well crafted and will help you develop you reading skills and provide an interesting context in which to review the vocabulary and grammar material you learned in German 1 and continue to learn throughout German 2. Please enjoy the experience of reading and understanding and do remember that the stories were first written in the 1930's when people were less concerned with the appearance of violence in reading materials. 



You will also need to obtain a set of computer programs for the German 2 course: Foreign Language Instruction – German Level 2. These extremely valuable programs contain a practice computer program, three games for additional practice, and a test program, as well as all the vocabulary and grammar exercises you will need for this year.  The materials cost $40 plus S/H and tax, but they will be purchased for CHS students using German Club funds and can be obtained from R. Morrey.


"Schaum's Outline Series:  German Grammar 2/ed" from McGraw Hill publishers and written by Elke F. Gschossmann-Hendershot [ISBN: 0-07-025097-9]. This book or a newer edition can probably be found at college bookstores where German is taught. It is a no nonsense grammar rules book with 400 exercises on the various grammar topics with included answers. I recommend this as an additional way to read about the grammar topics I present on the Internet and simple exercises illustrate each new topic or rule.




1. Complete the Pretest for German 2.

Note! This pretest is not part of your graded work for German 2. It will be used to provide you with an individualized set of review exercises from the German 1 computer materials, so that you can be better prepared as you progress through the German 2 materials. In order for the pretest to be most helpful please do no reivew, use no dictionaries or other reference materials, and seek no help from friends or family. If you follow these guidelines, I will be better able to know what you learned well and still remember and where you should do some review to recall things you learned in German 1.



2. Read these three papers:  Pronunciation Guide, Pronunciation Guide Seite 2, Pronunciation Guide Seite 3 from FLI German 1 Aufgabe 1 to review the German sounds. Also listen to the sound files that correspond to these pages and practice the sounds aloud.

The sound files are available on your FLI German 1 computer program CD as audio files or you can obtain the VERY large sound files over the Internet:

                        1 – PronPage1.wav is the Pronunciation Guide

                        2 – PronPage2.wav is the Pron.Guide Seite 2

                        3 – PronPage3.wav is the Pron. Guide Seite 3

                        4 – PronPg16_7.wav is further information about items 6 & 7 on page 1



3. Now keep the pronunciation pages close at hand and turn to the Learn to Speak German materials. Start with the pronunciation section. Refer to the pronunciation sheets to help you remember how to say the vowels and consonants.

            3a. First practice all the ABC’s. Say these with the computer voice and go through all the letters as a review. If you have difficulty with any one of the sounds, repeat it each day for as long as it takes until you can say the letter correctly before the computer voice says it. The come back and practice it (saying the letter before the computer voice) once a week for the next 2 or 3 weeks.

            3b. Next practice the Vowels and Vowel Combinations. Go through the entire set at least once and preferably twice – pay special attention to 'ä', 'ö', ü', 'eu', 'au', 'äu', 'ei', and 'ie'

            3c. Then practice the Consonants and Consonant Combinations in the same manner two or three time.

            3d. Repeat the same practice a few more times over the next few weeks if you find you have some problems with some of the sounds.

Note! There is a great deal of repetition here that is designed to help you reestablish the habit of using the German way of saying the letters that you see.


4. Begin to learn two new vocabulary lists:  FLIG201 and FLIG202

4a. Print off each list, but work with one list at a time. Do the following activities for each lists to help you learn the vocabulary:

a. Read both the English and German word – say the German word aloud. Do this two times.

b. Use a card or your hand and cover up the English word; say the German word aloud and think what it means in English; repeat this process until you can say all the words in English.

c. Now place the card over the German word and look at the English word; say the German word aloud that corresponds with the English word and then check to see that you were correct; repeat this process until you can say and remember the German words correctly.

d. Use the computer program now. You can start with the multiple choice mode, but the real goal is to press ‘Enter’ and then practice spelling the words until you can do it correctly.

e. Finally, use the computer test program and take a test on the vocabulary list and print out the results – of course, you take the test without looking at any lists and without any kind of help. You will turn in this test as part of your grade for this Aufgabe.


