What do I have in common with students that speak other languages?

Was habe ich mit Schülern, die andere Sprachen sprechen, gemeinsam?

What can I learn from friends who are different from me?

Was kann ich von Freunden lernen, die sich von mir unterscheiden?

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Back to school means making new friends! The main focus of this unit is to understand and share basic info to make a new friend or connect with German-speakers at school. Students will learn to tell some personal info (names + nationality) and do simple introductions to make friends with students at school. This is a great unit for brand new language learners. 

Proficiency Level:

Novice Low – Novice High

Length: approximately 10 days

AP Connections:

⊕ Family & Communities (Friendship)

⊕ Personal & Public Identities (multiculturalism)

Talking about these topics:

⊕ German names

⊕ nationalities

⊕ people at school (friends + teachers)

⊕ feelings

⊕ my school


Using these language skills:

⊕ greeting and saying bye

⊕ telling basic personal information

⊕ asking simple questions

⊕ giving opinions






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  1. Antonia Boyle

    Okay,I am totally excited about this. Our new semester begins on Monday and I’m totally using this unit!!!

    • Megan Smith

      Toni! I hope it make prep a little easier! Let me know if you see anything that needs an adjustment along the way. Really, I’d love to hear any feedback you have after you use it. Have a great semester, my friend!

      • Antonia Boyle

        Will do! And thank you so much for all you and Kara do!! I’ll also be using the Mode one for German 2. I know you haven’t any lessons built for that (last time I looked) and I have a few I based off of French that I would love to share with you. : ) Especially since you have several German teachers now that can eyeball it for errors!! I’d love the feedback as well.

  2. Suzanne Greenwalt

    This, as will everything you do, is fabulous!

    The image for der Kuss (the kiss) however has gone kaputt. Could you please replace it at your earliest convenience?
    Vielen Dank!

    • Megan Smith

      Hi, Suzanne! Hope you’re doing well! Glad you can use this unit. Fixed the image, but cheek kiss photos (copyright free) are hard to find!! Hopefully this gets the message across!

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