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Useful German Websites

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Ashcombe School – Language resources

As a widely respected Language College with a remit to share resources with others, The Ashcombe School puts many language teaching resources online – from iPod projects to primary resources. www.ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk

BBC Languages – FREE

The BBC website offers a wide range of language programmes, games and activities on all levels. www.bbc.co.uk

BBC’s Bitesize Revision

The BBC’s Bitesize Revision website covers several GCSE subjects, including German. The material is written by examiners and teachers and reflects key areas of the examination syllabus. www.bbc.co.uk

BBC Cool German

The BBC Cool German website offers short audio files with colloquial German vocabulary on several youth-related topics. A good way to bring German youth culture alive in the classroom! www.bbc.co.uk

BBC’s schools programme guide

The BBC’s schools programme guide informs you about German language series which are broadcast in The Learning Zone on BBC TWO. Series like Hallo aus Berlin and D-Mag can be used as interesting and up-to-date classroom resources. www.bbc.co.uk

Beginner’s German Online Course

Paul Joyce of the German Department of the University of Portsmouth (previously the University of Exeter) has designed an online beginner’s German course. It currently contains twelve chapters of dialogue and exercises which have been designed to give the absolute beginner a grounding in the rudiments of the German language, as well as providing background information about life and culture in the German-speaking countries. www.utils.exeter.ac.uk

Bilingual Chat

Bilingual Chat is an online community of people around the globe who are learning foreign languages. Users can practice their language skills with native speakers, help others to learn their language, browse language resources and learn about international culture and travel. www.bilingualchat.com

Culturally Authentic Pictoral Lexicon

An extremely useful pictoral lexicon, with words and images for everything from ‘Astronaut’ to ‘Zement’. www.capl.washjeff.edu

Curriculum bits

Curriculumbits.com is an online library of e-learning resources that can be accessed free of charge. All resources are developed by e-learning specialists in collaboration with teachers to ensure that each activity meets specific objectives of the national curriculum. The use of video, audio, animation and interactivity engages students to facilitate learning. www.curriculumbits.com

Deutsch lernen – Deutsche Welle

Die Deutsche Welle’s website for German teachers and learners offers a wide range of free online resources. Highlights include the web-soap ‘Jojo sucht das Glück’ and the audio course ‘Radio D’, as well as regularly updated texts and worksheets to download. www.dw.de – Learning German

Foreign language TV

- Deutsche Welle online

Die Deutsche Welle (DW), is the official German international broadcaster. They offer a vast online radio and TV programme in German, English and 30 other languages. You can receive their TV programmes in digital mode via satellite or per online video stream from their website: www.dw.de

- Ehrensenf – online TV programme

Funny, short news in German, presented by young people and based on interesting and curious websites. A brilliant way to capture your pupils’ attention. www.ehrensenf.de

- N-TV

The German news channel N-TV offers online video programmes and podcasts on all the latest topics: www.n-tv.de

- Planet Schule

You can find interesting films that cover curriculum subjects and topics of special interest for pupils on the Planet Schule website. Recommended for A-Level students of German.

www.planet-schule.de

- Tagesschau online

Your pupils can watch online video news and podcasts from Germany’s most famous news programme. www.tagesschau.de

German Pronunciation Guide

The website of Portsmouth University hosts this useful guide, where the sounds of German are explained with reference to the letters that students encounter in German words, and key German phonemes are explained.

ttp://userweb.port.ac.uk

Goethe-Institut London: ‘FUNology’ for Primary Classes

Are you looking for new ideas for motivating German lessons? Then just browse through the game collection: Exercises for fun dialogues, activity games, ring games and vocabulary games and much more…
www.goethe.de

Goethe-Institut London: AS/A2 Level Materials

A new website for A-Level German students which offers links to a wide selection of German online materials relating to cultural topics discussed in AS/A2. The website also includes a quiz and online community.
www.goethe.de

German Music Charts website

The new German Music Charts website allows students to listen to German songs that have recently been in the German charts and watch video clips.
www.goethe.de

German about.com

A comprehensive and varied selection of language activities, information and teaching materials. Includes sound files, grammar and daily German.
http://german.about.com

Goethe-Institut London

The Goethe-Institut London offers a large variety of resources to support German teaching. You can find information on teaching materials, a lending service, seminars and workshops for teachers and students, school visits and much more.
www.goethe.de

