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A wealth of materials on political and social issues in Germany are published on the website, many of which are designed for educational purposes. Teachers of AS/A2 pupils might particularly find the following pages useful:
Fluter is the magazine for 16-22 year olds and contains a wealth of useful materials for AS/A2 pupils.
A wide range of Filmhefte on a wide selection of recently published and iconic German films that can be downloaded.
This website offers language and literature teachers at German secondary school resources for their lessons and although most resource packs are charged for, the site has released some fantastic materials for the teaching of German set books and films. Kafka’s Die Verwandlung, Dürrenmatt’s Der Besuch der Alten Dame, Max Frisch’s Andorrra or Wladimir Kaminer’s short story collection are but some titles to sample.
Two more big names when it comes to publishing teaching resources in Germany! Here is a useful website that offers teaching materials to download for free – aimed at all those involved in teaching German to refugees but a welcome resource also for everyone concerned with the teaching of German as a foreign language.
This is a fantastic and authentic online tool to get discussions and debates going in the A-Level German classroom, especially in the light of the general elections this year in Germany. Wahl-O-Mat is an online tool from the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) and was launched in 2002. Its purpose has since been to motivate citizens to take advantage of their right to vote by trying to point out the differences between parties on relevant political questions. The Wahl-O-Mat presents Internet users between 30 to 40 propositions, for example, ‘All public buildings should by law become non-smoking areas’ or ‘The VAT must be raised’. Voters visiting the website are asked to take a stand on the propositions by clicking one of three buttons: ‘agree’, ‘disagree’ or ‘neutral’. At the end of the user’s session, the Wahl-O-Mat calculates the distances between the voter’s and the parties’ positions and displays the party with the smallest distance as the “result”, as the best fit.
A forum developed by the Department of German and Dutch at the University of Cambridge for teachers of German at all levels to share user-reviewed classroom materials.
The website offers a range of materials on current affairs, which are excellent resources for use in the classroom.
UK-German Connection is a bilateral UK and German government initiative for school and youth links. It aims to bring together young people from both countries and foster mutual understanding. UK-German Connection offers a range of online activities as well as information and funding on bilateral programmes, seminars and trips. The initiative is open to the primary, secondary and FE sectors.
The programme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and promotes the take-up of languages and student mobility.