GERMAN SPEAKING CARDS GRAMMAR FOCUS: SEPARABLE VERBS IN THE PERFECT TENSE
This is a set of 100 question and answer cards, with an accompanying reference book with all questions and answers written out in full in German. My students really appreciate the chance to practice their speaking in pairs or small groups, as they generally find speaking the most challenging aspect of their learning. I give each set of prompt cards a particular focus, in this case it's an important grammar point - separable verbs, and how to use them in the perfect tense. There's a lot going on grammatically - thinking about how and when to use the perfect tense in German, which doesn't exactly mirror the use of the perfect tense in English or Spanish for example (my students have a range of first languages), how separable verbs act in the perfect tense, which is counter to what they know of separable verbs in the present tense for example, with the prefix going to the end of the sentence or clause, and of course forming the past participle of the stem verb.
The cards really aren't just a mix and match activity - there are lots of ways to use them effectively, and I've described a range of ways that work well with my students. As they develop both confidence and competence, we move on to using either a question or an answer prompt, with students then suggesting and creating their own appropriate question and answer. It's multi-skill too - we use the card template to create questions and answers in writing, and this gives students the chance to use their German creatively and practically.
The reference book is for us an essential learning resource - not only do my students use it as a year-round reference, we often just pick it up and do some quick 5 or 10 minute whole-group translation, grammar or vocab quiz. We use the Notes and Next Steps template regularly - it's a great way for both me and my students to map progress, and think about what we need to do to progress, and what we might need to work a little more on. I use each set of my Talk Time cards on a regular basis, that's how to get the best out of them, and we often revisit even the more beginner German sets as we advance - I've found that my students enjoy going 'back to the start'.
The cards do take a bit of prep: printing and laminating. I definitely recommend laminating the cards, as they are far more learner-friendly and last for absolutely years too, so the extra time and expense is really worth it. If we're doing centers or carousel learning, I tend to have one set per small groups of 3 or 4 students, or if I'm giving them a wide choice of activities to choose from, one set per pair of students is great too. The book is good to go - download, print and photocopy. If your copier has a double-sided and staple function, it's good to print double-sided, with a double staple down the left-hand side, as then it looks and acts like a 'real' book, which is also really learner-friendly.
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