Hot Potatoes

The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. Hot Potatoes is not freeware, but it is free of charge for educational institutions who make their pages available on the web.
http://hotpot.uvic.ca

- Hennings House

Channel 4 provides online information for teachers to accompany their educational TV programmes. Language-learning notes include background information, activities, programme aims and outcomes, with reference to the National Curriculum.
www.ltscotland.org.uk

Juma das Jugendmagazin

A youth magazine with many interesting and relevant articles for your pupils. The print magazine has been discontinued, but you can still download articles from the online archive.
www.juma.de

Jetzt.de

Online youth magazine of German quality newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. Features up-to-date and interesting articles, which can be used for Year 12 and Year 13 students.
http://jetzt.sueddeutsche.de

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Klar

Klar is an independent website for teaching German in the classroom or for study at home. The website includes lots of games and quizzes! www.klar.co.uk

Leo

Leo is a comprehensive online German-English dictionary. http://dict.leo.org

Lingo

Lingo is a website created especially for children between the ages of 6 and 12 by the Goethe-Institut and the German Foreign Office. It presents the German language and culture in a fun and interactive way. The Lingo website also has an area for teachers, schools and other institutions. www.lingonetz.de

Medienwerkstatt Online – Wissenskarten

The ‘Wissenskarten’ on topics that range from Arts and Technology to famous people and society, are a useful resource for A-Level students of German. www.medienwerkstatt-online.de

Modern Foreign Language Environment

An up-to-date overview of the latest DVDs, podcasts, a TV and cinema guide with films to use in the classroom is provided by the MFLE Scotland. www.ltscotland.org.uk

Moodle

Moodle is a course management system (CMS) – a free, Open Source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities. A language pack for German is available at: http://download.moodle.org

Mylo

Mylo is a free online language learning resource for students aged from 14 to 16. Pupils learn languages through a variety of computer activities and are supported in completing their online tasks through practice materials, online dictionaries, phrase books, background information and plenty of hints and tips. The site also provides opportunities for students to use their productive skills by working on writing and speaking projects. http://mylo.dcsf.gov.uk/

Nacell – German Online

The National Advisory Centre on Early Language Learning, co-ordinated by CiLT, the National Centre for Languages, provides a comprehensive link list of German online resources: http://www.primarylanguages.org.uk

Presse und Sprache – German press review

This monthly magazine provides learners of German with newspaper articles, vocab lists and language exercises. A brilliant and up- to-date resource for the classroom. www.sprachzeitungen.de

Puzzlemaker

Create word search and crossword puzzles with this free software – online and offline. www.puzzle-maker.com

signandsight

www.signandsight.com is the English language version of the German online culture magazine Perlentaucher (www.perlentaucher.de). It includes concise, up-to-date excerpts from the German and international press. The highlights include:

Sowieso

This online newspaper for young readers offers German articles on a variety of topics from world news to culture and curiosities. Readers can also enter forums and chat areas or help create interactive stories about Herr Maier. www.sowieso.de

Step into German

A great website about German music, very up-to-date, with quizzes, videos and short MFL articles. Step into German is an initiative of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) and coordinated by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco. www.stepintogerman.org

Teachers’ TV

Teachers’ TV is a new television channel for everyone who works in schools. The programme schedule is specially designed with busy teachers in mind and is divided into the primary, secondary and general ‘Zones’. You can watch many of the programmes on the project’s website, or on a variety of satellite and digital channels. www.teachers.tv

The Practical Support Pack – learning and teaching ICT

The Practical Support Pack is a free online collection of high quality lesson content, lesson plans, multimedia resources and ICT support materials designed to help teachers develop their teaching practice using ICT. All modern foreign languages modules are linked to the Secondary National Strategy framework for teaching modern foreign languages, the National Curriculum and QCA schemes of work. www.teachernet.gov.uk

TES (Times Educational Supplement) free resources by teachers

Share, recommend and rate resources, or simply browse the TES resource bank. The use is free, but you need to register. www.tes.co.uk

Why study languages?

Routes into Languages’ new pupil-facing website where you can find lots of interactive materials to help in the classroom, particularly for GCSE and A-level students. www.whystudylanguages.ac.uk

Yabla German

Yabla German provides online language immersion featuring authentic videos with bilingual subtitles, interactive controls, integrated dictionaries and a cloze listening game. http://german.yabla.com

Young Germany

Fabulous website with high-quality articles on relevant topics for young people. Also features podcasts and MFL articles with Vocabulary lists. www.young-germany.de

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