Professional Organizations

Useful Resources for the Classroom

  • NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements  Help learners identify what they need to do to function at a specific level of proficiency,  help educators plan curriculum, units of instruction, and daily lessons to help learners improve their performance and reach a targeted level of proficiency. Through multiple opportunities to show that they “can do” in classroom formative and summative assessment, unit by unit, learners collect the evidence that points toward a specific proficiency level.
  • ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages  Clarifies and better illustrates the five “C” goal areas and 11 standards in order to guide implementation and influence assessment, curriculum, and instruction.
  • Portal  A portal on all things German, was launched in 2012 at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. It provides content in seven languages and specifically targets users abroad.
  • Germany in Class  With bi-monthly updates on German language news and free lesson plans, “Germany in Class” is a great classroom resource. The newsletters keep German and social studies teachers as well as study abroad advisors informed about study abroad opportunities, scholarships, and contests.
  • Deutschland Nachrichten  The German-language newsletter “Deutschland-Nachrichten” delivers the news from Germany to your inbox every Monday. If you are a German living in America or an American who wants to keep up with Germany and practice your German, sign up for the “Deutschland-Nachrichten” to stay in touch.
  •  Webpage for ZDF kids programming. It offers authentic material for learners in a bold, colorful format. Logo offers news on a variety of topics. You can stream television episodes as well as feature movie specials. Much more to discover.
  • Great place for ordering DVDs, music, books, and audiobooks. German editions. Reasonable prices. Quick deliveries.

Useful Apps for the Classroom

Calm – Guided Meditation and short stories for listening in German.

StoryPlanet Deutsch – Short stories for reading in class with vocabulary support activities and definitions.

Duolingo – Practice with student linked accounts, where teachers can assign homework.

Instagram – Conversation prompts and authentic language to use in the classroom.

Anchor – Podcast creator for speaking practice.

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