4b Two days later come back and practice writing the words again and then once a week for two weeks practice them again, and then repeat them occasionally throughout the course; you could also use the 'Search' or 'TicTac' games as another way to review older vocabulary lists and certain grammar materials


Note! When you complete steps a-e in item 4a, you should not do them in one sitting. Work for 20 minutes, do something else and then another 20 minutes, etc.. Also, it is better to do items a-c on one day, but then to do items c-d each day for two or three days. This process spreads the learning out over several days and helps create a stronger learning trace in your mind so that you will remember them better and longer.


Note 2! You can make ‘flash cards’ to help learn the words in steps a-c above. You write in the corner of the front side the lesson number and in the middle of the card you write the English word. On the back side you write the German word – spell carefully. Now when you practice items ‘b’ and ‘c’ above you can pull out the cards for the words you learn easily and just practice the harder ones more often.


5. To review and strengthen your listening skills, listen again to the Pimsleur CD #13. Record on the Listening Record Sheet the amount of time you spend with this and the next listening activities; this sheet becomes part of your grade.


6. Take your GGR book and read the background material in the front about how the book is constructed and how to use it. Look at the vocabulary list in the back of the book. Read the table of contents. Then go to the first section 'Allerlei' and read selections 1-8. I suggest that you make a personal list of a few new words per selection that you would like to learn – either ones entirely new to you or ones that you did know but have temporarily forgotten. Start a reading record sheet (see the top of this plan) and keep accurate track of the number of hours you spend reading in the GGR book and what pages you read; this record is part of your grade for this and every Aufgabe so please keep a good record.


7. To review and strengthen your listening skills, listen again to the Pimsleur CD #14; record your listening time.


8. Practice the FLIG201 vocabulary list and take a computer test on the words.


[To ‘take a computer test’ you will use your computer practice materials. You should first use the program ‘Vocabulary and Grammar Drills’ to practice the material. The first program to practice is item number 1 ‘Vocabulary Level 2 – Lesson 1’. When you can type the words out correctly, then use the ‘Testmode’ and take a test on the items. Every time you take a test, you will test yourself on 20 items. You may take a test as many times as you like - without using any papers, books, or other help -, but you should print out your best score for your records and for the teacher.]


9. Review your new list of GGR words and try to learn some of them.


10. To review and strengthen your listening skills, listen again to the Pimsleur CD #15; record your listening time.


11. Read in GGR to the end of 'Allerlei" (selections 8-24) and continue your personal vocabulary list by adding a few words for each selection of reading – record the amount of time you spend reading these selections (but not the time learning vocabulary) onto the Reading Record Sheet.


12. Practice the FLIG202 vocabulary list and take a computer test on the words.


13. To review and strengthen your listening skills, listen again to the Pimsleur CD #16; record your listening time.


14. Continue to learn the new words in your GGR list and to review FLIG201 and FLIG202.


15. Listen to the first five lessons/chapters from Deutsche Welle – on the Internet



            Select: 'German courses'

                        Select: 'Learning German'

                                    Select: 'Beginning'

This program is for very beginning students and is based on dialogs. Most of the dialogs are explained in detail in English with excerpts from the dialog in German and then the dialog is often presented in its entirety at the end of the lesson. There are 26 lessons/chapters in the beginning series. To see if the entire dialog without commentary is replayed at the end of the lesson, move the placement marker to a point near the end – you must wait until the lesson is completely loaded before you can move the marker toward the end.



Goto Deutsch Welle Reader sheet for more information about the lessons.



16. Evaluation activities for this chapter will consist of the scores on the two computer tests, scores for reading the vocabulary words in the lists aloud with good pronunciation, and points for your completed 'Unterrichtsplan', your DailyLog sheet, your Reading Record sheet, and your Listening Record sheet.