HIGH-FREQUENCY GERMAN VERBS - GERMAN CONJUGATION - GERMAN GRAMMAR PRACTICE - For a real focus on the conjugation of high-frequency German verbs, I've put together 8 of my 'quick conjugation' workbooks, each with a key tense that I like my learners to be confident with - with a bonus 500 high-frequency German verbs reference book, alphabetical German-English:
There are 25 high-frequency verbs, including regular, irregular and separable verbs, 1,200 conjugation questions in total. Each workbook has ten pages, with 3 differentiated conjugation challenges, and also has an accompanying answer key book - this is an essential element of the resource for me. Not only do answer keys gives students an additional opportunity to engage with language and grammar, they definitely help them to develop more independence in their learning. They thoroughly enjoy 'correcting' their own and each others' work too!
When we work at 'quick conjugation', we discuss a range of important facts about tense and verb conjugation - for example, It’s useful to remind students of a number of things when focusing on or revising tense and verb conjugation. For example, with this the future perfect tense, students need to have a firm grasp of werden in the present tense, of how to form past participles of a range of verb types, and to get used to ensuring that the haben in its infinitive form is situated at the end of the clause or sentence, though this workbook focuses solely on the correct conjugation of verbs with ‘quick conjugations', and so does not look at word order. Conjugating werden in the present tense, and placing it together with the accompanying verb in the infinitive form is a very fixed pattern, with which students become very familiar and confident the more they work with conjugation in this tense - and these quick conjugations will certainly help to embed that successfully.
Grammar books are not consistent with grammatical terminology, so for example, the conditional perfect is I would have done or I would have said. I’ve used hätte & past participle, as ich würde gemacht haben is no longer commonly used in the way that ich hätte gemacht is for example. The conjugation is structured in the same way as the Konjunktiv II Plusquamperfekt, which is often called the pluperfect subjunctive in English grammatical terminology, though of course, the usage is different.
The structure is as follows:
Two alphabetical German-English and English-German verb lists, which is useful both short and longer-term as a reference resource.
CONJUGATION CHALLENGE 1: this challenge shows each verb conjugated across a range of pronouns. Students then write the corresponding English verb conjugation.
CONJUGATION CHALLENGE 2: this challenge shows the infinitive of each individual verb in German, and its target pronoun. Students then write the relevant verb conjugation in German.
CONJUGATION CHALLENGE 3: here, students write the corresponding German verb conjugation, and its infinitive, from an English prompt. This is really useful for those students who haven’t quite learnt the infinitives, and tend to recognize only single, individual conjugations
The Notes and Next Steps sheet is great for checking and mapping progress - we revisit it regularly, and also use it to stimulate and guide whole-group discussions.
These kinds 'quick recall conjugation' workbooks are really popular with my students, and we use them in lots of different learning contexts. For example they're great for general practice in the introduction phrase, and students often select them independently when we have our regular 15-minute free-choice slots. They're a great refresher after vacation, and ideal for sub lessons. To get the best out of the workbooks, I have a bank of them ready for my students to work on regularly and frequently.
I've included a bonus file which I think you'll find really useful (apologies if you've already purchased it, please let me know if you have, and I can send you a similarly-priced resource instead!) - it's a reference book of 500 German verbs, alphabetically German-English. I created this list over a period of time, tracking which verbs my intermediate moving into advanced German students definitely need to know. Reference resource books are a really useful learning tool for students in my experience.
Have a look at this free quick conjugation workbook sampler, which will give you a good idea of how the workbooks are structured, and if they're going to work well in your classroom.
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