to introduce the students to German geography; to familiarize them with the most popular German sport; to introduce new vocabulary and useful expressions.
map of Germany (overhead) / soccer field & vocabulary (overhead) / whistle / yellow & red card / paper “ball” / Gummibärchen / Deutschbuch, page 18 (dii-18.pdf) – Beware: You will have to prepare approx. 20-30 review questions for the soccer game!
A. Review colors and objects – esp. clothes (approx. 7 min)
- Play Ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst, und das ist (color): Choose a clothing article someone in class is wearing. It has to be of a certain color. Tell the students they have to guess what you have in mind. Procedure: You say e.g. Ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst, und das ist rot. As the students guess what clothing article you have in mind (e.g. Es ist Sonjas T-Shirt.), you lead them along by saying things like: Nein! Kalt! Wärmer! Sehr warm! Richtig! When a student finds the right object, it is his/her turn to choose another clothing article of a certain color.
- Write Ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst, und das ist … on the board and have students repeat it several times. Do the same with Nein! Kalt! Wärmer! Sehr warm! Richtig! Play the game several times.
B. Introducing German soccer teams (approx. 7 min)
- Introduce German soccer to the students: Tell them that it is called Fußball, which translates into “football” but, in fact, means “soccer.”
- Ask the students if they know any German soccer teams. Tell them that almost all of the major German cities have their own soccer team and that almost all Germans are crazy about soccer. Introduce several German soccer teams (Bayern München / 1. FC (erster ef ce [=Fußballclub]) Köln / Hamburger SV (es vau [=Sportverein]) / Hertha BSC Berlin / Werder Bremen / Dynamo Dresden) and point out on the map where those teams are from. Tell the students to mark those cities on the front pages of their Deutschbuch. Example: Es gibt Bayern München. Diese Mannschaft ist in München. München liegt im Süden von Deutschland.
- Show the students the soccer field on page 18 of the Deutschbuch and introduce the vocabulary to them. Have them repeat the words.
C. Preparing the game (approx. 10 min)
- Tell the students that you will be playing a German soccer game. First introduce the (simplified) rules and the important vocabulary: There are two teams. Each team consists of 11 players. Some of them are offence players, some are defense players, and there is one goalie. Each team tries to score by kicking the ball into the goal of the opposing team. A game lasts 90 minutes. Games can be won, lost, or end in a draw.
- Vocabulary (on overhead): der Ball (ball) / das Tor (goal) / die Mannschaft (team) / der Spieler – plural: die Spieler (player) / der Torwart (goalie) / gewinnen (to win) / verlieren (to lose) / unentschieden spielen (to draw).
- After having explained the game and introduced the words, repeat this in German: Es gibt zwei Mannschaften. Jede Mannschaft hat elf Spieler. Es gibt einen Torwart. Jede Mannschaft will Tore schießen. Das Spiel dauert neunzig Minuten. Ein Team kann das Spiel gewinnen, verlieren oder unentschieden spielen.
- Ask: What happens if one of the players breaks the rules? (à referee) … How could the referee interrupt the game / make himself heard? (a whistle) … How could he punish a player for breaking the rules? (a yellow card: warning / red card: player has to leave the game). The introduce yourself as the referee: Ich bin der Schiedsrichter (referee). Das ist meine Pfeife (whistle). Das ist meine rote Karte. Ask: Wer bin ich? / Was ist das?
- Divide the students into two teams (Bayern München und Werder Bremen). Ask: Welche Kleider trägt ein Spieler? – ein T-Shirt (ein Trikot) / eine kurze Hose / Fußballschuhe.
- Draw a big goal on the board and say: Das ist das Tor.
D. The soccer game (approx. 12 min)
- Explain the rules of the game you will be playing: Divide the class into two teams and have them choose the German soccer team they want to be. You are the referee. You throw a coin (standard soccer procedure) to determine which team will get the ball first. Hand the (paper) ball to the team. Tell the students that you will be asking them review questions. The team in possession of the ball has 10 seconds to answer the question in correct German. If the team answers correctly, they advance toward the opposing team’s goal (20 meters for a simple question, 30 meters for a difficult one). If the team does not answer the question correctly, the other team gets a chance to answer it. If they answer it correctly, they get in possession of the ball – however, without advancing toward the goal. [Important: Only the team in possesson of the ball can move toward the goal after giving the correct answer. The other team can simply snatch the ball withou moving.] Then the next question is asked. Once a team reaches a goal, one of the students of that team gets up and throws the ball at the board. If he hits the goal, his team scores.
- Start the game by blowing a whistle. If any of the students try to cheat in any way, whistle and show the yellow (and later the red) card. [Do not hurt anyone’s feelings though – make it a fun thing to get penalized!] The referee should always comment on the game by giving feedback to the students, e.g. Das ist gut! / Bravo! / Asugezeichnet! / Sehr schön!
- Important expressions: Der Spieler gibt den Ball ab. / Er schießt den Ball. / Er schießt ein Tor. / Der Torwart hält den Ball. / Der Ball ist im Aus. / Es steht eins zu null für Bayern München. / Es steht eins zu eins unentschieden.
E. Siegerehrung (approx. 3 min)
- When you run out of questions to ask, announce the winning team: Bayern München / Werder Bremen hat gewonnen. or Bayern München und Werder Bremen haben unentschieden gespielt. Instead of a trophy, give Gummibärchen to the winners. Give Gummibärchen to the losers as well, explaining that those were the two finalists and they both deserve a trophy.
F. Wind-down: soccer song (approx. 5 min)
- Explain that because Bayern München is such a good team, all the other teams hate the Münchener. Teach the anti-Bayern München song to the students: Zieht den Bayern die Lederhosen aus, Lederhosen aus, Lederhosen aus! Zieht den Bayern die Lederhosen aus, Lederhosen aus, Lederhosen aus! (Make up a simple melody!)